Friday, October 9, 2015

Change Your Network Password

With students and staff primarily using MacBook Air laptops and iPads, it’s easy to forget how to change your Network password. We have direct links to change your Network password in two locations on our District website (in the black sidebar on the left).

For security purposes, you can only change your network password while you are in Barrington 220 on our network.

District Website Home > Staff > Infinite Campus
[must be logged in]

District Website Home > Students > Infinite Campus
[no login required]

The direct link to change your Network password is:

Apps for Everyone!

Barrington 220 students in Grades 6–8 and their teachers now have iPads, thanks to our One to World initiative. Additionally, at least one grade level of teachers and students in each elementary school also have iPad access. Barrington High School students and teachers have MacBook Air laptops. The addition of these powerful teaching and learning tools opens opportunities for teachers to personalize learning and for students to demonstrate learning in ways not possible without technology.

For teachers and students to best harness the power of these devices, they need unfettered access to obtaining the best software and apps available. Our devices can be used both for consumption of content and as transformational tools, due to their ability to create content.

Together, the Teaching & Learning and Technology & Innovation departments want to provide teachers and students with easy access to the best tools available. Therefore, we've worked together to develop a Barrington 220 Software/App Requisition Process. We hope this process will help teachers consider the "cost" of apps, provide teachers and students with quick access to instructional resources, and boost the abilities of the iPad and MacBook Air to transform teaching and learning.

Regarding the "cost" of apps, please remember that downloading software to a device may cost dollars (in the case of paid apps), but all apps cost space on the devices—especially on iPads with more limited storage than MacBook Air laptops. We want students to be able to download and create documents, videos, photos, animations, and other projects on their devices without constantly being concerned about available space. Therefore, we must strike a careful balance of providing the best apps available to maximize the potential of our devices.

Here is the Barrington 220 Software/App Requisition Process.

Barrington 220 Software/App Requisition Process
  1. TSA processes the request for software and apps
    1. TSA completes the Software/App Requisition Google Form with Teacher
    2. TSA emails Director of Instructional Technology for notification
  1. All software and apps need approval from:
    1. Directors of Curriculum and Instruction
      1. As a resource and teaching tool
    2. Director of Instructional Technology
      1. As a resource and teaching tool
      2. To compare to other options
      3. To compare to existing software and apps
    3. Technology Department
      1. For size and cost
  1. Director of Instructional Technology reviews request and shares annotated recommendation (Google Doc) via email
    1. Director of Curriculum and Instruction responds
    2. Technology Team responds
    3. Decision is made
  1. Finalized Decision communicated to Teacher and TSA making request
    1. with reasoning or alternative software/apps if denied
    2. with communication to all TPACK members if accepted (with annotated recommendation for use)
    3. by Director of Instructional Technology
  1. Software or App Recorded and Communicated
    1. Technology Department
    2. Director of Instructional Technology (shared Google Doc with Department of Curriculum and Instruction)
    3. Communicated to Staff and Students on LaunchPad webpage

Barrington 220 Software/Apps Requisition Documents

If you have any questions about the process, or wish to check on the status of a request, please do not hesitate to contact me at or text/talk at 224.230.8520.

Revision History History in Google Drive

As an avid user of Google Drive and a user who is concerned about the design and consistency of documents, I often use the time-saving feature of beginning with a previous Google Doc (i.e., formatted memo, meeting agenda), selecting File > Make a Copy, and then creating my new document using my previous document as a template.

It is worth noting that while this is a great time-saving feature, you may also be creating a potential confidentiality issue. The first edit you make on your copy (deleting your old content) becomes a part of your revision history for the new document, and any user with whom you share your document may go into Edit > See revision history and see the contents of the old document. Hopefully, the revision history content you deleted does not contain confidential or other sensitive information; however, this is not always the case.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a “bug” in Google Drive, this is the way revision history works.

