Technology Update
  • November 17, 2021

    Posted by Ruth Thomas on 11/17/2021

    2021-22 Technology Updates

     

    Nov 17, 2021

     

    Instructional Technology

    Apple Classroom Update 

     

    In September, we updated the district on our efforts to resolve Apple Classroom issues. We have been sending a team from the Technology Department to each school to fix any iPads that could not connect to Apple Classroom. It has been slow work as it can take several days at a school to resolve all of the issues. In the middle of this project, we became aware of some problems that we weren’t able to resolve on our own, and we are currently working with Apple to investigate these issues and are awaiting their guidance on how to fix them. 

     

    Hardware/Software/Network

    Apple TV Project Update

     

    The Apple TV project continues to progress. Some projectors required replacement to a newer model for the Apple TV to connect. Those projectors were temporarily back-ordered, but we have now received them, and the contractor is working on finishing up the remaining classrooms. Some teachers have noticed the ability to use their Apple TV. Please note that the final configuration has not been established, and the operation of the Apple TVs will be different than they are now. The Technology Department will not officially support the Apple TVs until the final configuration is put into place. Once we are confident that the configuration changes have been made to the Apple TV, documentation on how to use them will be shared.

     

     

     

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  • Wi-Fi updates

    Posted by Ruth Thomas on 11/1/2021

    Hello Team FUSD,

     

    I've received a lot of e-mails about which wireless networks should be used in certain situations. Hopefully, the guide below will help answer some of those questions.

     

    Here is an overview of the wireless that is available at schools & other district locations:

     

    1. District devices - All district devices (laptops and iPads for staff and students) should connect to the "FUSD" wireless network.
    2. Personal devices – If an FUSD staff member or student has a personal device (laptop, iPhone, Android phone, tablet, etc.) that needs to connect to our network, they must use the "FUSD" wireless network. Upon connecting, they will be required to enter a username and password. The staff/student can log in with their FUSD user id and password. When personal devices connect to the "FUSD" wireless, they are put on a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) network. They do not have access to printers or other resources on the school's network.
    3. Guests, vendors, & others – The "GUEST" wireless network is used to provide access to guest speakers, vendors, ccc people, university recruiters, etc. Do not give students a Guest account. The Guest wireless offers the same web filtering policy for staff and is not appropriate for students. Please reach out to the tech services helpdesk if you do not know your school's guest network password or have an upcoming event requiring the creation of a custom guest network.
    4. Student-teachers - please submit a helpdesk ticket if you have a student-teacher that needs wireless and access to FUSD resources.
    5. Pluto – The "Pluto" wireless is a special network only used to set up new iPads. The "Pluto" network shouldn't be used for any other purpose. We plan to change the "Pluto" password soon and inform the appropriate individuals before the change.

     

    I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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  • 10/22/21

    Posted by Ruth Thomas on 10/22/2021

    2021-22 Technology Updates

     

    Oct 22, 2021

     

    Instructional Technology

    Digital Citizenship Week Resources

    Every year, the third week of October is coined Digital Citizenship Week. This is a week dedicated to teaching students about digital citizenship and preparing them for safe, effective and ethical life within a digital world.  Consider making use of the following to guide your students in learning more about digital citizenship.  

     

    Clever

    Many of you have already started using Clever to access some of the district’s software platforms. With the addition of Discovery Education (more information below), all teachers and students can now access Clever.

     

    Clever provides students a simple way to use one login to access the following applications (some are school or class specific): 

    • DreamBox
    • Learning.com
    • Exact Path
    • Courseware
    • Study Island
    • Discovery Education
    • More applications being added throughout the school year

     

    In general, teachers will access Clever from a web browser and students will access Clever from an iPad app/webclip. Please see below for guidance on how to log into Clever as a teacher, and as a student. For elementary school teachers, we are testing a method to have students log on with a QR code rather than a password. More information to come!

     

    Logging into Clever (Teachers) - Uses: Download badges, analytics, access roster



    1. Click https://clever.com/oauth/district-picker
    2. Type “Flagstaff + School name” into the search box. Select school. Example Below:



    3.           Select “Login with Active Directory”. Example Below

    4.           Enter FUSD credentials if prompted.

    5.           You should now be logged into Clever!

     

    Logging into Clever (Student iPad)



    1. Click on the Clever app on the iPad
    2. Select “Log in with Active Directory”
    3. Enter the student’s username@fusd1.org
    4. Enter the student’s password on the next screen
    5. The Clever dashboard will show up and the student will see any application they have been rostered to.

     

    Discovery

     

    The Arizona Department of Education and Discovery Education have teamed up to offer the Discovery Education platform to Arizona schools free of charge.

