Start-of-year Announcements

I find that teachers are most receptive to new information at the start of the year. Each year, I make a series of presentations at the opening meetings of each division in our schools. This year, I focused on training, network changes, annual reminders, and examples of student and teacher online publishing. Here are my slides for this year. Please find presentation notes below.

  • Training: theme for the year (from IT retreat)
    • Thank you for attending Windows and Mac training sessions – want you to start well
    • Coming up: email strategies, teaching with interactive whiteboards, Mac Essentials
    • US only: department visits replace division visits
  • New network technologies implemented this summer
    • Wireless network: new standards for speed and security, adaptive access points, coverage maps
    • Network access: limit network to known computers, enforce minimum security policy, includes wired network, less intrusive
    • Antivirus: better detection
  • US Laptop Survey
    • Generally high level of satisfaction
    • Opportunity to address the student experience when asking for help
    • Uneven levels of use among departments
    • Survey of college students: prefer moderate amount of tech (not 100% nor 0%)
    • Effects of laptops on face-to-face communication: differences between faculty and student responses
    • Online cruelty: please continue to engage students in dialogue
  • Popular tips
    • Can use Entourage and Outlook from home
    • Connect mobile phone to CG email
    • Printing: how to troubleshoot
    • New Office file formats
    • Backup, backup, backup
    • Email etiquette
    • VM-only extensions
  • Website
    • Classroom page news feed
    • Athletics team pages
    • New HelpDesk, Technology blog
    • Moodle: how to post to the master calendar
  • Some highlights of online presentation from last year
    • US Spanish students in the community
    • Fourth grade newspapers
    • Herb’s video on AKOM nets the school an award
    • Election online discussions
    • Larry’s board notes online

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