HS Student Outlook on 1:1 laptops

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Students Setting up Office 365 Student Email in Outlook on 1:1 Machines

  1. Start up Outlook for first time and select to start mail setup wizard
  2. Click Manually configure server settings or additional server types, and then click Next
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  4. On the Choose Service page, select Internet E-mail, and then click Next.
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  6. Provide the following information on the Internet E-mail Settings page:
    1. Name
    2. Email (firstname_lastname@conestogavalley.org)
    3. Select POP3 for account type
    4. outlook.office365.com for Incoming mail server
    5. smtp.office365.com for Outgoing mail server
    6. Email address again for Username
    7. Password
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  8. At the bottom of the page, click More Settings
  9. On the Outgoing Server tab, select My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.
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  11. On the Advanced tab check the box for This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL) and select TLS in the drop down for Use the following type of encrypted connection then click the Ok button
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  13. On the Add New Account page, click Next
  14. Outlook tests your account, click Close when the test returns both as completed
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  16. Click the Finish button
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New Items from Technology Services 2014-2015

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There have been a number of changes in the technology services department this past summer. The below items highlight the major changes and provide a brief explanation and links to further information and resources regarding these services.  Please take a few minutes to review and familiarize yourself with these updates.

CV District WebsiteWeb Server Links

We moved all servers from cvsd.k12.pa.us to conestogavalley.org.

Links are all updated on the district website under the faculty, parent and student pages.

New internet filter is hosted by the IU and is called Palo Alto.

Policy are being rebuilt as we use the network. Be sure to check website for both your login and a student login to be sure they are available for both you and the student policies.

Google Drive is the same for everyone now.                          

  • Everyone needs an eight digit password  to sign in to the new CV Google.
  • Student account will need to use a Leading ZERO and their 7 digit student id.
  • We all log into the same link and the same domain. https://drive.google.com/a/conestogavalley.org/
  • Google Drive for Education overview
  • Meet Google Drive overview
  • You can access Google Resources like DRIVE, Contacts, Calendars and more through the 3X3 icongoogle_3x3_b
  • You can create contact groups in Google to share your documents with your class or other teachers.
    • Go to Google Contacts (Hint: in the 3X3 icon, select contacts)
    • Create a new group and
    • use the Directory to search for your CV students or  CV teachers
    • Assign the student or teachers to your newly created group.

Hardware Update

  • 240 additional laptops to Elementary Buildings
  • New desktops in Cadd lab at MS and HS
  • 20 Interactive Projectors K-12

Public Folders

  • H: YOUR named network folder (Your files)
  • P: Public drive, you have access to your building and your grade level or your department
  • S: Students in your building (These are the student network files that teachers have access  to all student work)
  • O: Student Public for each building (This is a public area for sharing resources) all users have rights to view and edit documents.
  • T: Examview
  • Z: Daily Subs folder (organized by building and each teacher can add a folder with their own name for their sub plans). When subs log in with the credentials provided by the office they have access to their building related folder.

CvCloud From the CV Staff Page you can now access Your named network folders and the other public folders including the daily sub folder through the CV Cloud with your login credentials.

Windows updates Will be sent to your machine from System Center and will depend on network traffic. You can postpone them until later in the day they appear but please allow your computer to process the updates and then restart your computer. This will keep your software up to date. software center windows updates

Office 365

Tech Staff changes Patrick Kenny and Nick Olson are our new building technicians.

Tech Staff Changes Patrick Kenny and Nick Olson are our new technicians

. Patrick Kenny (146x195) Patrick Kenny will be in all buildings and working with our iPads K-2 as well as RTIi and ESL iPads.

Nick Olson (146x195)Nick Olson will be working at Leola and Brownstown.




Wireless Network Name Changes

  • CV-Staff – This is a wireless connection for all CV distributed Windows staff devices.
  • CV-Student – This is a wireless connection for all CV distributed Windows student devices.
  • CV-Apple – This is a wireless connection for all CV iPad student devices and CV iTV devices. This is managed by our technicians.
  • CV-BYOD – This is a wireless connection for any devices not connecting to the previous three wireless networks.
  • CV-Public – This is a wireless connection for any non-CV devices and for users that do not have a CV login.

Software Center 

A new tool that allows students and staff to install district software and updates without administrative rights.


Wikispaces have made the domain change!! If you had a wikispace the URL has changed but the  name is the same for example cff.wiki.cvsd.k12.pa.us was the site I had and it has been transferred to the new domain and will now be called cff.wiki.conestogavalley.org  So you keep the wiki name just the domain has changed.