     

    Discovery Education’s K-12 platform, Experience, connects educators to a vast collection of compelling high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, and professional learning resources. Together these resources give educators a variety of tools to facilitate instruction in any learning environment and create lasting educational impact. 

     

    All teachers and students can access Discovery through the Clever application outlined above. 

     

    Discovery offers on-demand tutorials and webinars on the following website:

    https://www.discoveryeducation.com/info/on-demand/

     

    Hardware/Software/Network

    iPad Internet

     

    On Oct 20th & 21st, our cyber-security vendor had an outage that affected iPads accessing the internet. They have resolved the issue, but if an iPad is still having problems accessing the internet, please restart the iPad.

     

    To restart an iPad:

     

    1.    Press and hold the top button until the power off slider appears.

    2.   Drag the slider, then wait for 30 seconds for your device to turn off. If your device is frozen or unresponsive, force restart your device.

    3.   To turn your device back on, press and hold the top button until you see the Apple logo.

     

    If that doesn’t work, you can try a forced restart:

     

    1. Press and hold the top button and the Home button at the same time. When the Apple logo appears, release both buttons.

     

    Configuration Profile Updates

     

    On Monday, Oct 25th, a configuration profile update will be sent to all iPads to correct two issues:



    1. Some students are able to disable bluetooth on their iPad. This update will lock bluetooth so it is always on. This prevents a student from dropping off of Apple Classroom.
    2. Airdrop is able to be used student-to-student. This update will disable Airdrop unless initiated by the teacher through Apple Classroom

     

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  • September 15, 2021

    Posted by Ruth Thomas on 9/15/2021

    Sep 15, 2021

     

    Instructional Technology

    Canvas Reminder: RCE Accessibility Checker & Notifications 

    The Rich Content Editor in Canvas includes an accessibility tool that checks common accessibility errors within the editor. You can use the Accessibility Checker to design course content while considering accessibility attributes. This tool only verifies content created within the Rich Content Editor. You may use other accessibility tools to verify additional content in Canvas. For more information read the Canvas Guide - Accessibility Checker in the Rich Content Editor



    Digital Resource Use and Teacher Responsibility

    Just because there are free digital tools available for use does not mean that all tools can be used with students.  Data privacy, terms of use and The Children’s Online Privacy Act (which went into effect in 2000, requiring verifiable parental consent before a site or online service can collect or use personal information from kids under 13) must all be considered prior to using any digital resource and/or associated iPad app with students. The FUSD Student Responsible Use Agreement outlines the approved digital tools and systems in place to facilitate teaching and learning.  As an employee of FUSD you play a critical role in supporting the responsible use of all digital tools and resources by your students as well as following all data privacy, terms of use and Federal Laws (COPPA and FERPA). Keep in mind that use of resources in the FUSD Self-service Portal may not be approved for use with your students, meaning you may need to collect permission slips for student use in your classroom to ensure all terms of service and Federal Law is followed. 

     

    Hardware/Software/Network

    Apple Classroom Status

    There are some known issues currently impacting the full functionality of Apple Classroom. FUSD’s Technical Services and Educational Technologists are working to develop a plan to address the various Apple ID and wireless network issues on iPads in order to allow teachers to be able to make use of Apple Classroom to monitor and manage all in-person student iPads. Please look for a communication with additional details in the near future.

     

    Apple TV Info

    An Apple TV is a small streaming device (similar to an Amazon fire stick or Roku stick) that connects to a display (projector or other) and allows for AirPlay from Apple devices to the display wirelessly, among other things.

     

    As part of the 2021-2024 Bond, FUSD Technical Services is currently installing the hardware and cabling for Apple TV’s within classrooms. Once installation is complete the process of configuring the devices on the FUSD network will begin. The hope is  that Apple TV’s will be set up and usable by January, 2022.

    YouTube Video Access
    Restricted YouTube is currently turned on for all teachers, staff and students. Some videos are blocked that teachers may want to use for teaching purposes. In order to do this, a staff member will need to approve any blocked video allowing students access to that YouTube video (when students are logged into their FUSD Google account). Directions for staff to approve YouTube for Education videos for student access

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  • September 10, 2021

    Posted by Ruth Thomas on 9/10/2021

     

    Sep 10, 2021

     

    Important FUSD Wireless Update

     

    If you use a FUSD Mac Laptop and cannot connect to the FUSD wireless, please call the FUSD Helpdesk as soon as possible at 527-6300 / ext. 6300.

     

    ** The Pluto wireless password will be changing on Tuesday 9/14/2021 and will not be made available for staff or teachers to use. 

