New Translation Solution Coming to ACPS Website on May 3

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For the past few years, ACPS has used Google Translate’s website translator widget to provide free and automatic translation of our website content. However, Google announced in 2019 that they would no longer support their website translator widget. Eventually the tool will cease to work, likely without warning.

In order to ensure that our web content is accessible to users who prefer to read text in a language other than English, ACPS has partnered with a website translation service called Weglot (pronounced Wē-glŏt). Beginning Monday, May 3, Weglot will seamlessly integrate with our website to offer translation options. Continue reading

Spoofing Phone Calls

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The Department of Technology is aware that some ACPS phone numbers are being used to make spoofing phone calls that are malicious in nature. As you do with phishing emails, please continue to use a “cautious lens” if you receive such a call. Before giving any personally identifiable information or providing payment for anything, please contact the entity that the caller is claiming to be to verify the request. As a reminder: No reputable organization will contact you asking for password or account information without you initiating the contact.

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

Department of Technology Website

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The Department of Technology is excited to announce a new look for our website! This new, streamlined design shares our resources in a more efficient way for students, families and staff. We’ve updated our homepage to create easy access to the division’s most frequently used resources, such as Schoology, Seesaw, and the Department of Technology Service Desk.

If you have any feedback or can’t find something, please reach out to Nita Collier.

ACPS Digital Learning Summit: Feb. 15-26

Digital Learning Summit 2021

Join members of the ACPS Learning Technology team for the first annual Digital Learning Summit, going on now through February 26. Each day, participants will receive short “minute-to-master-it” videos and longer prerecorded sessions that cover a range of themes, such as media literacy; online engagement; effective screencasting; Minecraft for virtual/blended learning spaces; and SEL resources for teachers and students from ACPS counselors. Continue reading

Stage 4 Instructional & Technology Resources

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In preparation for a possible decision to transition to Stage 4 of our Return to School plan, the departments of Instruction and Technology collaborated to create a set of resources for teachers. In addition to these resources, we encourage teachers to reach out to your school’s assigned Instructional Coaches and Learning Technology Integrator to support thinking through instructional needs and approaches. Continue reading

Speak Up Technology Survey Now Open

Speak Up

The Speak Up Survey is a district and national research initiative designed to amplify the voices and perspectives of students, families and teachers about technology and learning. Input from you and your students will impact how ACPS uses technology to support schools. In the past, we have received thousands of responses across the district, and this year, we’re aiming for 100% participation from students, families, teachers and administrators. Continue reading

Email Spoofing

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The Department of Technology is aware that some employees have received emails that impersonate another employee asking for assistance or personal information. This is called email spoofing.

Email spoofing is a malicious attack to trick users into thinking that a message came from a trusted individual. Continue reading

PowerSchool Update Scheduled for Jan. 16-17

PowerSchool

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