Moving iTunes from the Old Domain to the New

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Consolidate library into iTunes Media folder.

1.    Open iTunes.

2.    Choose Edit > Preferences.

3.    Click Advanced and note the location of your iTunes Media folder.

4.    Click OK.

5.    For iTunes 9 or later, choose File > Library > Organize Library… > Consolidate Files.

6.    An alert may appear stating: “Consolidating your library will copy all of your music into the iTunes Media folder. This cannot be undone.”

Note: Consolidating will cause iTunes to copy all of your music files that appear in iTunes to one central location on your computer (the iTunes Media folder). The original files will now be duplicates which you will need to manually remove from their various locations if you don’t want them to take up additional drive space. If your computer does not have enough hard-drive space, this process will not work correctly.

7.    Click Consolidate.

To copy all your music files (including the library file that holds all your playlists and other settings) to your external or network (teachershare) drive:

8.    Quit iTunes.

9.    Locate your external or network (teachershare) drive:

  • Windows: In My Computer

10.    Locate your “iTunes” folder:

  • Windows: \Users\username\My Music\iTunes

11.    Drag the iTunes folder to the external or network (teachershare) drive. Copying will begin at this point, and can take a while if you have a lot of content.

To move your iTunes media from your external or network (teachershare) drive to your new domain profile:

12.    Locate the “iTunes” folder that you just backed up to your external or network (teachershare) drive:

  • Windows: In My Computer

13.    Copy the “iTunes” folder and paste it in the My Music folder in your new domain profile located at the path listed below (If it prompts you to merge the folders click yes):

  • Windows: \Users\username\My Music

14.    If you backed up your library in your network (teachershare) drive, be sure to delete it.


Last Items for moving to the Conestogavalley.org domain

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The below items need your attention before you leave at the end of this school year but please keep August 4th as the date to have completed your transition to the new domain.

Your computer and user accounts.

When we move your computer and login to ConestogaValley.org it is equivalent to you become a new user. Think of it like having a brand new account and a new home. The “transition” is comparable to moving your house or apartment. There are 3 main items when moving;

  1. Packing/organizing and backing up your data (completed by you) – Information on what to do linked here.
  2. Moving your equipment to the new domain (done be tech staff) – Tech services has begun this process in some buildings and will notify each person and location when they have moved your device.
  3. Unpacking and organizing in the new Domain (completed by you) – Cannot be done until step 1 and 2 are completed. Refer to the  Welcome to ConestogaValley.org information linked here.

Shared network folder(s).

With the change to the new domain we will be improving our public network folder environment. Public network drives in the cvsd.k12.pa.us domain are scattered across the district with each school having its own public drive and allowing for no collaboration amongst the schools. In the new Domain we are creating a new centrally located P: Public drive (currently shows as the O: Drive on your computer), which is located at the High School and is shared amongst all buildings to act as a central, collaborated store. For more information on this please review information posted here on the tech integration wiki.

Google Docs

Current we have 2 google domains – cvsd.k12.pa.us for staff and student.cvsd.k12.pa.us for students. These domains were separated because we use different google tools in each domain. Most notably Gmail. Students used Gmail and staff used our exchange server. As we move into the new domain we will have one Google domain – conestogavalley.org. Both staff and students will be in this domain and we will be moving student mail into Microsoft Office365 (more info to come on that later). What this means for staff and students in Google Apps is that it will be easier to share files and folders. All students and staff will show up as contacts and groups.

For more information on starting and completing this transition please check out the information posted here on the tech integration wiki.

Your Email

@cvsd.k12.pa.us email will be set up to auto forward to @conestogavalley.org until Monday August 4th. On Monday August 4th the cvsd.k12.pa.us email server will be taken down and users will no longer be able to be contacted at that email domain. To convert your self from the old domain email to the new domain email refer to the Atomic Learning tranings on transition from cvsd.k12.pa.us to conestogavalley.org email. The key software tool you will use is Microsoft Outlook.

Getting Rid of Malware (Babylon and Delta)

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Many of you are experiencing trouble with malware. Please, always be careful where you click! If you would like to attempt to remove malware on your own, see instructions below.

  1. Ctrl+Click Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, then click on “Download Now” to download this program.
  2. When it finishes downloading, double click it to install.
  3. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process.
    DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you LEAVE both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked, UNCHECK Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO, then click on the Finish button.

  1. On the Scanner tab, select Perform FULL scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.

  1. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for malware as shown below.

  1. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed, click on Show Results.

  1. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.

