We’ve Improved the ACPS-PUBLIC Wireless Network Experience

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Albemarle County Public Schools provides internet access to personal devices through our ACPS-PUBLIC wireless network. This includes internet access for our students, teachers, staff and visitors who may need internet connectivity while visiting our buildings.

Recently, we eliminated the requirement for users to accept an agreement before connecting to the internet using ACPS-PUBLIC. We hope this change will provide a positive and easy experience when utilizing this service. Please note that ACPS internet traffic is monitored and filtered.

If you have questions, please reach out to the Service Desk at 434-975-9444.

New Learning Management System for ACPS

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Albemarle County Public Schools has selected a new Learning Management System to serve our communities of learners. This selection came after a thorough review process that included a large group of educators. You can view the teacher survey results and learn more about the evaluation process through our Learning on the Web: Blackboard web page.

We are pleased to announce that Schoology has been selected as our new Learning Management System. At this time, we are in contract negotiations. Continue reading

Email Storage Expansion for All & Productivity PD for ACPS Teachers

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ACPS teachers, office associates, and other support staff engage in a high volume of email correspondence with families, colleagues, and school administrators. Currently, ACPS employees have access to 250MB of email storage through Outlook Exchange, the email application provided by Albemarle County Public Schools. In an effort to further support teachers and all employees, the Department of Learning Engineering, Accessibility and Design (LEAD) will adjust the storage limit of all email accounts to 2G. Doing so will expand email storage by 800%. This change will take effect on February 1.

In addition, the Learning Technology team will host a series of professional learning opportunities for ACPS teachers in February titled, Tips for Managing Your Digital World as an Educator. Continue reading

Speak Up Survey: Participate by Jan. 31

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ACPS 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. Continue reading

Changes to Teacher Landing Pages

ACPS Teacher SitesTeacher Landing Pages are no longer required by ACPS, and we are beginning the process of transitioning away from those sites hosted on the ACPS website (a.k.a., “SharePoint”) at https://www3.k12albemarle.org/teachers. Links to all old SharePoint-based landing pages will be removed from School Staff Directories on November 16!

We urge teachers who wish to maintain an ACPS-hosted web presence to act now to choose an alternative: Continue reading

Improving Teacher-Family Communications

VoIP PhoneTo better communicate with all families across the division, teachers now are able to use their classroom phones to make long distance calls to the parents and guardians of their students. This change will make it easier for teachers to engage students’ families. It also recognizes the diversity represented across our school populations, especially given the number of families with cell phone area codes other than 434.

Long distance calling will require the use of a passcode that will be unique to each school. Continue reading

Teachers Needed for Learning Management System Demonstrations – Respond by Oct. 12

BlackboardThank you to all ACPS staff members who provided feedback about our current Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard Learn. The results of our surveys are available on the Learning Technologies Blackboard page.

Based on this feedback, the Department of Student Learning and the Department of Learning Engineering, Access, and Design (LEAD) have issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) to begin a search for a new LMS. Continue reading

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