In a July 11 article, Digital Equity Isn’t Just About Equal Access to Technology, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) spotlights Albemarle County Public Schools’ commitment to personalizing learning through digital literacy and sustaining a culture of improvement. Author Dr. Beth Holland is the CoSN project director for Digital Equity. Her goal is to feature school divisions who are working to create equitable learning environments that give ALL students access to rich learning experiences. Continue reading
Teachers: By now, you are aware that ACPS has partnered with Schoology for our new Learning Management System (LMS). Blackboard (Bb) is our current LMS and has been for many years. We are aware that you may have a lot of content that needs to be moved over to Schoology. LEAD is working with both companies to move these materials over for you, and we will provide more communications and directions in August about this transition. Continue reading
Thank you for all you do every day in our school communities. The Department of Learning Engineering, Access, and Design (LEAD) wishes you the very best that summer has to offer.
Remember our 90-day password requirement! We recommend that you change your password before you leave. Did you know we have a Self Password Reset portal that you can set up? This would be a great task for you to complete before you leave for the summer. Continue reading
As part of our continuous improvement efforts, the LEAD department will be adjusting some LTI and TSS building assignments for next year. Our department leadership gave careful thought to the assignments, ensuring they were based on the following criteria: number of students to support; number of devices requiring support; geographic proximity, aligning more with feeder patterns/coaching clusters; and LTI time capture data.
Not all assignments are changing; the only ones that are changing are purposeful. View the revisions »
There’s a new computer image for all ACPS staff and students! The technology department created a stakeholder group to inform the creation of a robust, efficient computer image. Our goal is to reimage all ACPS technology before the start of the new school year. This will provide all employees with an equitable computer image for collaboration and consistency, and also help to ensure your laptop stays safe and virus free.
This reimage will take about half a day, so please plan to be without your computer during that time; we can provide a loaner computer if needed. We are flexible and will work with you and your schedule. Continue reading
The digital citizenship, safety and security skills students learn today are extremely important, and they likely will use passwords throughout their lifetimes. With student digital safety in mind, next school year, all students in grades 3-12 must change their passwords a minimum of once per year. Continue reading
ACPS has a four-year replacement cycle for all staff laptops. This plan affords our staff members a safe experience with a supported laptop to complete the essential functions of their work. The replacement cycle is based on the purchase date and the model of the computer. In the 2019 replacement cycle, laptop models that will be replaced are the Lenovo T450 and all 13-inch MacBook Airs. Continue reading
Are you leaving ACPS at the end of this school year? If so, please see the following guidance about how to take your digital content (email, Google documents, local files and folders, etc.) with you. These items may be stored in a variety of digital spaces. Please note that your account and access to your digital files will be available until July 1, 2019. Continue reading
Thank you, everyone, for your participation in this year’s SpeakUp survey. With your support, we collected nearly 9,000 responses, giving us rich data to help guide our strategic decisions about ACPS technology. With 8,114 student responses, we are in a position to make informed decisions about how technology is used in the classroom. Continue reading
You may have noticed a new wireless name available at your school. The technology department has created a new SSID (Service Set Identifier) named ACPS-AGED-DEVICES. This temporary solution will enable legacy MAC hardware to connect more reliably to our ACPS network. These older devices lack the capability to maintain a consistent connection to the new and improved ACPS wireless network. Continue reading