  1. Restart Your computer.
  1. Click the Start Menu and select Control Panel. The Control Panel window will open.

  1. In the Control Panel window click the Uninstall a program link under the Programs section.

  1. From the list of currently installed programs, select Babylon.
  2. To begin the uninstall, click the Uninstall button at the top of the list.

  1. In the Babylon Uninstall Wizard that opens, click Uninstall and then follow the onscreen instructions.

  1. Repeat these steps to remove any other Babylon related software you may have, like Babylon Toolbar, Browser Manager or Browser Protection.
  1. Internet Explorer
    1. Open Internet Explorer
    2. Click the Tools menu and Internet Options
    3. In the general tab, type the URL of the web page that you want to be your home page or if you are currently on the page you wish to be set as your home page, click the Use Current button.
    4. Click Ok.
    5. The next time you open your browser it should open the page you entered.
  2. Mozilla Firefox
    1. Open Mozilla Firefox
    2. Click the Tools menu and Options
    3. Under General and Home Page, type the URL of the web page you want to be your home page.
    4. Click Ok.
    5. The next time you open your browser it should open the page you entered.
  3. Chrome
    1. Open Chrome
    2. Click the Chrome menu icon  in the top-right corner of the screen.
    3. Click Settings.
    4. Below On startup check the “Open a specific page or set of pages.”.
    5. Once checked click Set Pages.
    6. Enter URL of the page you wish to be set as your home page, Click OK.
    7. The next time you open your browser it should open the page you entered.

Staff and Substitute User Accounts

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For the past 2 years we have had an automated process in place to create student windows accounts and folders as soon as a student has been registered and enrolled in the district. This system has been very successful and allows for students to have their log in and accounts ready for them and their teachers when the start school. This summer we configured an automated process to allow a similar thing to happen for staff members. The process is a little more complex because, beyond log ins and home folders teachers need emails and access to shared network folders. They also need access to Sapphire, OnHand Schools, Aesop, MyLearningPlan, etc. We needed to identify an authoritative source for these staff data changes to take place. At first we used our payroll system, but due to character limitations and a few other quirks we learned we needed to find a different database source. Because we used the payroll database initially you may have seen some of the display names show up different than usual. For example Christophe Smith, not Christopher. With the setup of a new staff database these issues should now be resolved. If you still have an issue with your display name please email our Superintendents secretary Angie Boettcher to request your change. Additional information added below here on 11/14/2013 Here is how Full and Part time Staff accounts are created at CVSD Every Wednesday Angie Boettcher will be updating the CV Staff master file with any new or changed information submitted to her by board approved superintendent reports, name change forms, or email requests from staff.  She will also create their MyLearningPlan and Aesop/Veritime accounts. At 4PM that Wednesday our identity management server will process these changes and update/create accounts in the following systems.

  • Exchange server (email) – including “CV Building List” and “CV Group” under the global address list. This means the groups in Outlook will be as accurate as the info on the CV Master File.
  • Sapphire – creates their staff and user account
  • CV Google Apps
  • Active Directory (windows login) – creates the file server and policies for the building they have listed as their main building
    • This account will also create accounts in the following tools once the user has logged in to them the first time.
      • Wikispaces, Moodle, Atomic Learning, CV Blog, CV Cloud, and HelpDesk, Safari Montage

Every Thursday morning we will create/update accounts to the following systems where the user’s roles deem it necessary.

  • Sapphire security rights and access – Chris Smith
  • PA ETEP – Dr. Mann
  • On Hand Schools – Dr. Mann
  • MyLearningPlan –
  • Aesop –

The following accounts will require the teacher or an administrator to contact the individual listed next to the tool to have an account created.

Here is how Substitute accounts are created at CVSD.

  • Daily Subs- use generic windows log in accounts created for each building that provide them access to a computer, the network/internet and a sub folder. Credentials are listed on id badge they get from the office each day. The do not get any Sapphire access.
  • Daily Nurse Subs – use a windows and Sapphire account created after board approval and upon a helpdesk ticket created by the nurse coordinator. The nurse coordinator applies the appropriate access rights in Sapphire to the daily sub on a daily/weekly basis.
  • Short term subs (~10+ days, but not assigning final grades) – use generic windows log in accounts created for each building that provide them access to a computer, the network/internet and a sub folder. Credentials are listed on id badge they get from the office each day. They use the main teachers sapphire account, but not their password. The teachers password is reset to a generic password while the short term site is here. Short term subs need to be communicated to the tech services department via a helpdesk ticket.
  • Long Term Subs (assigning final grades) – These accounts are created the same as our full and par-time staff accounts are created. The process is mentioned above

This process will save time for our clerical and tech staff and get our staff members set up and running much faster than we were able to in the past. As we continue to connect more resources to your windows login account so that you have single sign on capabilities it is imperative that you keep your passwords secure, complex, updated and do not share them with anyone other than tech services staff.

