2013-03-21 Weekly IT Update

This Week

Network Outages – Random

PCHS Technology – Reminder

Evernote – In the Classroom

Modern Teachers – 10 Necessary Skills

 

Network Outages – You may have noticed that there have been some times in recent weeks where we have lost connectivity to different sites (including ALEC and internet sites). This is happening for a couple of different reasons. First, the new internet filter, iBoss, is still being tweaked by District and may cause some downtime while it is being worked out. It is a completely new filter and is being worked on to have it resemble settings from the old iPrism filter. Fortunately, there are some better options with the new filter, it’s just a matter of getting to the point to where they can be implemented. Second, in preparation for our upgraded infrastructure (i.e. install of more wireless networking at PCHS), there may be some times when outside connectivity may be temporarily disconnected. It shouldn’t be very often but just be aware that changes to internal hardware configurations by District Facilities may lead to brief outages. I apologize for any inconveniences that either of these may incur.

PCHS Technology – As iPads are going to become very popular with you all soon enough, I just wanted to send out a reminder that I have created an ALEC site named ‘PCHS Technology’ which has links to quite a few different applications for the iPad which you may be able to use in the classroom. Alongside the links, I have also posted video walkthroughs on many of the products (some are just reviews) so that you can take a look before you vest any time in the use of a program you may/may not use. For those that are wondering, some of my favorite apps include: Evernote, Dropbox, Haiku Deck, and Socrative. You are all enrolled in the PCHS Technology ALEC site so take a look. I also update the site with frequency and have put resources, categorized by department, out there for your use.

Evernote – As I just mentioned Evernote as one of my favorite apps, I came across this blog entry about how Evernote has revolutionized the classroom. Check out the article at: http://edudemic.com/2013/03/the-evernote-experiment/ . Personally, this is how I take notes in my ‘Renaissance/Middle Ages’ course at UCCS. It’s much quicker, cleaner, easier to add/move notes from one section to another, and it is accessible across devices (i.e. iPad, Nexus, computer, etc.) so I can check them anywhere at anytime. Take a look at the blog and see why the teacher chose Evernote and how it has affected his classroom/students.

Modern Teachers – Ever wonder what kind of skills educators should employ to be successful in the modern classroom? Look no further. Author Jeff Dunn provides ten different ‘rules’ as to what you can do to make the transition from the ‘traditional’ classroom to a more modern one. And it isn’t as scary as you might think. As with students, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is realizing that failure is perfectly acceptable. Take a look at this article for more in-depth information: http://edudemic.com/2013/03/the-10-skills-modern-teachers-must-have/

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