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 to

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.
  • 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 was the site I had and it has been transferred to the new domain and will now be called  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.


Atomic Learning as a Special Workshop Request Updated 2014

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In MyLearningPlan (MLP) under the “LearningPlan” tab and the “Fill-In Forms” section there is an option for staff to submit a “Special Workshop Request Form.” This form allows staff to submit workshop requests for activities that may not be provided by CV, the IU or other providers listed in MLP. This provides great flexibility and differentiation for staff members to learn and develop on their own. Everyone is at a different level when it comes to technology skills and the implementation into their classroom. Since we have staff across the spectrum when it comes to technology it is nearly impossible to provide the individualized training and workshops necessary for each staff member, but that is where a tool like Atomic Learning combined with the districts willingness for individualized professional development comes together to provide you with the just in time, differentiated, self paced development that you need.

So how does this work?

  1. Browse Atomic Learning tutorials under SEARCH or Spotlights to see if there is any tools or skills that you want to work on. I have listed and linked some suggestions below, but you may want to refer to ISTE Assessment results and consult with your supervisor/principal for suggestions as well.
  2. Determine how many hours it will take for you to view the videos, work with technology and create an example or write a reflection about what you completed. As a general rule of thumb, “project based” activities will be a half day workshop (3.25 hrs) and a “workshop” activity will be a full day workshop (6.5 hrs). If you are just going to watch tutorials to learn a new tool you will want to sign up for a half day workshop (3.25 hrs)
  3. Go to MyLearningPlan and submit a “Special Workshop Request Form.” You must fill in all the field that are highlighted in Red. For the Workshop Title make sure you include the technology tool, project or workshop that you are working on and the words Atomic Learning. For example, Atomic Learnings Creating an Online Course workshop or YouTube for educators workshop in Atomic Learning. In the Description make sure you answer these questions; What is the goal for this activity? How will this be incorporated into your class and/or curriculum? What evidence will you provide? The URL for Description is not required, but I suggest linking to whatever atomic learning video series, project or workshop you plan on working on.
  4. For example the YouTube for educators is located at The dates you select can be the same or the completion of the workshop could take place all on the same day. The listed end date is when the district will expect you to have your workshop complete and your evidence submitted. Complete the rest of the required field in Red.  This link will take you to an example form in PDF format displaying how the form should be filled out in My Learning Plan.

So you have found the tutorial, project or workshop your interested in, submitted the form and received approval. Now What?

  1. Log into Atomic Learning and begin working through the tutorial, project or workshop you selected. Your hours and time viewing videos will be logged automatically. If the video is showing you how to do something I suggest you have that program or website open and model the tutorial as you go.
  2. After you watched the videos, created your project or developed your website you should upload all of the work, links, files, etc. you created to your ePortfolio on Atomic Learning.
  3. Log onto MyLearningPlan and mark you activity complete. Insert comments to let you supervisor know what and where they can find the evidence of your learning from that activity.

I hope many of you take this opportunity to individualize your professional development and, as I mentioned above, here is a list of suggested workshops.

Spotlights Tutorials

Prezi-web based presentation tool.

Skype – video conferencing


Microsoft Office 2010 


Graduating Seniors and Moving your Documents

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CVHS Seniors

How to Move your Documents that are stored on your laptop

These are your personal documents that you may move from the CVSD laptop to a cloud storage area  if you would like to keep them for the  future.

  • Step  ONE Locate Documents on
    • C Drive (Local Disk)
  • Step  TWO Locate Documents on
    • your Network Drive (Firstname_lastname)
  • Step THREE
    • Move documents to DropBox, Box or a Personal Google Drive Account
  • Step Four
    • Your Google Drive Documents – Use the Google TAKE OUT tool to archive all documents.
    • This archive can be placed in a personal Google Account or a DropBox or a Box cloud storage account
  • Step Five
    • If you would like to move Your CV Wikispace – Please see below for information to Contact Wikispaces

More directions are listed below for each of the Steps


Step  ONE Locate Documents on C Drive (Local Disk)

  • start button.PNGStart Menu
  • Computer
  • Local C: or This Computer
  • Locate the  — Users Folder
  • Locate Your Named Folder inside the Users Folder
  • and then look in the following locations for your any of your files
    • Desktop
    • Downloads
    • My Documents
    • My Music
    • My Pictures
    • My Videos

These are items you will want to move to an alternate location like Box, Drop Box or Google Drive

Step  TWO Locate Documents on your Network Drive (Firstname_lastname)

  • Then open your FirstName Last Name Folder and locate your files that are stored there.
  • Move all documents to one of the options below. DropBox, Box or Google Drive

Step Three – How to Move your Stored Documents into a Cloud Storage Location like Dropbox or Box or Google Drive

Choice A. DROP BOX

Create a Drop Box account with 3GB of Storage at

  • do NOT try to download the program to your CVSD laptop.
  • You can use it from the web version.