     

    ** To avoid any interruption to your internet access, please ensure that your FUSD laptop is connected to the FUSD wireless. 

     

    Many of the teacher laptops are still connected to the Pluto wireless. This will prevent you from accessing many of the FUSD services, like printing and Apple Classroom. The purpose of the Pluto wireless is to allow schools to enroll and assign iPads to students. After the iPad is enrolled, it connects to the FUSD wireless. 

     

    The FUSD Learn wireless is still available as a community service at schools but should not be used by staff or students. The FUSD Learn wireless provides limited internet access and does not provide access to the FUSD services, like printing, Apple Classroom and other FUSD applications. 



    Instructional Technology

    Templates for the Classroom 

    Get students ready to collect, categorize, and summarize new information using an interactive graphic organizer in Apple Pages, Google Slides, Google Sheets and/or Microsoft Word. Customize the template for any subject area.  Learn more about using templates in and get downloadable graphic organizer templates at:

    Apple Pages Graphic Organizer Templates 

    Back to School Templates for Google Slides, Google Sheets and Microsoft Word from Matt Miller, Ditch That Textbook

     

    New Digital Citizenship Curriculum

    The FUSD Digital Citizenship Curriculum has been revised for the 2021 school year. There is one required lesson at each grade level, 2-3 recommended lessons at each grade level, and a new online verification form to be completed by each staff member that teaches the curriculum with students. View the new curriculum, details of the revision work, and the online verification form at: https://www.fusd1.org/internetsafety.   

     

    Hardware/Software/Network

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  • August 27, 2021

    Posted by Ruth Thomas on 8/27/2021

    Aug 27, 2021

     

    Hardware/Software/Network

    IMPORTANT: Mac Laptop Users, Update Needed

     

    If you are using a FUSD Mac laptop, please find Rick Smith’s emails from Friday August 27th and Sunday August 29th with instructions on an important update for your Mac.

     

    These instructions need to be completed before Thursday, 9/2/2021.

     

    If you do not complete the attached directions by Thursday 9/2/2021, the wireless on your Mac laptop will stop working. 

     

    You can complete the update at school or on your home wireless. 

     

    Instructional Technology 

    New Nearpod Features

    After such robust usage of Nearpod within FUSD during the 2020-21 an investment was made to ensure that all FUSD users have access to the Premium Plus Nearpod features for the upcoming school year.  These features include:

    • Live slide annotation
    • Access Nerpod originals - video and activity library
    • Co-teaching 

    We hope that you find these Premium Plus features useful for engaging your students in learning.

     

    Preparing Canvas for the Start of the School Year

    With the start of the 2021-2022 school year, here is some information about changes to Canvas, helpful tips, and general resources for using Canvas successfully as a digital companion for your in-person classroom. Please select the link that corresponds with your school:

     

    Link For All Elementary Schools

     

    Link For Sinagua and MEMS

     

    Link For Summit, FHS, and CHS


    Canvas Support

    For support with Canvas accounts and general course setup contact Paul Presutto, FUSD Digital Learning System Administrator, at ppresutto@fusd1.org.

    For more information about the use of Canvas as a digital instructional tool contact Renda Fisk and/or Heather Zeigler, FUSD Educational Technologists, at rfisk@fusd1.org and hzeigler@fusd1.org.

    Meet your site Canvas Coaches

    Innovative Canvas Learning Coaches spent time over the summer to prepare to support teachers at their school site, in their job-embedded coaching role, in using Canvas as a digital companion to in-person learning. See who your site coaches are here.

     

    Canvas Student Annotation on Mobile Device 

    Currently, the new submission type “Student Annotation” is not yet mobile friendly. On a mobile device you have been able to have students annotate and turn in assignments using the native tools available on mobile devices. You can continue to use this process until the new Student Annotation Submission Type becomes mobile friendly. 

    Canvas Student Annotation Guide

    Canvas Student Mobile Device Annotation Video

     

    New Digital Citizenship Curriculum

    The FUSD Digital Citizenship Curriculum has been revised for the 2021 school year. There is one required lesson at each grade level, 2-3 recommended lessons at each grade level, and a new online verification form to be completed by each staff member that teaches the curriculum with students. View the new curriculum, details of the revision work, and the online verification form at: https://www.fusd1.org/internetsafety.   










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  • June 1, 2021

    Posted by Ruth Thomas on 6/1/2021

    May 28

     

    Instructional Technology 

    Professional Learning This Summer

    There are many technology professional learning sessions being offered this summer, including Apple provided sessions on students as creators using iPads, Nearpod, and Canvas. See the full list and register at: https://www.fusd1.org/summerpd 

     

    Preparing Canvas for the End of the School Year

    Helpful information and guidelines for preparing your Canvas courses for the end of the year can be found here. This goes over some end-of-year best practices as well as some instructions on how to best set your courses for the summer.

