Internet Browsing Solution for K-2 iPads

Safari App on iPad

The Department of Technology understands that Safari not being on K-2 iPads has presented some challenges for our students and educators. Our department has recently become aware of a new option to safely filter internet browsing in compliance with federal requirements on iPads used outside of our school division network. We conducted a thorough test to confirm that this new option works and will not cause other issues with how iPads function for learning. Continue reading

K-2 iPads: What to Know & Important Considerations for Instruction Design

Young Girl Using iPad

K-2 Teachers: K-2 families without access to a computer at home are offered an ACPS iPad. These iPads are designed to support teachers and students with safe learning experiences during our extended closure. Please see below for important information about these devices as you design instruction.

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Schoology Parent Access

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On Tuesday, April 14, the Department of Technology created a Schoology parent account for all middle and high school parents/guardians who had a PowerSchool parent account. These accounts will allow parents/guardians to see any learning materials, upcoming assignments, and completed work for their student that has been posted by their student’s teacher in Schoology. Continue reading

Using Zoom With Enhanced Security

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The Department of Technology recently completed a full security evaluation of the video conferencing platform Zoom. We found some concerns with the default security settings in the free version of Zoom. For that reason, we are moving forward with creating our own Zoom domain where all of our employee accounts will be added.

All Teachers: On April 13, 2020, you will receive an email inviting you to our Zoom domain (unless you have already had your account linked). Please accept this invitation by clicking on the “Approve the Request” button. Doing so will enable our Technology Engineers to make our Zoom domain the most secure possible. Continue reading

ACPS@Home Update

Teen Doing Homework on Computer at Home

The Department of Technology has been working on a plan to support ACPS families and promote our Digital Learning Initiative at home. The program, known as ACPS@Home, works through partnerships with five major cell phone providers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon) and Kajeet to distribute Wi-Fi HotSpots to students without access to the Internet at home. With the current school closures, the interest in participating in this program has increased dramatically.

The demand for these HotSpots far exceeds the national supply available at this time. School administrative teams collected the names of over 650 students and staff who reported that they have no Internet access. Continue reading

ACPS@Home

Teen Doing Homework on Computer at Home

As part of the Albemarle County School Board’s commitment to the ACPS Digital Learning Initiative and digital equity for our families, the Department of Technology has partnered with Kajeet to launch ACPS@Home. ACPS@Home will provide filtered wireless Internet access for ACPS-provided laptops to secondary students who do not have Internet access at home and need it through a cellular enabled device. Continue reading

Digital Learning Day 2020 – Feb. 27

Digital Learning Day 2020

Digital Learning Day 2020 is Thursday, February 27. This is a day that celebrates learning of all kinds that is strengthened by the use of technology. Visit our Digital Learning Day site to check out the Flipgrids of LTIs showcasing some of their favorite digital learning tools. Watch the demos and then vote for the one you’d like to try for Digital Learning Day! We can’t wait to share student learning on Twitter! Follow us at @acpslearntech.

Department of Technology Launches “Learning Tech Quarterly,” an Educational Technology Newsletter

Learning Tech Quarterly

Learning Tech Quarterly is a brand new newsletter from the Department of Technology that explores the intersection of education, tech, and Virginia’s Five C’s. The Five C’s, a set of expectations established by the Profile of a Virginia Graduate, highlight the importance of Critical thinking, Collaboration, Creative thinking, Citizenship, and Communication in public education. Continue reading