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

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.

 

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

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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 dropbox.com

  • 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  Box.com account with 10 GB of Storage at Box.com

  • 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 @conestogavalley.org 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.

https://www.google.com/settings/takeout

  • 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.

  • RUN A SCAN
  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.
  • UNINSTALL BABYLON
  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.
  • CHANGE HOMEPAGE BACK
  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!

Google Drive

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What is Google Drive?

Google Drive replaces and enhances what you know today as your Google Documents List. This will replace your current CV Google Docs account. If you are new to CV Google, you will need to click on the (Go to Google Drive) Big Blue Button the first time you log into CV Google Apps. If you are a current CV Google Docs user you will have a chance to select Google Drive appear near your name when you are logged in or the account will move to Google Drive soon.

How is the Google Drive online interface different from my current Google Documents List?
The Google Drive online interface looks similar to the Google Documents List you’re used to, with a few key differences:
• Collections are now called Folders.
My Drive – When you first switch to Google Drive, a new folder called My Drive contains:
o Documents that you own or have previously uploaded
o Folders you own and the items contained within (regardless of ownership)
• Home – Other items that would have previously appeared in the Home view can easily be found elsewhere. You can choose different views and filters to see recently opened documents, starred items, documents that have been shared with you, items owned by a particular person, files of a particular type, and more.
Shared with me – only shows items that were shared with you explicitly.
All items view – find items here that were shared with the “Public” or “Anyone with the link.” You can find those items by searching in the All items view.
Starred – Click Starred to see all the items you’ve marked with a star. Just click the star to the left of an item to mark it. Stars are like “bookmarks” or “favorites” in a browser to mark web sites you want to access frequently.
Recent Views – Use the Recent view to see all the private and shared files that you’ve opened, in reverse chronological order. This is a great way to quickly find your most current stuff.
Search Box -You’ll have powerful new options to search, sort, or preview your files before opening them.
 
FAQ’s
How much storage do I have for my Google Drive files?
5 GB but only stored files (.PDF, .DOC, .JPG, etc.) count towards your storage limit. Google Docs formats don’t use up your storage space.
Where can I get more information?

Internet Safety at Home – Good Advice for Parents

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Our technology department employs a web filtering service for the internet and email system for our schools, this service protects students from inappropriate content and complies with the CIPA — the Children’s Internet Protection Act. But what can you do at home to protect your child and to promote digital citizenship?

Advice for going online with your child at home from Microsoft’s Safety and Security Website   “Here are some safety tips to consider when you go online with your 2-10 year old:

  1. It’s never too early to foster open and positive communication with children.
  2. Always sit with your kids at this age when they’re online.
  3. Set clear rules for Internet use.
  4. Insist that your children not share personal information such as their real name, address, phone number, or passwords with people they meet online.
  5. If a site encourages kids to submit their names to personalize the web content, help your kids create online nicknames that don’t give away personal information.”
  6. Internet Child Safety – Family Safety You can also find information for the age groups of  11-14 and 15-18.
  7. Have the computer in a family room or kitchen area with the monitor screen turned in the direction of the supervising parent.

Web Filtering and Content Monitoring — Two FREE Web Filtering tools for your home computer and your wireless internet device

Children enjoy interacting and connecting with others. Websites like Webkinz and Club Penguin, to the video games played on Xbox Live each provide opportunities for children to connect and play together.  Internet safety depends on the decisions that children and young adults make when they go online. Open communication with parents is also important so that rules can be adjusted as the child matures and is able to demonstrate responsibility and respect of others online.

Check out Common Sense Media for more on the digital literacy and citizenship.

We here at Conestoga Valley hope that families will join us in providing safe online experiences for all of our students both at home and at school.

Spell Check for Internet Web Browsers

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With so many tools and resources on the web students are creating documents, presentations and filling in forms and quizzes using their web browser. Some of the tools have spell check features built right into their application (Google Docs, WordPress Blog) but many do not (Wikispaces, Google Forms). I know the past practice may have been to have students draft their information in a word processing program and then copy and paste it into the website. Thankfully we don’t have to do that anymore. The web browsers themselves have spell check features included in them. Below are 3 of the top internet browsers, listed in my order of preference, and links to how you can turn on and utilize spell check when using them. As an FYI, I just Google searched “use spell check in __________,” fill in the blank with the browser you prefer.

  1. Google Chrome
  2. Firefox
  3. Internet Explorer doesn’t have it built in! You have to download an add on called ieSpell and that doesn’t really work so well. Another reason why IE is not a preferred browser of mine.

I hope you will find a way to utilize this quick tip for both you and your students.

Access and Edit Network Files with iPad

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I know many of our staff and students have an iPad that is either personal or district provided. I wanted to inform you of how you can access and modify the files you have saved on your school network drive through your iPad.

This capability is really a function of our CV Cloud combined with specific productivity apps that you can purchase through the iTunes App Store. The terminology is called WebDav and if your interested in the geeky explanation click on the hyperlink.

To set it this up you need to have applications that allow you to connect to file storage areas using WebDav. The apps I use that have this ability are iWorks for iPad (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) and Office2HD.

The key to setting this up is knowing the WebDav server address of https://connect2.cvsd.k12.pa.us/webDrive. Be sure to include the /webDrive on the end exactly as you see here. It is case sensitive. Input your network username and password. Press Sign In.

Here are the specific directions for iWorks and for Office2HD.

I hope you all enjoy this new freedom and flexibility. Please comment to this post on your experience in using these features





Promethean, PowerPoint® and Import PDF’s

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1) Powerpoint Finally there is a way to combine the functionality and interactiveness of the Promethean board with the organization, familiarization and control of Microsoft Power Point®. In the past I have demonstrated to staff how you can “Annotate over Desktop” using ActivInspire software in combination with their PowerPoint® presentations. For simpler annotating, I suggested they use the ball point pen tool or highlighter in the pen options of PowerPoint, but now with the release of ActivOffice, teachers can have the best of both worlds. “This new software plug-in incorporates the collaborative features of Promethean’s ActivInspire into PowerPoint® slide shows to create interactive, engaging presentations.”

The plug in is free if you have or connect to Promethean hardware. You can download it here and  directions for installing the software are pretty easy.  Check out, “Installing Promethean ActivOffice” guided tutorial on how to install it.  I suggest using the 60 day trial first and if you like it. Contact your technician to get a serial # for full installation. Promethean also has a good tutorial on Using Promethean ActivOffice Presentation and Annotation Tools that will help you get started.

If you think this plug-in will be useful to you and your students and you are uncertain or uncomfortable about installing it contact your building technician. If you are uncertain of how or even if you will use it contact Mardy or myself.

2) Import PDF Now you can import a full sized PDF into a flipchart !  It can be a single page PDF or a multiple paged PDF document.  Previously I suggested taking a picture of a pdf and adding each part of the page into a flipchart but now with the File… IMPORT AS PDF feature you can truly harness the power of ActivInspire. Think of all the worksheet you do with your student that now you can scan, on our new copiers, an exact copy of the worksheet you are sharing with your class. Once you have Imported as PDF and saved it as a Flipchart you can annotate directly on the document and save those notes for the next day. You will need to adjust the size view in the top right corner of the flipchart but then you will be able to scroll up and down on the document without losing your notes. Very helpful and useful for all teachers with this software!


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