Blackboard Learn Resources for 2018-19

BlackboardBlackboard Learn (Bb Learn) is now set up and ready for the 2018-19 school year. Teachers interested in using Blackboard this school year will need to activate classes using the Blackboard Class Request Form (PDF version or MS Word version). The form contains important information about how to request classes and when to select a master class. You also can view a sample form to assist you as you complete the form for your classes. Continue reading

Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel (TSIP)

Educational TechnologyThe Governor recently signed a new law that eliminates the requirement for teachers seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license to demonstrate proficiency in the use of educational technology for instruction. Therefore, the Virginia Department of Education has recently clarified the TSIP requirements for all licensed personnel in Virginia. The actual Technology Standards certainly still exist; however, they are not required for licensure. You are welcome to explore the Virginia Society for Technology in Education’s Standards as well. Continue reading

Teacher Laptops

Lenovo 11eBeginning in the 2018-19 school year, all new teacher laptops and all replacement laptops issued to teachers will be the Lenovo 11e model, similar to those used by our students in the 1:1 laptop initiative.

This upgrade will better serve you as you design learning activities and projects for students informed by our Lifelong-Learner Competencies and Seven Pathways, particularly Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Interactive Technologies, and Connectivity. Continue reading

ActivInspire Update

ActivInspireTeachers: Due to changes in the way that Promethean licenses their products, the interactive whiteboard software ActivInspire will not be included on our instructional laptop computer image for the 2018-19 school year.

Despite this change, all teachers and students who routinely use a Promethean ActivBoard for instructional purposes will be able to use ActivInspire on their laptops. Continue reading

ACPS Learning Management System Follow-Up Survey: Please Respond by June 30

BlackboardTeachers: As part of the school division’s model of continuous improvement, we are evaluating Blackboard Learn to determine if it continues to meet the division’s commitment to quality learning. Thank you to everyone who participated in our initial survey (May 25-31), which helped us gain insight regarding current use of Blackboard Learn.

After reviewing this feedback, we created a follow-up survey that further explores the specific needs and preferences of our students and teachers as they interact with Blackboard Learn. Your feedback will be valuable in helping us construct our evaluation criteria and rubric. Please participate in our follow-up survey by June 30 »

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Google Accounts: Important Info for Graduating Seniors & Exiting Students and Staff

GoogleAs we near the end of the school year, graduating seniors, as well as other students and staff exiting the school division, who wish to archive or move items from their @k12albemarle.org Google account should follow these directions. Accounts will be available until July 13, 2018. Staff needing assistance can reach out to their school’s Learning Technology Integrator or submit a Service Desk ticket. Students needing assistance can contact their school’s Student Helpdesk or work with one of their teachers.

If you have questions please contact the learning technology team at learningtech@k12albemarle.org.

Share Your Feedback: Bb Learn & Web Communications Surveys Now Open

We Want Your FeedbackThe school division would appreciate your participation in two surveys: One survey is designed to help us evaluate Blackboard Learn, our learning management tool, and a second survey aims to help us improve the way we use technology to communicate with our stakeholders. Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback! Continue reading

Required Maintenance for Windows Computers

Windows InterfaceAll staff members using a Windows-based computer will need to have their computer updated by their Client Services Specialist (CSS) prior to the start of next school year.

Teachers: You have the option of scheduling time with your CSS to have your computer updated before the new school year begins, or you may turn in your computer for the summer and have it returned to you during pre-service week. Please indicate your choice through the Summer Laptop Update Preference Form* and share your decision with your CSS. Continue reading

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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