Safari Montage Player

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“The use of rich digital media, like video, has become critically important for supporting the instructional needs of visual learners today. In fact, most educators use digital visual resources in their classrooms on a regular basis. Developed specifically for K-12 educators and for use with the SAFARI Montage system, the SAFARI Montage Media Player allows teachers to better use their digital video through functionality not available in other players. These tools maximize the instructional value of digital resources and potential impact on student learning and retention.” From website

Safari Montage is available to teachers inside the district and in addition Safari Montage is offering “Content from home” from now until December 31, 2012 as a trial for IU#13 Teachers. For teachers this means you can access Safari Montage at home during the trial period not just at school to assist you with your planning and preparing for your curriculum and lessons. And if many teachers utilize the “Content at home” feature during the trial period then the IU#13 will consider purchasing these rights for the future use of this product. This is a much requested feature that has previously been unavailable to us.

Content that is available from Safari Montage includes videos from PBS, Library Video Company, Schlessinger Media, School House Rock, Disney Education Productions, Magic School Bus, National Geographic, NASA , Bill Nye the Science Guy, History Channel,  Reading Rainbow, BBC Shakespeare, Bio. the Biography Channel, and Weston Woods are just a few of the video publishers in Safari Montage services.

Publishers maintain their rights to the videos while you can stream the video content to your classroom.  This does mean you cannot download the videos to your machine but you can play them in class. This feature of Digital Rights Management is the key to Safari’s success with video publishers.

Remember Safari Montage is a video resource, so your web browser will need to be up-to-date and you will need the latest Safari Montage Media Player. Safari Montage currently supports Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers but is moving toward HTML5 implementation next year.

Directions :

  • You can access Safari Montage from the CV Staff page and using your log in credentials to access the service. Through your account you can save links and create playlist for videos you would like to use later.
  • When you are logged in to Safari Montage
  •  Select HELP in the tool bar across the top
  • then on the left menu choose the Browsers and Plug In link
  •  If you have a Window 7 machine you will need to download the Safari Montage Media Player version 5.4.9 for Windows 7.

Safaru Plugins


  • The program will download to your machine as a file
  • and you will need to  click on the file to install
  • and restart your web browser

Troubleshooting Tips: Try a different web browser and keep your web browser and plug ins like Java, Flash, Adobe and Quicktime up to date!

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Speak Up 2011 Technology Survey Results Part 3

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Part 3 and the final part of the 3 part series reviewing and reflecting on the 2011 Project Tomorrow, Speak Up Survey focuses on mobile devices and our stakeholders perception about current technology and what they would like to see provided and supported in the future. Again, this is just my reflection and analysis of the data. I did report on all the questions that where asked nor do I show all the responses. I tried to highlight the higher percentages or those that were significantly different from the national averages collected by Project Tomorrow. I encourage you to review the data yourself by clicking here.

Current Technology Perceptions

Technology in education always seems to be a passionate discussion. From the amount it’s uses, to how it’s used, to how much money is being spent on it, technology in education has been a major part of public education since the beginning of the 21st Century. The need for hardware, software and connectivity continues to grow every year. While the form factor may be changing from full sized computer to the handheld mobile device, the need for applications, support, funding and training has not changed. The information reflected on this section is a gathering perception data on how our stakeholders perceive CVSD is doing in providing technology services and what we should be looking to provide and support in the future. I particularly found the perceptions on what tools have the greatest impact on student learning to be valuable. There are areas of agreement; internet connectivity, interactive whiteboards, and computer for every student. There were also some areas where our stakeholders seem to be a little disconnected. Ideas like chat rooms for discussion, collaboration tools and student use of mobile devices.

What keeps you from using technology at school?

44% of 5th Graders say computers are not available or easy to get to.

6-8th Graders

  • 58% Not allowed to use their own mobile device
  • 46% To many rules against using technology
  • 45% The internet is Slow
  • 39% Teachers limit our use

How could CVSD make it easier for you to use technology?

5th Graders

  • 32% Get to school work online from home
  • 36% provide me with a laptop I can use at school
  • 25% let me use my mobile device
  • 25% make it easier to get to the internet

6-8th Graders

  • 61% allow greater access to the websites I need
  • 58% let me use my mobile device.
  • 51% provide unlimited wireless access in school

CVSD is doing a good job of using technology to enhance student achievement

6-8th Graders




If you were designing a 21st century which tools would you include to have the greatest positive impact on learning?

