2012-10-03 Weekly IT Update

This Week:

iOS6 – Personal Device Network vs. ASD20

Mission Statement – Accountability

Pods – Food and Drink Reminder

QR Codes – In the Classroom

Tech-Powered Teacher – By: Salman Khan

 

iOS6 – So there were some general problems with iPads that had upgraded to iOS6 this week. Some people realized that they were now unable to get on the ASD20 Personal Device Network. This has since been remedied and once you go to the regular Authentication Page (to gain access to internet resources) there is an option that wasn’t there before to log in with an iOS6 device. Just click it and you’ll be ready and raring to go. Or, if you’re more inclined, I actually put all of the PCHS iPads on the ASD20 network at the beginning of the semester so you should be able to log in there. Reminder that the ASD20 network has fewer people attempting to log in so it will be better for you anyhow. If you continue to have problems with any device, laptop, or the like, please feel free to contact one of us on the Tech Team and we’ll be happy to help!

Mission Statement – If you didn’t already know, the Pine Creek High School Tech Team has a brand new mission statement. An idea of what it is all about: The Mission of the Pine Creek High School Information Technology Department will be to foster positive relationships with students, educators, and the administration team. Our goal is to make sure that any and all requests for assistance are resolved and, if they cannot be settled by the PCHS Tech Team, further needs will be addressed by Tier III technical support at the District level. By providing and maintaining high quality service through prompt and reliable technical support the PCHS Tech Team will be readily available for all of your technology needs. For the complete breakdown of how we plan to meet this mission, please feel free to check out the PCHS Technology ALEC site and the statement is right there at the top of the page. As the purpose of the statement is to promote accountability on the part of the Tech Team here at PCHS, please feel free to let Nathan Gorsch know if you are having any issues with the Team. Thank you for your assistance in this.

Pods – It has come to our attention that there have been a bevy of teachers choosing to eat food and drink water in and around our Pod computers. Reports have shown that this happens 1 – 2 times a month and there have even been reports of elevated noise levels in these areas during this time. If you see any of the educators from the picture below eating or drinking near the computers in the Pods, please feel free to report them to the Dean for a referral!

QR Codes – So, you may have seen QR codes around and didn’t know what they were or didn’t care. For those that don’t know, QR codes are basically bar codes that are scanned to provide information. Think of them like the UPC on a can of beans. The register scans the UPC and gives it information on the product. A QR code works exactly the same way but is accessible to anyone with a scanner (people with smart phones, iPads, tablets, etc.). The point is, there are tools out there that allow you to add a QR code to a document. For more ideas on how to use QR codes check out: http://edudemic.com/2012/09/start-qr-codes-classroom/

Tech-Powered Teacher – If you are unfamiliar with Salman Khan, creator of the Khan Academy (http://www.khanacademy.org/ ), you might not know that he has created a web site that has been used over 194 million times. It consists of videos covering a range of topics and each video has been created to provide tools and information in a simple and concise way. The point is, in this article by Salman Khan (see link), he writes about how technology is not the silver bullet that will solve all educational programs, but is a tool that can be used to help assess and educate in a different way. Keep in mind that in reference to educational technology it leans primarily towards the Khan Academy (as can be expected). Take a look at: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/10/03/06khan_ep.h32.html?tkn=PRLFafgPAiYJydHYzIsVsZJHKYYH4hvuGqs5&cmp=ENL-EU-VIEWS1

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