The Iowa City Schools experienced a network problem this morning that has resulted in some computers and printers losing network access. If you cannot access the internet on your computer or tablet, or if a networked printer is not printing properly, please restart the device. After a restart, network access should be restored.
I’ll be performing updates to the server that hosts the ICCSD Technology & Innovation Blog – this blog – and the Canvas login page this Sunday, November 4th, at 6 AM. I expect that any outages will be confined to the hours of 6 AM to 9 AM, with little to no risk of outages beyond that timeframe.
During this maintenance window, the tech blog will not be accessible, and the Canvas login page – http://iowacityschools.instructure.com – will not be available. Students, faculty, and parents can still log in to Canvas early Sunday morning, however, at the following addresses:
No, no, no … you’ve gotta say it like, “data interoperability!”
Over the past several days, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with district leaders from around the country as we learn together about a fantastically riveting topic: data interoperability! (see, I said it right)
So what is data interoperability?
In a nutshell, data interoperability relates to the ability of systems that create, store, or consume data to seamlessly talk to one another. Once the systems can speak to one another, data can be pulled – generally in real time – for analysis, regardless of what system the data originally resides in.
For those teachers who would like to take a deeper dive into Canvas, I recommend checking out this Canvas: Advanced Workshop slide deck. This resource can serve as a self-guided launching point to learn more about how Canvas can be leveraged in your classroom.
Among the topics that are included are:
Assignments and Grading
Text/Email Notification Settings
Mastery Paths (individualization/personalization)
Further, you’ll find a link to enroll in Kung-Fu Canvas, our Canvas course for instructors, where you can explore Canvas topics from basic to advanced.
UPDATE: The emergency alert system test originally scheduled for September 20th has been postponed until October 3rd at 1:18 PM Central due to Hurricane Florence.
Original post (dates updated): In order to avoid any confusion in our classrooms, I wanted to share this notification that on October 3rd, 2018, the Federal Emergency and Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) beginning at 1:18 PM Central.
In our classrooms, students and teachers with cellphones are likely to receive test alerts – including an audible notification – at 1:18 PM on Thursday.
We’ve had relatively few ongoing technical issues with Canvas, but one of the problems that’s been a nagging issue that’s impacted our students and teachers is an issue with embedded Google documents.
One of the features of Canvas is that it integrates with Google Drive; teachers can embed Google syllabi, assignment descriptions, sheets that students can collaborate on, etc., within Canvas. Further, students can submit Google Docs as Canvas assignment submissions, embed Google docs in wikis and discussion boards, and so forth.
Check out the annual Educational Exchange episode focused on the Iowa City Schools’ Technology & Innovation programs. Some of the topics covered include recent and current technology projects, our recent program evaluation, and the district’s focus on technology integration support and STEM programming.
While the district is able to provide home internet access* for students in our secondary schools who do not have home internet, we sometimes get inquiries from elementary families about options for affordable home internet.
One of the benefits of Chromebooks the Chrome browser is that they automatically update their software to the latest version, freeing up IT staff time to work on other issues. We recently learned, however, that a handful of ICCSD Chromebooks were stuck on Chrome OS Version 61, which was preventing certain Chrome Apps – like Lexia – from loading.
At any time, students and teachers can manually check for software updates on a district-issued Chromebook or in the Chrome browser on a Windows or Mac computer. This can be an easy first step when an application is not loading or isn’t behaving as expected. In order to check for a software update, follow the appropriate set of instructions below; the first set shows how to update a Chromebook, and the second shows how to update the Chrome browser.