You will be able to upload 3 GB of storage space for free

Click the upload button and add the files you need to add to your dropbox account.

Choice B. BOX

Create a account with 10 GB of Storage at

  • do NOT try download the program to your CVSD laptop.

  • You can use it from the web version.

You will be able to upload 10 GB of storage space for free

Click the upload button and add the files or folders you need to add to box.

Choice C. Google Drive

Step Four:  Migrate your data away from CVSD Google Drive to a personal Google Drive account

Google Drive accounts are available for anyone with a Gmail Account. Please create a Gmail account that is not on the CV Domain … So create a new Google Account or Use an exsiting Google Account that is not account.

15GB free (to be shared across Google Drive, Gmail and Google + photos

1. Google Takeout – Create an Archive of your google DATA and move it out of CVSD.

  • This will create an archive folder

  • Open the archive folder

  • Back up this archive to your new Google Account or a Box or DropBox account


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Step Five- Wikispaces

Wikispaces can copy your whole wiki for you:

  1. You will need to Create blank wikis that you would like to copy the existing wiki into.

  2. send us the URLs of all the new blank wikis, along with the URL of the master wiki you would like to copy. Be sure to indicate which is which. This email must come from the address associated with your Wikispaces account.

By default, we’ll copy all of your pages (including their full history), files, discussions, and tags. Let us know if you would not like all of these features to be copied. We will notify you when the wiki has been copied.

If you were not the creator of the original wiki, we will need to receive an email from the creator as well, granting you permission to copy their content.

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.

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!

Backing Up Data for End of Year

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Backing Up Files for the End of the Year.

All of your files should be saved to your named server folder but just in case…

Please look in the following locations on your machine for your extra files

1. Desktop

2. My Documents

  • My Music
  • My Pictures
  • My Videos
  • And drag any of the school related documents and files to your named server folder.

3.  Favorites or Bookmarks

In IE –  Internet Explorer for Favorites

  • Go to File
  • Import/ Export
  • Select Export
  • Next
  • Check Box Favorites
  • Next
  • Select folder that you want to save
  • Browse to choose your location
  • Save to your named server folder
  • Choose Export
  • Finish

In Mozilla Firefox 

  • Left click on Bookmarks
  • Choose Show all Bookmarks
  • Select Import and Backup
  • Select Export/Backup
  • Select your named server folder
  • Save

4.     ActivInspire

If you have a Promethean board you will also want to backup:

My Resources and Resources Packs, any flipcharts that you may have saved in My Flipcharts and My Profiles… (this is the settings for your toolbar on your Promethean Boards)

This is how to find them:

Open My Documents

  • Open the Activ Software folder
  • ActivInspire folder has:
  1. My Flipcharts
  2. My Resources
  3. My Profiles
  • save this whole folder to your named teacher folder on the server.

If you need help or guidance with backing up your files please send me a helpdesk ticket and I will arrange to visit with you. Please also take this opportunity to review your files and only save what you need. Place any personal documents, pictures and music on an external device… like a flash drive, external hard drive or burn to CD.

Best practice for backing up data is to save to an external device and take a COPY home with you for the summer.

Counting down!!

Blogs for Educators to Build your PLN

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PLN or a Personal Learning Network  is a connection of people who have similar professional interests who often share resources in an online collaborative environment.  How do you build a network?

ONE – look down your hallway in your school — do you have anyone who you can go to for advice on technology tools for your classroom and your curriculum? These people are in your school PLN already.

TWO – look in the Google Docs collections that have been shared with you, many of the building technology integrators have placed resources into folders for you to use. The collections are organized by grade level and subject area. The people who contribute lesson plans, flip charts and worksheets are in your District PLN because they have share with you. You can add items to these collections and share your resources with others on your grade level to build your PLN resources.

THREE – Look for educators and resources that are outside your physical environment. One way is to  follow blogs of other people.

  • save the websites in your bookmarks to visit later or
  • follow the RSS feed for entries. RSS is Really Simple Syndication. Like a magazine that is delivered these blogs can be delivered to your email in box, every time an author published a new post/edition or
  • send the RSS feed for entries to your iGoogle homepage or your Google Reader.

