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Monday, August 31, 2015

15-16 Group Email List

Google Classroom- Discussion Questions, Reusing Announcements, & Bumping Posts

Google Classroom has released several new features: the ability to post discussion questions, reusing announcements and assignments from previous classes, and the ability to bump a post in the class stream page.

Discussion Questions:

Using the plus button in the bottom right corner, teachers can now create discussion questions for students to respond and comment.

Reusing Announcements and Assignments:

Also using the plus button, teachers now have the option to reuse a post. Simply select the class and previous assignment or announcement, then make any desired changes before adding it to the new class.

Bump Posts on the Stream:

Click on the three dots on any post in the stream and click "Move to top" to bump the post. This is very handy to focus students on current tasks or assignments.

More to come!

Google Classroom will be releasing integration tools for Calendar and Google Forms over the next month. Stay tuned for more details!

Friday, August 28, 2015

YouTube Approval Process

   Approval Process

In an effort to give you, the teacher, more access to educational videos found on YouTube that will support your curriculum, we have given you the ability to approve videos for use in the classroom with your students. But as Uncle Ben once said to Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.” When you encounter a video that you would like to use please ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does it violate copyright laws? (blatant infringement includes full movies or soundtracks posted to YouTube) [for further information, please see below]
  2. Does this video support my curriculum?
  3. Is the video short? (a best practice is 2-5 minutes)
  4. Have you previewed the video first?
  5. Will the video be used to deepen student understanding of current curriculum objectives?

When you are viewing a video (on our network), you may encounter one of two blue boxes underneath the video itself:
Once you, the teacher, approves a video for use in the Johnston County Schools educational Google domain, your name will be recorded next to the video that you approved. Please note that continued infringement of approving non-educational videos will result in your right to approve videos revoked.

Types of work subjected to copyright:
  • Audiovisual works, such as TV shows, movies, and online videos
  • Sound recordings and musical compositions
  • Written works, such as lectures, articles, books, and musical compositions
  • Visual works, such as paintings, posters, and advertisements
  • Video games and computer software
  • Dramatic works, such as plays and musicals
Ideas, facts, and processes are not subject to copyright. In order to be eligible for copyright protection, a work must be both creative and fixed in a tangible medium. Names and titles are not, by themselves, subject to copyright.

In addition, we encourage you to read more about YouTube’s copyright, fair use, and creative commons.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email jamielanier@johnston.k12.nc.us or davidhinrichs@johnston.k12.nc.us OR you may submit a JCS YouTube video review via this form.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SchoolNet Information

Did you know that Schoolnet has over 60,000 assessment items linked to the Common Core State and North Carolina Essential Standards that you can use to build quality assessments? These assessments can be completed online by students and automatically graded and imported into your PowerTeacher gradebook.

If you are looking for resources to get started with Schoolnet, please visit the JCS Schoolnet help website. The website has recently been updated with information for 2015-2016 including:
-New student login process and instructions
-RCD test instructions  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NCEdCloud Student Accounts

Student accounts for PowerSchool/Schoolnet are now managed by Rapid Identity which means that logins from last year and last year's method of accessing student logins may not work. According to DPI, students in grades 6-12 MUST claim their NCEdCloud account in order to access PowerSchool/Schoolnet.

We have prepared documentation for how 6-12 students can claim their accounts as well as how K-5 teachers can access their students account information.

Please contact Megan Cox for password resets.

Filter Voicemail Emails

Monday, August 24, 2015

15-16 CHHS Directory

2015-2016 CHHS Staff  Directory has been a work in progress, but HERE is the latest. Please email me at megancox@johnston.k12.nc.us if your extension is wrong. Thank you! 

Voicemail Emails

You may begin to see in your emails a "Voicemail". This is directly linked to your voicemail extension on your phone. Please click on Voicemail Emails  to learn more.  

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Social Media Guidelines

Please familiarize yourself with the Social Media Guidelines. 