Mobile Devices and Learning

Mobile devices are defined in this survey as smartphones (iPhone, Droid, Blackberry) tablet computer (iPad) or cell phone. The feedback provided on mobile devices and mobile learning provide insight to how our students use them and what others perceive students would, could or should do with them. The data on what types of mobile devices are students have was reviewed in Part 1.

If students could use their own mobile device at school for school work what would they use it for?

5th Grade Students

  • 69% Play educational Games
  • 65% Take Notes in Class
  • 62% Look up info on the Internet

6th-8th Grade Students

  • 75% Check Grades
  • 72% Look up info on the internet
  • 70% Take Class notes
  • 68% setup/receive reminders about upcoming assignments and tests
  • 42% access social networking sites

Teachers Feedback on Mobile Devices

Benefits for incorporating student mobile devices

  • 77% Increase student engagement in school and learning
  • 61% access to online textbooks
  • 26% Increases teacher productivity (44% national avg)
  • 58% personalized instruction for each student
  • %55 after school review of course content.

Biggest concern about mobile devices

  • 72% distracted and doing other things (texting, games, etc)
  • 72% not all students have mobile devices
  • 34% cheating on tests

Parent Feedback on Mobile Devices

Benefits for incorporating student mobile devices

  • 54% Increase student engagement in school and learning
  • 63% access to online textbooks
  • 47% personalized instruction for each student
  • 59% after school review of course content.

58% of parents surveyed would be likely or very likely to provide a mobile device for their student to use at school.

42% of parents would purchase a data plan to use with that mobile devices

Admin Feedback on Mobile Devices

Benefits for incorporating student mobile devices

  • 95% Extend learning beyond the school day
  • 86% increase student engagement in school and learning
  • 67% personalized instruction for each student

What is preventing the allowance of student mobile devices?

  • 56% challenges with different hardware and software
  • 56% network security
  • 80% Digital equity issues
  • 85% Student internet safety.

66% of administrators are very likely or likely to allows students to use their mobile devices for instructional purposes at school

A big thank you goes out to all of our participants of the survey and to all of you who have read the reviews and commented on the posts. I encourage all of you to look into the results yourself by clicking here.

2012 Summer Technology Professional Development Suggestions

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Summer break is just around the corner and many of you have already started planning for vacation, workshops, R&R and other activities. I wanted to take a few minutes to remind and inform all of you about the technology integration options that are available to our staff this summer. There is a multitude of opportunities offered by a variety of providers. The lists below is should provide everyone at CV with something they can learn and build on. If you know of other opportunities that may benefit any of our staff please add them as a comment. Also don’t forget about Atomic Learning and the new option to use it for a full day or half day special workshop request. For more info on that option check out our previous blog post called, “Atomic Learning as a Special Workshop Request

CV School District – This summer the district will be providing a number workshops regarding technology and they can be found in My Learning Plan under the Summer Professional Development event.

Below  are some other opportunities that go above and beyond a workshop and provide either act 48 hours, professional credits or graduate credits.

IU 13 – One Day Workshops. You can view all the IU’s offerings through MylearningPlan.

  • Promethean Flipcharts for your K-6 Classroom June 26 Cost $0
  • Promethean Flipcharts for your 7-12 grade Classroom July 25 Cost $0
  • Google Docs For Beginners 7/26 Cost $50 Half Day Session 9-12
  • Google Docs For Beginners 7/31 Cost $50 Half Day Session 9-12
  • Google  Docs For Beginners 8/2 Cost $50 Half Day Session 9-12
  • Web 2.0 Tools Independent Study 7/26 Cost $50 Half Day Session 1-4
  • Web 2.0 Tools Independent Study 7/31 Cost $50 Half Day Session 1-4
  • Web 2.0 Tools Independent Study 8/2 Cost $50 Half Day Session 1-4
  • IU 13 – Courses that count for CPE’s. You can view all the IU’s offerings through MylearningPlan.

    Millersville University offers a variety of Ed workshops (EDW) and graduate classes.

    Harrisburg  University

    • Harrisburg University’s Educators’ Technology Clinics
      o Educators’ Technology Clinics- 8:00 AM- 2:50 PM
       Harrisburg: dates 7/16-7/18, 7/31- 8/02, 10/13
       New Oxford: dates 7/16-7/18, 7/31-8/02, 10/13
       Lancaster: dates 7/18-7/20, 8/1-8/3, 10/13
       SMHEC: dates 7/16-7/18, 7/31-8/02, 10/13
      o Saturdays, 9:00 AM- 4:20 PM at Harrisburg Campus on the following dates: 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11

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