Learning Tech Team Launches New Site Featuring Learning Tools & Instructional Resources

Learning Tech ToolsLooking for the latest learning tool or seeking a new instructional strategy for your class? Take a few minutes to check out the Learning Tech Team’s new site! Available resources include a collection of teaching strategies, instructional practices, and transformative classroom examples that you can use to reimagine what learning can be in Albemarle County Public Schools. Continue reading

Important Announcement About Students’ YouTube Accounts (Including Instructions!)

YouTube LogoAttention Elementary & Middle School Teachers: Albemarle County Public Schools has provided streaming video content and video management through YouTube to all students for a number of years as a component of our G Suite for Education. During our annual Terms of Service review, the Department of Learning Engineering, Access, and Design (LEAD) identified the need to remove access to certain features in YouTube for all elementary and middle school students. As a result, after Spring Break, elementary and middle school students will no longer be able to access the videos they have uploaded to their channel or the playlists associated with their account.

Students who wish to keep the content they have uploaded to YouTube will need to migrate their videos prior to March 30, 2018, using these instructions: How to download your YouTube videos »

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Attention “Google Drive for Mac/PC” Users

Backup Google DriveIf you use the Google Drive desktop sync client for Mac and PC—a feature officially known as “Google Drive for Mac/PC”—to backup files from your computer, this message is for you. GSuite for Education has announced that “Google Drive for Mac/PC” will shut down completely on May 12, 2018.

Please note: Google Drive the service is not going away. If you log in to your Google account and utilize Drive’s storage through a web browser, this change will not impact your files. Teachers and students who backup files to cloud servers with the Google Drive app, however, will need to make a switch. Continue reading

Upcoming Learning Tech Opportunities – Enroll Now!

Upcoming Learning Tech OpportunitiesIn the spring semester, teachers will have the opportunity to partner with the Learning Technology Team in several ongoing learning experiences. These courses will increase instructional capacity in small learning cohorts and foster a sense of community throughout the district.

We can’t wait to learn alongside you in our upcoming MakerEd, Digital Media, Personalized Learning, and Google Educator Certification courses. Enrollment is now open through the Spring Opportunities site! Continue reading

Speak Up Survey – Participate by January 19

Speak UpACPS Educators: Each year the Speak Up Survey provides our district with rich data that helps us make important decisions for students. Through this survey, we learn how students use technology, what technologies are important to teachers, how our use of technology aligns with the needs of our families, and more. View a copy of the letter emailed to ACPS parents and educators on Nov. 16 »

In the past, we have received thousands of responses across the district, and this year, we’re aiming for 100% participation. Taking the survey is easy: Continue reading

Important Information Regarding Blackboard

BlackboardTeachers: Here are a few suggestions and resources to assist you with backing up your Blackboard (Bb) classes and preparing for the transition of your current class content and materials to new classes next school year. Also, please review the Annual Blackboard Management Plan. This resource has been updated with important information, deadlines and actions you will need to consider over the next school year. Continue reading

Computer Update on the Horizon: All Employees Will Need to Back up Their Data!

Computer UpdateThere’s a new computer image for all ACPS staff! DART is conducting a teacher and staff computer refresh. During this refresh, DART will update your computer operating system (Windows 10 or Apple OSX) and other software on your computer to more current supported versions. This is to provide uniformity in the way that you interact with your computer as well as how DART can support you. Continue reading

Web Sites & Content Filtering

Vincent ScheivertDear Staff:

This school year we have made a transition to a new content filter. Please know that we are required by the federal government to filter certain types of Internet sites: most notably sites considered to be obscene, sites that contain pornography, and any sites deemed harmful to minors. Each of the terms mentioned are legal items and are defined via case law. Our new content filter, as do all filtering solutions, places web sites into categories and the school division determines which categories to block or not to block. Continue reading

Speak Up Survey – Participate by Jan. 13

Speak UpDear Educators:

We are excited to announce that ACPS is participating in Speak Up 2016, now through January 13, 2017! Speak Up is an online national research survey that provides an easy way for students, parents and educators to (1) participate in local decisions about technology, and (2) contribute to the national dialogue about educational technology. Take the survey »

Your participation will help us answer questions, such as: Continue reading

Powerful Accessibility Tool Now Available for All Students & Educators

Snap&ReadAll ACPS educators and students now have access to a powerful accessibility tool called Snap&Read, which is designed to help learners of all ages better access content and organize ideas. Snap&Read is accessible as a Chrome internet browser extension or desktop app and provides on-demand read aloud support for students to engage with any text that they encounter, whether on a website (in any browser), in a PDF, or even part of a picture or illustration. Continue reading