Celebrate Computer Science Education Week: Participate in Hour of Code

Hour of Code ACPS 2021

December 6-12 is Computer Science Education Week! Celebrate by participating in Hour of Code! Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities, but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Continue reading

Assessment Tool Review: Illuminate

Illuminate Education logo

Teachers: ACPS strives to provide the best possible instructional tools for you and our students. Industry best practice is to review instructional tools periodically to ensure they are meeting our school division’s needs. The contract for our assessment tool, Illuminate, is up this year for a comprehensive review.

We ask for a few minutes of your time to complete this survey to support the review of this very important tool used in your teaching practice. If you have questions, please contact illuminatesupport@k12albemarle.org

Digital Citizenship Night – Nov. 16

family using laptop together

Do you have questions around your students’ technology use, either at home or in the classroom? The Department of Technology is inviting all families and faculty to participate in a Q&A forum with ACPS administrators, teachers, students, and experts from Common Sense Media. The session will cover digital citizenship and healthy media habits.

Please join us on Tuesday evening, November 16, via Zoom for this informative session. Continue reading

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Explore, Experience, Share

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It is Week Three of Cybersecurity Awareness Month! It’s great to explore, experience and share, but please do so safely! Check out this guidance from the Utah Department of Public Safety:

Never click and tell. Limit what information you post on social media—from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee. What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all that criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and your physical belongings—online and in the real world. Continue reading

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Fight the Phish!

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Week Two’s message is: Fight the Phish!

Play hard to get with strangers. Cyber criminals use phishing tactics, hoping to fool their victims. If you’re unsure who an email is from—even if the details appear accurate—or if the email looks “phishy,” do not respond and do not click on any links or attachments found in that email. Continue reading

It’s Time to Change Your Password!

change your password sticky note

As a follow-up to our announcements in June and August, the Department of Technology would like to remind everyone that we must reinstitute a required password change for all staff and all students in grades 3-12. For any staff member or student who has not changed their password by Thursday, October 14, 2021, a forced password prompt will occur on the morning of October 15, 2021. The password prompt will appear only for those who have not already changed their password. Continue reading

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month; This Week’s Message: Be Cyber Smart

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Held every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. For the 18th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Department of Technology will be sending out weekly messages. This week’s message is: Be Cyber Smart.

Shake up your password protocol! Continue reading