     

    Hardware/Software/Network

    Phones

    Will you be moving to a different classroom or office over the summer?  If yes, please do not move your phone.  Phones must stay in their assigned location for purposes of 911 calls.  If you will be moving to a new space and are based in a school, please work with your school office who will coordinate your extension being assigned to the phone in your new location.  Thank you!

     

    Technology Support

    Need assistance with your technology?  Technology help desk tickets can be submitted online at 365.fusd1.org

    Steps for submitting a Help Desk Ticket:

    • You can submit or check on a help desk ticket from O365. 

      • Go to 365.fusd1.org

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        Navigate to the nine squares in the top left corner

         

      • Click All Apps

      • Scroll down to the bottom and select "Help Desk"

      • Login to the Help Desk to submit a ticket (use your computer username and password)

      • If you have authorization to reset student passwords, the password reset tool is also available through O365.  

    In addition, the Tech Services Help Desk can be reached at 527-6300.  

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  • May 21, 2021

    Posted by Ruth Thomas on 5/21/2021

    May 21

    Instructional Technology 

     

    Digital Citizenship Revisions

    A committee of elementary, middle, and high school representatives is currently working to revise the FUSD digital citizenship curriculum for the 2021-22 school year. The revised curriculum will be more comprehensive and inclusive, ensuring that critical age-appropriate skills are addressed at each K-12 grade level to support safe and responsible technology use for college, career, and life.

     

    The revised FUSD curriculum will consist of identified lessons from https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship More information will be sent out in July, so please be on the lookout for that.

     

    Preparing Canvas for the End of the School Year

    Helpful information and guidelines for preparing your Canvas courses for the end of the year can be found here. This goes over some end-of-year best practices as well as some instructions on how to best set your courses for the summer.

     

    Free Conference

    Future Ready & the Nebraska Department of Education is offering a free virtual conference open to teachers nation-wide. The Keynote speakers include Douglas Fisher and Matt Miller. Breakout sessions will focus on Canvas, Future Ready Framework and More! For more information go to https://nefutureready.com/ 



    Hardware/Software/Network

     

    Phones

    Will you be moving to a different classroom or office over the summer?  If yes, please do not move your phone.  Phones must stay in their assigned location for purposes of 911 calls.  If you will be moving to a new space and are based in a school, please work with your school office who will coordinate your extension being assigned to the phone in your new location.  Thank you!

     

    Technology Support

    Need assistance with your technology?  Technology help desk tickets can be submitted online at 365.fusd1.org.

     

    Steps for submitting a Help Desk Ticket:

    • You can submit or check on a help desk ticket from O365. 

      • Go to 365.fusd1.org

      • Navigate to the nine squares in the top left corner

      • Click All Apps

      • Scroll down to the bottom and select "Help Desk"

      • Login to the Help Desk to submit a ticket (use your computer username and password)

      • If you have authorization to reset student passwords, the password reset tool is also available through O365.  

    In addition, the Tech Services Help Desk can be reached at 527-6300.  

     

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  • May 14, 2021

    Posted by Ruth Thomas on 5/14/2021

    May 14

     

    Instructional Technology 

     

    Preparing Canvas for the End of the School Year

    Helpful information and guidelines for preparing your Canvas courses for the end of the year can be found here. This goes over some end-of-year best practices as well as some instructions on how to best set your courses for the summer.

     

    Canvas Parent Observers

    Did you know that once a parent/guardian has set up their observer role for their student(s) in Canvas, they have access to view all current and future course enrollments & content available to their student(s)? Students in your courses might have parent observers already established; even if you are not the teacher who worked to set this up. Course design should support best practices for student learning as well as parent/guardian observing content.

     

    Student Annotated Assignment Submissions in Canvas 

    An improvement has been made to allow students to directly annotate and submit a Canvas Assignment directly within the Canvas LMS environment. Instructors can use an annotated assignment type to upload a file for students to annotate and submit directly in Canvas.

    For more information on Annotated Assignments in Canvas watch the Canvas Feature Video Assignments: Student Annotation Submissions  

     

    Using External Tools and LTIs in Canvas 

    An email was sent out earlier this week with information on the issues students are experiencing when trying to use or access External Tools or LTIs within Canvas. Please refer to this email for additional details and the suggested workarounds.

     

    Hardware/Software/Network

     

    Apple TVs