Six Keypoints:

  1. Remember that social media in the classroom is an extension of your physical classroom. What is inappropriate in your classroom is also deemed inappropriate online.
  2. Teachers who use social networking to interact with students and/or parents in an educational manner or as a communication tool must find ways to interact without giving students and parents access to their personal information and posts. Many social network sites allow you to create “groups” or “pages” where you can interact with students without giving them access to your personal account. Please see detailed Facebook guidelines for more information. 
  3. When contributing online do not post confidential student information. Do not post pictures of any students on your personal sites. 
  4. Use a JCS provided e-mail as your e-mail contact for official or school-related pages. Do not use your JCS provided e-mail as a username or e-mail contact for personal pages. 
  5. It is inappropriate to use e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging or social networking sites to discuss with a student a matter that does not pertain to school-related activities. Appropriate discussions would include the student’s homework, class activity, school sport or club or other school-sponsored activity. Electronic communications with students are to be sent simultaneously to multiple recipients, not to just one student, except where the communication is clearly school related and inappropriate for persons other than the individual student to receive (for example, emailing a message about a student’s grades). All communication methods with students must be district/principal approved.
  6. Engaging in personal social-networking friendships on MySpace, Facebook or other social networking sites is prohibited with students, and strongly discouraged with parents or guardians of students. The District recognizes that because of the tight-knit community of JCS, many staff members may have students or parents of students that are family members or close personal friends. However, the District cautions staff members against engaging in such social-networking friendships with these individuals. Use your official, school- or work-related page(s) instead.

Please think about using your teacher webpage blog, Google Classroom, or REMIND 101 FOR STUDENT AND PARENT COMMUNICATION. 

iBOSS Filtering System

 iBoss filtering which has been turned on, this will be our new filter.  If you have websites showing as blocked that you would like have unblocked you will see this option - simply "Request Exception" and enter your email and a small description of how you use the site for it to be reviewed.

You will also see one time authentication page that looks like this.  You will simply click "Accept" and continue.  This will show for all users one time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Webpage Profile

Please take 3 minutes to do this today. I have included directions for you as follows:
Login to SharpSchool using your computer username and password> Click on your name at the top of the page to update your SharpSchool Profile> Edit User > User Profile > Update User > User Profile Photo
Make sure to add a professional profile photo and information. Keep it professional - years of experience, degree information, professional goals, accomplishments. Remember this is your first impression to the community you serve!
Sharp School Photo Choices are (in this order):
1. Professional looking photo (no avatars or icons)
2. or, click to download School Logo to upload 

Need a refresher? 

Email Signature

To add an email signature, please watch this short tutorial.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Cart Reservations

I just wanted to share some information regarding our technology devices within our school. Tech carts that can be reservation are housed in the media center. The procedure for checking out technology devices is as follows or you may watch this tutorial video http://goo.gl/iUTy6l:

1.       Login to your Sharp School account (computer username and password) by visiting our school webpage www.johnston.k12.nc.us/chhs.

2.       You will find “ RESOURCE RESERVATION” at the very top of the screen.

3.       Choose “Browse Rooms” Rooms aka Carts

4.       Remember, our technology devices are to be used only for instructional use as outlined in your lesson plan. Also, tech devices should not be in substitute plans unless prior approval from administration or Megan Cox.

5.       Students are NOT allowed to check out our technology devices. It is the teacher’s responsibility to monitor students using technology devices. Please make sure students are using the devices with TLC. Please report any misuse ASAP.

6.       Make sure you pick up the cart between 6:50- 7:10 from the media center (you may send a student).

7.       Return the cart promptly after use to the media center (you may send a student with the cart).

8.      Procedures are for cart use are as follows:

□          1. Assign the device to a student using your classroom roster? (Ex.:, Adam, Jeffery receives device #1 because he is the first student on your roster.)
□          2. Monitor students using devices by walking around the room? (Ex.: Students are only on websites directly related to the curriculum as outlined in your lesson plans.)
□          3. Place the device in its assigned slot on the charger the correctly?
□          4. Return to the media center promptly after use?
□          5. Report any misuse or issues ASAP (Ex.: Remind students to hold the devices by the base NOT the screen, no writing on the screen, no popping off keys, etc.)

