Participate in Hour of Code This December 5-11!

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Celebrate Computer Science Week this December 5-11 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. The Learning Technology Team encourages all ACPS students to participate in Hour of Code! Continue reading

Digital Citizenship Week Is Oct. 17-21

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ACPS is now certified by Common Sense Media as a Common Sense District! As part of this digital citizenship certification, schools are teaching students how to use technology in safe and healthy ways, addressing topics like maintaining a healthy digital footprint and staying safe in an online community. As a division, we would like to highlight the importance of this work during National Digital Citizenship Week, October 17-21.

In honor of Digital Citizenship Week, the Department of Technology’s Learning Technology team has launched a Digital Citizenship Week website featuring short, fun, and easy-to-access extensions to the existing digital citizenship curriculum. Continue reading

Reminder: Change Your Password by Oct. 14!

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The Department of Technology will require all staff and students in grades 3-12 to change their password on or before October 14, 2022. Staff and students who have not changed their password since June 8 will be prompted to do so this Friday. You can manage your ACPS password through our Self Password Reset portal. If you experience technical issues or need assistance, please contact the Service Desk during normal business hours at 434-975-9444.

ACPS Is Transitioning to a New Intranet on Oct. 6

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In support of the creation of the new ACPS Human Resources (HR) Department, and also to enhance security, the Department of Technology is modernizing the platform used to house internal staff resources. Resources from the current HR site hosted by Albemarle County Local Government and resources from the current ACPS intranet are moving to a new shared home beginning this Thursday, October 6. Continue reading

Change Your Password by Oct. 14

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The Department of Technology announced at the beginning of the school year that we will require passwords to be changed on or before October 14, 2022. This password change is required of all staff and students in grades 3-12. Staff and students who have not changed their password since June 8, 2022, will be prompted to change their password on October 14.  

We encourage you to change your password prior to October 14 to avoid the required prompt. Please use the Self Password Reset portal to manage your ACPS password. Continue reading

MinecraftEdu: Technical Issues Resolved

The Department of Technology has resolved the MinecraftEdu login issues we reported on August 31. All students and staff are again able to access and use MinecraftEdu. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this disruption of service. If you need assistance using Minecraft with a learning activity, please reach out to your school’s assigned LTI for support.

Technical Issues with MinecraftEdu

Microsoft has made a change that is causing login issues with our current MinecraftEdu configuration. This means that students and staff are unable to use MinecraftEdu at this time. Our Technology team is in contact with Microsoft about this issue, and we are advocating for Microsoft to produce a solution as soon as possible. In the meantime, please reach out to your school’s assigned LTI for support with selecting alternative instructional resources.

We apologize for this inconvenience, and we will provide an update when MinecraftEdu is operational.

Setting up Short-Term Subs for Success With Technology

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The Department of Technology created this Technology Need-to-Knows for Short-Term Substitutes document to support substitute coordinators and assist teachers when creating sub plans. The document addresses technology resources that are available to substitutes; accessing materials using Google Drive; displaying materials using a Promethean Panel; and getting technical support. Please direct any questions to the Service Desk during normal business hours at 434-975-9444.