There is a workaround to prevent potential confidentiality issues from occurring.
1. Open a Google document you wish to use as a template.
2. Select File > Make a Copy. The document will be titled “Copy of Document title.”
3. Make your revisions (delete old content and leave the format/content you wish to keep).
4. Select File > Make a Copy [a second time]. The document will be titled “Copy of Copy of Document title.” (You can change the document's title after you create the copy.)
5. Share with others as desired.

The SECOND copy is a fresh, new Google document with no revision history. You will likely want to go back to your Google Drive list and delete the first copy you made to keep your Google Drive organized.

Here is an example of what NOT to do:

Instructional Technology Links for October

Periodically, I share links for teachers to strengthen Digital Age instruction. These Instructional Technology Links, ITL, appear below with short explanations.

General Education
A Collection of Growth Mindset Videos
Curated by the great Larry Ferlazzo, this collection of Mindset videos are based on Carol Dweck's work. They're all great!

All of My All-Time Best Lists in One Place
Since I already mentioned Larry Ferlazzo, here is the link to his website page with all of his lists of the best Web 2.0 tools, apps, etc. for education. Be prepared to lose an hour or two once you fall into this rabbit hole.

Great Graduation Video
If you need a motivational video to get you back into the spirit of back-to-school...

School vs Learning
Eye-opening infographic from George Couros that will help you reframe your daily objectives.

Education Transformation
Great article from iNACOL on moving from traditional educational practices to technology-integrated, personalized learning, and blended learning models.

The Traditional Good Student isn't the same anymore!
Great infographic about past expectations of student behavior and achievement and how that has changed in 21st Century education.

The Kid Should See This
Website chock-full of really cool videos designed to spark wonder and questioning among students.

Wonderopolis introduces a new wonder to students each day and offers non-fiction readings to accompany student questions.

18 Education Twitter Chats Worth Your Time
New to Twitter? Ready to take the next step and join Twitter Chats? This article mentions 18 great Twitter chats that will be worth your time.

Standards-Based Grading: The Results from J.S. Morton High School District 201
Article about one school's experience with integrating standards-based grading.

Special Education
15 Assistive Technology Tools and Resources for Students with Disabilities
This article from TeachThought highlights some of the best apps and settings to help students with special needs. Many of these apps and settings are good for all learners—not just those with special needs.

Close Reading IS Strategic Reading
Great article from Heinemann on the parallels between close reading strategies and strategic reading. There are quotes from Stephanie Harvey's late-June release, Comprehension and Collaboration, Revised Edition.

Level It Books App
An iPad and iPhone app that scans book bar codes and retrieves title, author, dra, lexile, gle, and gr.

Math Games
Common Core-based math games designed to gamify student learning and demonstration of learning. Students play so many games outside of school time, this site offers them the change to play them in school and learn while they do it.

Cue Think
Cue Think makes math practice interactive and draws metacognition from the minds of students.

Periodic Table of Elements from TED
Organized into the Periodic Table and made by TED, these 2-10 minute videos feature explanations about the atomic structure, reactive properties, and prevalence of each element. I found it quite addicting to click on the next element to learn more!

Google Street View Now Takes You Underwater
Google Street View is available for terrestrial Earth, Mars, the Moon, and now underwater on Earth!

Social Studies
Mission US
Interactive game designed to engage students in learning about U.S. History.

Discovery Education Student Sets
Free, downloadable iBooks from Discovery Education. Great resources for non-fiction books for specific events in history.

Instructional Technology Integration
14 Trends We Should Be Thinking About
This blog post from Will Richardson points out some jarring statistics regarding technology use by school-aged children. The information about the amount of time spent online and how students consume information online more and more through live-streaming video piqued my interest.

21st Century Skills and Attributes Checklist
Great list of 21st Century Skills from Gareth Butcher for teachers to consider planning for in their lessons.

Discovering Educational Content
This iPad iBook is designed to help teach teachers how to find educational content for integrating technology in the classroom, in the iPad App Store.

Digital Compass
Discovery Learning online game designed to teach students how to behave responsibly online.  Great tool for teaching digital citizenship.

