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We will install WiDi devices at each school in the coming months as the third phase of the Helix laptop rollout. With this installation comes the ability to wirelessly connect to the classroom projector. Teachers will gain mobility in the classroom without having to be tethered to the desktop just to control the computer, meanwhile gaining the ability to use interactive software and Windows apps (such as SmartNotebook/Starboard Software and programs with pen tools such as Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote) with the Helix stylus and touch screen features. Click the video below to learn how to connect the Helix to a WiDi device.
It was a busy start of the school year for instructional technology and our information technology department. We rolled out over 400 Lenovo ThinkPad Helix laptops to each of our certified staff as part of our computer refresh. Moreover, we are excited to move forward with technology integration to enhance teaching and learning. We used a flip training model as a prerequisite to the laptop delivery and the accompanying hands-on training.
In an effort to support certified staff with resources, we have posted a list of Tech Quick Guides and video resources on the right-hand column of this page. Check back frequently for updates!
We began our second year of Tech Tuesday publications with important technology news, quick tips, instructional technology tools, and teacher features. The TUHSD Tech Tuesday archive is located in the My Big Campus bundle.
Our district has begun using Office 365 for e-mail access. Users may log onto their accounts by clicking on the "Office365" login screen icon located on the school computer desktop screen or typing https://login.microsoftonline.com. As we continue this transition, we will begin to use more features such as SkyDrive Pro, Office 365 Web Apps, and SharePoint.
For more information, please refer to the SharePoint SkyDrive Overview, located within the Technology Quick Guides section on the top, right corner of this page.
My Big Campus (MBC) is the learning management system our district supports. With this, teachers have the ability to manage group content to include online discussions, resources, optional chat features, group calendars, assignments and quizzes, and additional group pages.
MBC features a 24 hour, live helpdesk resource, known as Bob Campus. Teachers and students may post questions on Bob Campus’s wall with specific concerns. Additionally, Bob Campus promotes digital citizenship and student online safety by looking out for and addressing inappropriate/offensive user posts.
Thousands of CCC! Streaming Media and content partner videos are available for classroom use through MediaCAST. MediaCAST is our district multimedia database, which allows teachers to checkout educational videos and to display them through the computer/projector connection. We are also using MediaCAST to broadcast morning announcements at Copper Canyon High School, Westview High School, and soon Sierra Linda High School!
Sign in to MediaCAST while on the district network by entering your district credentials. Use the Quick Search tool to browse the numerous resources available!
Our IT department has worked diligently over the years to maintain and support our school computer labs. During school year 2011-2012, a number of laptop carts were deployed at each main site, and again, during school year 2012-2013, more were sent out to our schools for classroom use. Our hope is to provide our teachers and students more opportunities to promote and demonstrate 21st Century learning with technology and thereby improve academic success in our schools.
A few years ago, we piloted an iPad classroom program. Selected teachers sought various ways for their students to use the iPads in their content areas and began to integrate various app features to deliver content, promote active note-taking and productivity, encourage collaboration, and to assess learning.
As part of our dedication to promote student achievement, we will expand our current use of Galileo’s online assessment and data analysis features for district assessments by encouraging teachers to use the online test options. Students will be able to log in to the assessment portal and take assigned tests for immediate scoring and analysis.