Laptop Demo Schedule

As we approach the staff device replacement dates in May, we are bringing the two laptop options – the Dell 5480 laptop and the Dell 5289 convertible tablet – to each of the buildings so that staff can have the chance to take a look at them firsthand.  Check below for the date and time scheduled for your building.  For those who cannot make the time in your building, we’ve also added some drop-in dates at the ESC at the end of the schedule.   Continue reading Laptop Demo Schedule

ICCSD Email Migration Video Instructions

As I’ve written previously, the Iowa City Community School District is transitioning from our current email service (Exchange) to Google (Gmail) for email and calendars.

For detailed information, follow the link (above) to my previous blog post or check out my Email migration presentation.  I’ve also created a video (below) that walks you through the process of importing your email from Outlook to Gmail.   Continue reading ICCSD Email Migration Video Instructions

What’s New: Google Team Drives

Earlier this week, the technology & innovation department enabled Team Drives within our Google domain, allowing staff to make use of this great sharing resource that is fully integrated with Google Drive.  

What are Team Drives?

Essentially, you can think of your team drive as a Google Drive for a group, that will be owned by the group.  Here’s an example:  Continue reading What’s New: Google Team Drives

CoSN Conference Update

There are few things that I find more draining than professional conferences.  Not long ago, in a discussion with a friend of mine who is also in the ed tech field, I mused that I’m more exhausted after a day full of conference sessions, networking, and lectures than I am after a day spent shoveling landscape rock.  While the latter is definitely harder work, I’m pretty convinced that the former is more exhausting.  As this year’s Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) conference wraps up in Chicago, this belief has been reinforced.   Continue reading CoSN Conference Update

Maximizing our Financial Resources

As we seek to expand the technology tools and infrastructure available to our students and teachers, we must also cope with one of the key realities of this investment: technology is expensive.  On one hand, of course, the cost of technology has consistently declined over the past three decades; the word processors of the 1980s frequently cost more than $2,000, for instance.  The drop in technology prices has been closely tied to the increasing ubiquity of and reliance on technology within our schools and society at large; in other words, while prices may be dropping, the amount of technology that must be purchased continues to increase.   Continue reading Maximizing our Financial Resources