Lego Worlds
Lego World Released
Two articles about Lego's announcement of their Lego Worlds program, a first-person builder program with online connectivity like Minecraft.

Girls Into STEM
UK-based site with great ideas, lessons, links about integrating STEM practices into the general classroom, especially for girls.

Very Good Google Forms Tools for Teachers
This blog post from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning features three great Add-ons for Google Forms that benefit teachers. My favorite, AutoCrat, creates a Google Doc with completed Google Form information into a Google Form template as a PDF file.

Multiple Google Forms into One Google Sheet
A great technique shared by Alice Keeler about how to collate the information gleaned from multiple Google Forms into one Google Sheet.

Google Sheets: Splitting Numbers from Text
Another great Alice Keeler explanation on how to extract numbers in a Google Sheet from a cell that also contains text.

Gamify Searching Google Drive
Yet another Alice Keeler find. This one offers a way to make a game out of teaching students to search Google Drive.

App Guide for Parents and Teachers
This link offers SafeSearch's take on popular iPad apps and their relative safety rating. The ratings also include the proper age restrictions which are particularly helpful for parents and teachers of middle school-aged students.

30 Essential iPad Apps for the Paperless Classroom
An awesome post from ICTEvangelist. These 30 apps can help transform your classroom.  Although our goal in BSD220 isn't necessarily to become paperless, these ideas help to strengthen instructional practices, bring students to deeper curriculum resources, and reach all learners.

How to Visually Record Ideas Using iPad
Great article from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on capturing student metacognition and using it to drive instruction and personalized learning.

Feel free to share your experiences with these links, or share some of your own in the comments section below!

Project Horsepower 3.0

Two years ago, Barrington 220, with the support of the Barrington Area Development Council, entered into a partnership with Comcast to bring wireless Internet service into the homes of eligible Barrington 220 families. After two earlier iterations of the application process, we have launched Project Horsepower 3.0. 

The program continues to serve families eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and who do not currently have full-priced Comcast Internet service at home (current Comcast Internet Essentials customers are welcome to apply). Families who have Internet service through another provider (such as AT&T) are also welcome to apply, regardless of the level of service they currently have. Families that are unsure of the level of Internet service status at home can still apply and Comcast will help to evaluate the applications and will advise applicants of findings.

Applications returned to Joann Fullman at BHS will be processed according to the following timetable:

Application Time Table
Family to Receive Status of Application
Received on or before October 12
by October 30
Received on or before November 13
by December 4
Received on or before January 11
by January 30
Received on or before February 12
by February 29
Received on or before March 14
by April 8
Received on or before May 13
by May 30

Applicants and more information about the program can be found at or contact your building library staff. 

Verify Your Staff Data in Infinite Campus

Trees are  bursting with bright colors and leaves are falling to the ground reminding us that inclement weather may be coming in the not-so-distant future. Infinite Campus (IC) is the district’s Student Information System, but it’s that time year when it’s equally important for staff data to be complete and accurate in Infinite Campus. Phone calls regarding school closings are initiated through Infinite Campus. All staff should have a phone number on file, and the check mark should be checked under Emergency and Priority (illustrated in attached document).

Please reveiew your IC personal information before October 20, 2015.

  • Every Barrington 220 employee should have an Infinite Campus login.
  • Infinite Campus can be accessed from the Staff page of the district website.
  • User Name for Infinite Campus is the same as a user’s network login.
  • User Password is the same as the user’s network password.
  • Log into IC (navigate to Campus Tools, if necessary).
  • Expand the menu selection Census.
  • Click on My Data.
  • Review existing data.
  • Submit a "request" to update data.
  • Make data changes.
  • Save the record.
  • Wait 72 hours to confirm requested data changes have been processed.
  • "My Data" in Infinite Campus is always open to receive your updated information.
  • The Primary Email address is used for district email and should always be your Barrington 220 email account.

QUESTION:  Where do I go for help?
ANSWER:  Create a tech ticket for Infinite Campus in Group Link or call the IC Help Desk at 847-842-3580.

 Step-by-Step Instructions

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