Build your own Virtual PLN. Choose  a few bloggers to follow. I have listed a few bloggers below:

CV School District Blogs

Technology Ideas for Classroom Teachers :

Or check out these blogs about Education Issues:

Why should you build your PLN? The potential to increase your area of expertise by reaching outside of your physical circle of professionals is an advantage for today’s teachers. It also meets the standards of the ISTE NETS for Teachers and for Students.   ISTE NETS-T3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning: D. model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning. And ISTE NETS-S 3. Research and Information Fluency B. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.

Well now if you got this far in the article and you are thinking what is this Technology Coach talking about? You know what to do… send me a helpdesk ticket and we can meet and discuss your questions. I am looking forward to talking about Blogs and PLN with you! Comment on this blog post  to add the links to blogs that you follow that other teachers would find helpful.

Delicious to Diigo made easy

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For many years of our staff members have been using Delicious social bookmarking service provided by Yahoo to organize, share and find valuable websites. Recent news of Yahoo’s finacial troubles informs us that they will be shutting down this service in the near future. Fortunately there is an equal, if not better, service available called Diigo that takes little to no effort to transfer your Delicious bookmarks from.

Diigo is also a social bookmarking tool that looks very similar to Delicious but has many additional features. Diigo will allow you to transfer your delicious bookmarks to your newly created Diigo account.  GO TO

Utilizing the bookmarking tool Diigo will be an easy transition for many teachers. Diigo has more options and more features for highlighting and sharing with a group but also has the same  ease of use of delicious. You can also apply to upgrade to an educators account! A teacher account enables you to create groups of students to share web resources and highlighted web articles for research or class reading assignments.

The Diigo Toolbar will serve the same function as the Delicious Toolbar!  The Diigo toolbar will work like your delicious bookmark buttons on your tool bar except you will now use the NEW Diigo toolbar instead!  See Step 4.

Step One :  Sign up for a Diigo account GO TO After you have established your Diigo Basic account you can apply to upgrade your account to an educator account. You can do this later or at anytime.

Step Two: Go to the tools feature in the menu bar and follow the directions to Import your new Diigo Account

Step Three: Import your Delicious Bookmarks into Diigo (You will need to log in to your delicious account and export the bookmarks as directed and then upload that file to your new Diigo account)

Step Four: Install the Diigo Toolbar to replace your Delicious Toolbar. Again this is in the tools feature and has directions!

PA Standards Aligned System (SAS)

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This week I had the pleasure to participate in the PDE state wide conference unveiling and promoting SAS. The system is in place for many reasons, but the one that stands out to me the most is to standardized teaching and learning across the state. For PDE’s Explanations check out a the about SAS on


I really love the idea of one place and location for all of the information, resources, curriculum,  standards, etc.

The tool even has a location for teachers to create their own web page and maintain a portfolio. It is in the teacher tools section at the top right hand side of the website.  The section looks clean and easy to use. I worry that is about 3 years to late. Many districts, including ours,  have already deployed many other tools that provide very similar things.  We have Moodle, Wikispaces, and On Hand schools to name a few . All of which are providing  locations and ideas similar to the SAS. While I invite the idea of one single location for all of these six circles,  I fear the reaction from our staff when I tell them they need to move to this “new” system.  Our administration and teachers need to look at this tool and measure its value for our need.

I am posting this for those of you who are early adopters and testers. If you are interested in what the state is doing to “heard all of cats” that they, and us, have let out of the bag when it relates to curriculum, instruction, technology and standards. This Standards Aligned System is the latest and greatest.

Enjoy looking around. If you have any questions please feel free to comment and I will point you in whatever directions I can. This is fairly new to me as well. So I will be exploring and learning with you.

Addtional Information to the Post added 1/2/2010

You can find most of the answers to your questions in two spots and the collaborative wikispace the 1100 participants used during the conference –
the discussion threads have a lot of answers (

My big take aways from the entire project and conference are-
PDE main site has changed and there is not direct link for standards. All standards are now on the SAS website and the only new standards approved are Math and Communications. There are also no longer any business ed standards, but there were rumors that they will be adopting the NBEA standards.
The assessment area and assessment builder show a lot of potential for districts and staff to clarify and unify assessments.
The curriclum framework listed here is based on the work of Wiggins and McTighe (Understanding by Design) and is “suggested and recommended” not required by the sate. I truly don’t believe it will be required, but I do think that they will aligning the Keystone exams to this, so in a round about way they will be making a state wide curriculum.
There are a lot of good videos displaying effective instructional strategies to share with your staff who need help in that area.
Materials and Resources
There are good materials, but a lot of them are currently resources from New York State. PDE via grants have employed 10-20 districts to create new materials and resources for this system using Thinkfinity (the old Marco Polo). So I expect much more to come in this area.
These are just posted files that many of us are already aware of when it comes to interventions.

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