Thank you for your help, and please let me know how I can help you!

Megan Cox
Instructional Technology Facilitator

IT Request Guide

Quick Step Guide for IT Requesters

  • Open your Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc), type in www.myschoolbuilding.com in the address bar, and press Enter or click on Go.

    • Refer below if you are a first time user or if asked to enter an Organization Account Number.

  • If prompted, enter the Organization Account number (252107268) and click Submit Organization.

You may also copy this link and paste it into the web address bar of your browser:

  • Log into the system by entering your full email address:

  • If this is your first time submitting a request, you will be prompted to enter your Last Name and then First Name before being logged in.

  • Make sure you are on the “IT Request” tab.  If not, simply click on this tab to access the IT request form.

  • Fill out each step of the request form.  Any field marked with a red check box is required.  Other fields are optional.

Step 1: This will be filled in with your information from the email address you entered at the sign in screen.

Step 2: Make sure you are on the IT Request Tab. Click on the drop down arrow and highlight a Location that you want the work to be done at and click the mouse. Follow the same steps for Building and Area (*if selections are available). Also be sure to type in your Area description or Room #.

Step 3: Select the “Problem Type” that best describes your request/issue.

Step 4: Type in your description of the problem.

  • Depending on how the account was setup, the remaining steps may vary.  Fill then out to the best of your ability making sure you at least fill in the required fields indicated with a red check box.

  • Type in the submittal password of: password

  • Click submit

  • After you click submit, the screen will refresh and go to the My Request Tab.  You can access the “My Requests” section at anytime by entering this site with your email address.  On this screen you will see up to date information on your requests including the status, work order number and action taken notes. You can click on the number next the to status description to see all request marked with that status. You can search for any work order request by typing in a key word in the Search box and clicking on GO. This will pull up any of your requests with that word in it.

  • Click on the IT Request Tab to input a new request if desired.

Google Chrome Update

A Google Chrome update went out today, but you may have encountered an issue. If you can still access Chrome on your desktop or laptop (Chromebooks ARE NOT affected), no further action is necessary. If Chrome is not on your machine, you will see this error message when attempting to open Chrome:
Please click “No” and SHUT DOWN (fully power down)  your computer. A RESTART will NOT resolve the issue-you must SHUT DOWN.  Afterwards, you may POWER ON your device and log in to ensure that Chrome was installed by launching it.
If you still receive the error message, please submit an IT DIRECT ticket under IT Direct (note the #252107268; make sure you are on the IT tab at the top; submittal password is password).

Please note, you may have the Chrome icon in your TASKBAR. Once you have verified Chrome has installed successfully in your Start Menu (found in the lower left corner of your screen) > ALL PROGRAMS > Google Chrome > Google Chrome browser. Once Google Chrome opens, complete the action below to repin your icon to the TASKBAR:

NCEDCloud IAM Account

As of July 6th, 2015 you will need to use a new NCEdCloud IAM account to access PowerSchool and the Home Base suite.

Login OR Claim your account if you have not already done so by going to the JCOC page or NCEDCloud IAMhttps://my.ncedcloud.org

****Your Staff UID/username is your 10 digit number that you used for Homebase/PowerSchool.**** 
LEA code: 510

The NCEdCloud IAM account is a single-sign on service that is mandated by DPI. The process to claim your account is simple and takes just a few minutes. Your new account is based on your current PowerSchool UserID number. All staff must claim their accounts prior to July 6th, 2015 or they will be unable to access PowerSchool or the Home Base suite until they claim their account.

One benefit to this process is that teachers will have access to their student's usernames and passwords to aid in access to PowerSchool.

Here is the three-minute instructional video (click here for the direct link).

Information Flyer (click here for the direct link).

PowerTeacher Gradebook Tutorial
CloudIAM has been implemented statewide this summer.  An Instructional Technology Facilitator in Union County put together this short video clip on how to access PowerTeacher Gradebook and the Student PowerSchool login using NCEdCloud.   

Click the link above