Canvas Grade Editing for Tri 1 Courses

As I noted in a previous post, teachers can still access grades/rosters and assignment submissions for Tri 1 courses.  That said, we are working with Canvas support right now on an issue that is preventing teachers from editing Tri 1 course grades in Canvas.  

We hope to have this resolved soon.  In the meantime, I’ll note that grades can still be entered and edited within PowerSchool.  

I’ll post an update as soon as I have one.  

Canvas – Trimester Change

As we learn during our first year Canvas implementation, I have some notes to share regarding teachers’ and students’ access to last trimester’s Canvas courses and data.  

Accessing Previous Grades – Teachers

If you log in to your T1 Canvas courses this morning, you will find that the “Grades” page appears to be empty.  In order to view and work with T1 grades, you will need to click the gear icon in the top right, and then choose “Show Concluded Enrollments”. 

Continue reading Canvas – Trimester Change

Chromebook Logouts on Lid Closure

Yesterday, I received a couple of emailed inquiries and a petition from students regarding a change in behavior when Chromebook lids were closed.  Previously, the Chromebooks were set to automatically go to sleep when the lid is closed – this helps to prevent inadvertent battery drain and overheating – and then to wake up when the lid is opened.   Continue reading Chromebook Logouts on Lid Closure

Welcome to the Tech & Innovation Blog!

The district recently distributed a survey regarding educational technologies to parents district-wide, and one parent reached out with questions regarding where they could get more information about our technology programs.  This, combined with the fact that we recently published our 100th article and have been going strong for just over one year, leads me to conclude that it’s about time to reintroduce the Iowa City Schools’ Technology & Innovation blog!

We have over a thousand subscribers to the Technology & Innovation blog, but that obviously represents a very small slice of our larger school community, including parents, students, and other community stakeholders.  It’s my goal that awareness of and access to this resource be spread to as many people as possible.  With that in mind, I’m posting this reintroduction, including links to some of our highlights below.  I’d encourage you to share this post via Twitter, Facebook, and email with anyone who might be interested.  

Continue reading Welcome to the Tech & Innovation Blog!

Extending Gmail with Google Labs

Gmail offers a number of features that allow you to customize your experience, and I’ve blogged about some of those already – such as adding a preview pane (like Outlook) and creating rules to filter incoming messages – but I haven’t yet written about the wonder that is (are?) Gmail Labs.  

What are Gmail Labs? 

Have you ever wanted to be able to automate replies that you send on a regular basis?  Automatically filter out bulk emails?  Add your calendar to your Gmail interface?  These and many more features are available within Gmail Labs, and can be enabled for any ICCSD account.   Continue reading Extending Gmail with Google Labs

Canvas at the End of the Trimester

I previously posted regarding the dates at which courses will no longer be available to students and teachers; in a nutshell, Trimester 1 courses will be available until June 30th, 2018.  Here is a more comprehensive guide for teachers as the end of the first trimester approaches.   Continue reading Canvas at the End of the Trimester

Subscribe to Blog Updates via Text

Taking a cue from a number of teachers here in the Iowa City Schools, I’m now offering the ability to subscribe to receive text message updates when new blog entries are posted.  This is separate from the email subscription option that has long been available, and will hopefully be appealing to those of you who prefer to use your phone / texting as a primary means of getting information.  

In order to subscribe, just click this link: https://www.remind.com/join/h8bh9k 

This service is being provided via Remind.com, which many of our teachers, students, and parents are already using for messaging.  You have the option of unsubscribing at any time by replying with @LEAVE to any of the texts. 

I’ll be excited to see whether this service is useful to those of you who follow the blog!

Brief Internet Outage

There will be a brief – less than 5 minutes – internet outage district-wide on Wednesday, October 25th at 5:30 PM.  This outage is related to maintenance being performed by our ISP to resolve a problem we’ve identified.  

Connectivity should be restored for all devices immediately after the maintenance is completed, with no action required on the part of users.  

Network Services Restored

The power outage at the physical plant headquarters has been resolved, and internet/phone services should now be working as normal at the physical plant, West High School, Weber Elementary, Horn Elementary, and TREC.  

Most users shouldn’t have to do anything in order to get back on the network, but if you have problems getting network access on your computer after the outage, I’d recommend that you restart your computer in order to reset your network configuration.  

If you are unable to access network resources or if larger-scale problems return, please contact the Helpdesk at x4357 or helpdesk@iowacityschools.org

Thanks for your patience as we worked through this issue.  

Major Network/Phones Outage

A power outage at the physical plant facility on the south side of Iowa City is causing internet and phone outages at West High School, Weber Elementary, Horn Elementary, and TREC.  

Physical plant is working to resolve this power outage.  Once it is resolved, network operations should resume as normal.