PowerSchool Update Scheduled for Jan. 16-17

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The Department of Technology will be installing a newer version of PowerSchool during the January 16/17 weekend maintenance window. PowerSchool will be unavailable for periods of time during this normal Saturday night/Sunday morning maintenance time. This update has some significant changes to the PowerSchool user interface. We have held off on making changes to PowerSchool, as we know that the last nine months have been disruptive enough; however, in order to maintain a supported version of PowerSchool and provide some new features that we hope will be beneficial in our current environment, it is necessary to move forward with an update. Continue reading

Important Zoom Information

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Updating Zoom Software

The Department of Technology recommends that all staff update the Zoom software to the latest version whenever possible. Having this software up to date when hosting Zoom meetings is beneficial, as it gives you the latest features and ensures your session is secure.

The screenshot below shows how to check for updates while in your Zoom software: Continue reading

Learning Tech Quarterly: December 2020 Issue

Learning Tech Quarterly

The Department of Technology is excited to share with you the latest edition of Learning Tech Quarterly. This newsletter is filled with resources that cover a wide range of themes, including assessment, student engagement, and searchable collections of classroom activities.

If you need help or would like to explore the resources in this newsletter with a shoulder partner, please reach out to your school’s assigned Learning Technology Integrator.

Open Enrollment Support

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As you have heard, the annual Open Enrollment window is now open (November 1-13)! It is imperative that employees are accessing information through the new Inside Albemarle – Human Resources site. 

The new Human Resources site can be accessed on your ACPS laptop. The site requires that you use your ACPS Microsoft Office 365 account, something every ACPS staff member already has. When attempting to access Open Enrollment resources and other important Human Resources documentation and information, please follow these steps: Continue reading

Virtual Learning Contingency Planning Guide

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Teachers: When technology tools you rely on for virtual learning don’t work, learning can continue if you are prepared with a contingency plan. To assist you, the Department of Technology has created a Virtual Learning Contingency Planning Guide with suggestions to help you develop alternate plans for when our major virtual learning tools experience technical issues. If you have questions or need support with planning, please reach out to your school’s assigned Learning Technology Integrator.

Celebrating Digital Citizenship Week

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In honor of Digital Citizenship Week, the Department of Technology’s Learning Technology team has launched a Digital Citizenship Week website featuring resources to support our educators with covering digital citizenship topics with students.

Also, ACPS will also be hosting two family Digital Citizenship webinar events this November, and you’re invited! Mark your calendar: Continue reading

Don’t Let Your Password or Personal Information Be “Phished”!

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The Department of Technology takes digital security very seriously. If you receive an email that asks for your ACPS password or a credit card number, please delete that email ASAP! If you are unsure if the email message is legitimate or have questions about the security of our email system, please reach out to the ACPS service desk at 434-975-9444 or servicedesk@k12albemarle.org.

These emails are called “Phishing” emails and can be harmful! Continue reading