technology

Optional G-mail Upgrade

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Mar 102015
 

We are offering the opportunity for you to convert your Township Outlook email (username@perryschools.org) to Google Mail. We will be converting groups of 50 at a time. Please fill out this form to begin the process.

Being Ready for ISTEP Readiness

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Feb 122015
 

What does it take for Perry Township Technology to be ready for ISTEP readiness take 2?

  • We took the CTB/state provided MSI (installer) file and built it into a SCCM 2012 package.  That package then has to be pushed out to our 5,800 Windows 1:1 devices.  This is always a challenge as the machines utilize only wireless networking and are only available sporadically.  As of testing morning, the update has reached 5,143 of the machines.
  • We have 5 VMWare View pools that have to be rebuilt in order for testing to take place in our computer labs at Elementary/Middle Schools.  That process involves activating the original master images, uninstalling the previous ISTEP client, installing the new, and then rebuilding all of the pool machines.
  • The change in version has created unexpected issues with our 1,200 1:1 Chromebooks at the middle schools.  The application did not automatically update in our single app kiosk mode.  As an attempt at a solution we removed the previous version temporarily, and then added it all back.  We are hopeful that the majority of machines will be ready.  Unfortunately any machine that was not used during the removal time-period will likely still have the old version.

During the test today, we will be operating a Today’s Meet session to monitor progress in all of our buildings.  Thank you to all of our teachers, staff, and students for their patience and efforts during these sometimes difficult times.

Grading Timeline

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Nov 132014
 

November 14th – Q2 “Mid-term” date

 

November 14th – Technology Clears Printed Report Card Option for all families

November 17th – Schools begin publishing directions for setting printed report card request (reset yearly)

 

December 18th – End of 1st Semester

December 19th  @ 11:59pm – Elementary Grade Entry Closes

December 21st @ 11:59pm – 6-12 Grade Entry Closes

December 22nd – Technology Posts Online Report Cards

December 22nd – Technology Prints K Report Cards by Request of Building

December 22nd – Buildings may begin printing requested hard copies

January 6th – Hard copy report cards distributed

 

February 6th – Q3 “Mid-term” date

 

March 13th – End of 3rd Nine Weeks

March 16th @ 11:59pm – All Grade Entry Closes

March 17th  – Technology Posts Online Report Cards

March 17th  – Technology Prints K Report Cards by Request of Building

March 17th  – Buildings may begin printing requested hard copies

March 20th  – Hard copy report cards distributed

 

April 24th – Q4 “Mid-term” date

 

May 28th – End of Year

May 27th @ 11:59pm – Elementary grade entry closes

May 28th– Elementary Schools can print the report card

May 29th @ 9:00am – Technology Posts Online Report Cards for Elementary

May 29th @ 11:59pm – 6-12 grade entry closes

June 1st – Technology Posts Online Report Cards for 6-12

Important Password Information

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Oct 292014
 

Over the past several years we have merged passwords down to as few as possible.  Your main password gives you access to your computer, drives, Internet, gradebook, e-mail, and a great deal of confidential information in Skyward.

Recently staff passwords have become a target for students attempting to gain staff level access to the Internet (Youtube and Facebook amongst others).  In recent months we have had ten staff passwords compromised and in use by students.  In addition to being a concern for teachers Internet records this also creates the possibility that students could acquire and change a great deal of confidential information.

Beginning on October 31st, we will be implementing stricter password requirements on your computer account.  The system may ask you to change your password on or after that day and it will need to meet the following guidelines:

  • Minimum of 8 characters
  • Must contain one of at least 3 of the following (an example would be He11oworld):
    • English uppercase characters (A-Z)
    • English lowercase characters (a-z)
    • Base 10 digits (0-9)
    • Non-alphanumeric (For example:  !, $, #, or %)
  • In addition, passwords will expire approximately twice a year and you will be asked to create a new one.

Our goal is to streamline the password process to minimize disruptions while also maintain appropriate security.  In addition, starting today, your Google password will now also be in sync with any changes you make.

The unified password will be used for:

  • Computer
  • E-mail
  • Skyward
  • Google Accounts
  • My Big Campus
  • Pivot

Welcome Back

 1:1, Curriculum, Data, Network, Summer  Comments Off on Welcome Back
Jul 252014
 

Welcome Back Staff!!! Over the summer, your Technology Department has been busy working on many items. Here are a few highlights:

  • The latest data and classes have been loaded into Pivot. You can look at your new students right now!
  • Desktop machines were updated with current software, including Office 2013.
  • New or improved wireless access was added all around the District.
  • Skyward was upgraded, rolled, and readied for this school year with many great improvements.
  • A new caching system was installed that stores temporary copies of items like YouTube videos for classroom use.
  • All virtual desktop systems were updated and cleaned.
  • Servers throughout the District were checked out and readied.
  • Successmaker, Scholastic, and many other curriculum programs were brought to their newest versions.
  • 3,000 new Chromebooks were readied for a great school year.
  • Hapara Chromebook management system was brought online and integrated to Skyward for SHS.
  • New data integrations were created for McGraw-Hill and Pearson textbook software.

Internet Bandwidth Upgrade

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Oct 082013
 

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As we monitor our Internet bandwidth throughout the day, we are seeing regular trends of very high usage.

This is actually great news for us in all except one way.  Currently we have a 200MB connection to the Internet which we see filling up many times during the day.  When that connection reaches 90% usage, our system seeks to protect access to sites categorized as Educational.  This can at times create an unstable environment for other valuable resources.

Over Fall Intersession, AT&T is scheduled to upgrade our Internet connection to a brand new transport and increase our speed to 500MB.  This is exciting news and this project cannot be completed fast enough for all of us.

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Building Network Upgrades

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Oct 082013
 

We are very excited to be rolling out over 3,000 new 1:1 devices this school year.  In addition, the District is launching several major online curriculum platforms.

With all of that in place, we are planning for the future with a major network upgrade to all school buildings.  Over our Fall Break, all of our building connections will be upgraded to this connection riding on a major new backbone for AT&T on the southside.  Here at PTEC we are connected in on a 10G fiber, the first such connection in the District.

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All of our buildings will come in via this connection and be upgraded on their end.  When complete our Elementary buildings will be moved from a minimum 100MB connection to a 250MB connection.  Our Secondary buildings will be moved from a minimum 250MB connection to a 1GB connection.

 

MP01 Grading Timelines

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Sep 232013
 

Elementary: 

September 27thEnd of MP01 Grading Period.

September 30th @ Noon:  MP01 gradebook is frozen.  No additional changes can be made after this time without an override request to the building office.

October 1st:   Technology will begin printing Grades 1-5.

October 4thReport Cards Ready for Elementary Buildings to Pick Up.

October 7thPaper Report Cards Distributed to Families.

 

Secondary:

September 27thEnd of MP01 Grading Period.

September 30th @ 10PM:  MP01 gradebook is frozen.  No additional changes can be made after this time without an override request to the building office.

October 1stGrades 6-12 report cards can be printed by buildings.

October 7thPaper Report Cards Distributed to Families.