October ACPS TechKnow: Digital Citizenship Week

teacher teaching students using laptops

Welcome to the first edition of ACPS TechKnow, a monthly series to keep students, families and staff in the know about all things technology within ACPS! In addition to featuring articles in the Compass for employees, we’ll communicate with families and secondary students via email about common topics.

This month’s topic: Digital Citizenship Week!

Did you know that ACPS is certified in Digital Citizenship through a partnership with Common Sense Media? As part of the certification, schools are teaching students how to use technology in safe and healthy ways. As a division, we would like to highlight the importance of this work during National Digital Citizenship Week, October 16-20. Continue reading

Introduction to ClassLink

ClassLink logo

The Department of Technology has partnered with the Department of Instruction to acquire a single sign-on (SSO) system called ClassLink. This system will allow teachers and students to use their ACPS username and password to log in to ClassLink LaunchPad, where they will be able to access all approved teaching and learning tools. Stay tuned for more information about ClassLink in the coming weeks! 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.

Facilitators Needed for CoderDojo 2022; Interest Meetings on May 11 & 19


Interest Meetings: May 11 at 7 p.m. or May 19 at 4:30 p.m. | Interest Form | Zoom Link

The Department of Technology is seeking facilitators for CoderDojo, Albemarle’s coding and computer science camp. CoderDojo provides elementary students with opportunities for creativity, innovation and fun in an academy-like setting. This camp provides the perfect environment for teachers to explore new instructional strategies and technology tools aligned with the Virginia Department of Education’s computer science standards.

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Digital Learning Day Is February 22!

Digital Learning Day

Please join us in celebrating Digital Learning Day (DLDay) on February 22, 2022. The Department of Technology’s Learning Technology Team developed a series of Tech Tidbits (short videos) that focus on common learning tools that are available throughout ACPS.

Are you interested in learning more about Digital Learning Day? Check out these resources: Continue reading

CoderDojo 2021: Teaching Positions Now Open


The CoderDojo Teacher Interest Form for Summer 2021 is now open! Interested teachers should complete this brief form by May 21. Participating teachers will receive $350 and 20 recertification points per week.

CoderDojo is a summer coding camp that provides ACPS elementary students with opportunities for creativity, innovation and fun. As a part of our Summer Recovery program, CoderDojo will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each week in July at various locations throughout the county. Teachers may sign up for individual weeks or the entire month. Continue reading

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