With new computers and wireless projection throughout the district, we have more staff who are interested in concepts such as extending your display so that your projector shows different content than your laptop screen. A more specific request that has come up a handful of times has been how to disable presenter view in PowerPoint, which makes use of both screens when using it in extended display mode.
You can enable or disable presenter view by clicking on the “Slide Show” tab in PowerPoint, and then toggling the “Use Presenter View” checkbox (see below). With presenter view off, your computer will show you the same content that is on the projector while presenting with PowerPoint with mirrored displays, and will default to the presentation appearing on your projector only when using extended desktop.
Teachers should be able to add anybody with an ICCSD Google account (including paraeducators) to their courses following the process outlined here
Continue reading Canvas: Manually Adding Users to Canvas Courses
One of the features of our upgraded classroom suites in the Iowa City Schools is the ability to connect teacher laptops to the room’s projector wirelessly, providing wireless video projection as well as wireless control of the projector’s interactive functionality. The video and instructions below walk through the processes of connecting wirelessly to a projector, turning on interactive functionality, and choosing whether to duplicate your laptop screen (the same thing appears on the laptop and the projector) or extend your laptop screen (so you can have different things on the respective displays).
Continue reading Wireless Projection and Extending Your Display
To support our secondary 1:1 Chromebook initiative, the Iowa City Schools have launched our Citrix virtual application service, which allows students and teachers to run Windows software on a Chromebook.
For detailed information, check out our Virtual Applications page, and for instructions for accessing the system at https://apps.iowacityschools.org, check out the video below:
As part of a planned system upgrade, the ICCSD internet connection will briefly be offline at 5:00 PM on Monday, August 28th. We expect this outage to last for a short time, but there is the possibility that outages will continue either continuously or sporadically for up to one hour.
We do not expect any downtime after 6:00 PM on August 28th. As always, we appreciate your patience as we work to improve our network infrastructure and performance.
On August 23rd, ICCSD began issuing 1:1 Chromebooks (laptops with Chrome OS) to each student in our high schools. As we get started with this program, please check out our 1:1 Information page, which includes a program overview, policies, content filtering information, privacy information, and other useful information for students, parents/guardians, and teachers.
ICCSD teachers learning about Canvas should check out the following resources:
Additional resources will be added to the Canvas Resource page listed above as they become available.
One of the most well-reviewed services that we’ve implemented in recent years in the Iowa City Schools is Read&Write for Google Chrome, which is designed to improve the accessibility of web resources. While we have pushed this service out to all students using their ICCSD Google accounts, the service’s publisher – Texthelp – requires that teachers sign up in order to receive premium access.
This service is available to all district teachers; ICCSD teachers can sign up at this link: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/free-for-teachers/
You’ll need to enter your ICCSD email address as your email address, and can enter the following information for the district administrator section:
School/District Admin Name: Justin Miller
School/District Admin Email: email@example.com
I hope that you enjoy and benefit from this resource!
While I’m excited by all of the work we’re during this summer in the Iowa City Schools, a busy schedule has kept me in Iowa City this week rather than in San Antonio, the site of the 2017 ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference. ISTE is among my favorite conferences to attend; due to its scale – with over 15,000 attendees including teachers, administrators, IT professionals, school board members, and higher education faculty – there are multiple options during each session that are interesting and relevant.
Since I’m not there to report back on the goings on, however, I thought I’d share with you some of the work by folks who are in San Antonio. Jonathan Rogers, journalism teacher at City High, has created a fantastic Flipboard Mag documenting his experience in San Antonio, while EdTekHub and the ISTE Blog allow you to follow the goings-on remotely. I’ve also been following Twitter and Instagram during ISTE, making it possible to catch ideas and resources that I want to explore further.
Between the craziness of the end of the school year and a week with my four-year-old between the end of preschool and the start of day camp, I haven’t managed to post for a while. I have much more coming, but here’s a quick update of what’s happening in the ICCSD technology & innovation department this summer.
New Building Deployments
One of our big projects for the summer is preparation for the Fall, 2017 openings of Liberty High School and the new Hoover Elementary School. These projects are coming along – Liberty in particular looks close to completion – and we’ve been working to make sure that the technology is set to go in both buildings. The wired network is basically complete at Liberty, and wireless access points will go up soon throughout the building. Continue reading Summer Technology Update