Teacher Times #18
January 13, 2014
Birthdays of the Week
James Giordano 1/20
Today we performed a complete overhaul of the DDC room computers, scanners and printers. I am pleased to say that the room is fully operational.
1. All computers are hardwired to an unfiltered Internet on the same network
2. All computers print to a brand new state-of-the-art Lexmark laser printer
3. DDC works perfectly on each machine
4. All five scanners were checked and are working perfectly
You should not experience any problems whatsoever in this room for accessing the Internet, scanning, DDC or printing.
A FEW FAVORS
1. Please report any problems IMMEDIATELY to me by email. It is the nature of technology that connections fail, wires need changing, or things just don't always work as they should. I am surprised when I find out that a computer or a printer is down for weeks and no one reports it. As is the case of the copies machines, please report any problems to me IMMEDIATELY by email and I assure you it will be looked at THAT DAY.
2. Please only use the teacher account. The password is "keyboard" One of the problems we had before is that people were going into the admin account and changing passwords, Internet connections and playing with the computers' settings. Please stick to only the teachers account and avoid changing the settings. We need to keep the computers in that room uniform and stable.
3. The room is hard wired, meaning not on a wireless network. Please don't change it. Many of our problems happened because of this. If you experience a problem, just slide over to another computer and I assure you it works. Then report to me what you experienced on the computer that failed. The computers will be labeled DDC 1, DDC2, DDC 3... and so on for easy communication and identification.
Today I deeply studied the entire DDC process from test creation to upload and posting to Skedula, and believe I found a way to streamline the process. Next Monday (20th of January), I will show this streamlined process to you in our Monday morning staff meeting. If you wish to work on DDC this week, please stop in and chat with me and I will show you how we simplified things so you can use it right away. I think you'll like it.
FINAL POINT: I am usually free to assist staff 6th, 7th and 8th period of each day. If you would like me to work with you and get you more comfortable with the whole process (from creation to upload), please don't hesitate to make an appointment with me and we can do it together. It would be my pleasure. If you teach those 3 periods, then let me know. We'll find a time.
Professional Development and Student Opportunities
Professional development and student opportunities are posted on the PD and Student Opportunities page. This week’s highlights include:
§ Participate on January 14: Twitter Chat and Tweetup—Behind the Scenes Arms and Armor presented by K–12 Educator Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
§ Register by January 15: Planning and Supervising with Measures of Student Learning in Mind for Elementary and Middle School Principals: Part II
§ Participate on January 21: Google+ Hangout on Air—Speaking and Listening in Art Museums: Addressing the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts presented by K–12 Educator Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
§ Participate on January 28: Google+ Hangout on Air—Art Museums at Your Fingertips presented by K–12 Educator Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
§ Apply by January 31: NYCDOE Energy Conservation Art Work Contest
§ Participate on January 31: Attendance Teacher Professional Development
§ Register by January 31: Planning a Self-Guided Visit presented by K–12 Educator Programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
§ Apply by February 21: Nominate Student Journalists for Princeton Summer Program
§ Apply by March 26: Biology Education Workshop for High School and Middle School Teachers
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