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Scott Nason - Director of Technology

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Internet Safety in MSAD6 K-5

MSAD6 Internet Safety Lessons have been updated and now include lessons for kindergarten and first grade. Read below to find out what students will be learning in Kindergarten through 5th grade in our school district.

Going Places Safely

In kindergarten students will discover that the internet can be used to visit faraway places, compare how staying safe online is similar to staying safe in the real world, and learn guidelines for traveling safely on the internet. This lesson is provided to us free of charge from Common Sense Media. There is a nice short video that students will watch and discuss, My Online Neighborhood. After the video and discussion the class will participate in an online field trip and the students will create a drawing of their favorite online place.

Staying Safe Online

In first grade students will discuss how staying safe on a website is similar to staying safe in real life. They will learn to recognize websites that are good for them and that they should ask a trusted adult before visiting sites that might not be just right for them. There are a few different tasks that accompany the first grade lesson. Some students may make a ChatterPix to talk about what they do online and then discuss if the sites are safe or not. Others may complete a traffic light worksheet and play the Website Traffic Light game. Good videos to accompany this lesson are Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumba or CEOP KS1 Lee and Kim Cartoon

BrainPop Jr. Internet Safety

In second grade students learn about how to keep themselves and their computers safe while using the internet. Students watch the BrainPop Jr. Video as a class. After watching BrainPop we have a discussion about internet safety and take the on-line quiz. Once we have finished the quiz students create an internet safety digital book or digital drawing. For this project we have used a variety of apps, and sites. Some of my favorites: Tar Heel Reader, Book Creator, and StoryKit.

Student Examples: StoryKit Book and another StoryKit Example

Creating Internet Safety Skits/Videos

Third graders are not usually very shy in front of the camera so it is a great grade level to take advantage of their eagerness to be a star. In third grade we have students watch a couple videos of previous MSAD6 third graders performing internet safety skits, talk about internet safety, discuss what they could do to teach others about internet safety, break up into small groups to write/practice skits, and then record their skits. I post their work on my website and send the videos to our district's television station. Students are so excited to know that they are going to be famous on BETV.

Student Example:

The Digital Citizenship Pledge

In Fourth grade we discuss appropriate online behavior plus how to participate respectfully and responsibly in an online community. Using an iPad app like ChatterPix or Tellagami students create online pledges to share with their classmates. Student example below.

Think Before You Post

Fifth Grade students also are not usually camera shy and are quite creative with iMovie. Honestly, this is my favorite lesson because the students come up with really good ideas and capture the message to help the technology coaches teach this lesson to the following year's fifth grade students. We focus on three messages. 1. Think before you post personal information. 2. Think before you post pictures of yourself or someone else. 3. Think before you post hateful words. Below you will find an example of all three types of Think Before You Post trailers, created by former and current BE 5th graders.




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

MSAD 6 Board Seeks Input on the New Superintendent of Schools

The MSAD 6 Board of Directors’ Superintendent Search Committee would like your help in developing a profile for the next superintendent of schools. They would like to gain input from all stakeholders (Board members, employees, students, parents, community residents, business owners, and municipal officers) to ensure that the next superintendent acts ethically and professionally in personal conduct, relationships with others, decision-making, stewardship of District resources, and all aspects of District leadership.

Please find a link to a survey that the Search Committee is in hopes you will take the time to complete. If you are unable to access the survey electronically but you would still like to share information, there are several ways you can access the survey:

1. Request a copy of the survey by calling our District Central Office at 207-929-2331.

2. Visit your Town Municipal Offices.

3. Visit your Town Library.

Recognizing that this is a busy and stressful time, we appreciate your taking a few minutes to give the Committee your input.  Surveys may be returned to: Superintendent Search Committee, MSAD 6, 94 Main Street, Buxton, ME 04093. Any questions or comments about the survey should be directed to Board Chairperson Lester Harmon at lharmon@bonnyeagle.org.

Thank you.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Custom Templates in G Suite

Tonya tech tips

On November 16, 2016 G Suite rolled out custom templates that can be used in Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms.

Once you create a template you can submit it to the gallery for others in the district to use (once approved).

To Submit a template follow the directions below:

1.  From the Apps button click on Docs, Sheets, Slides for Forms to bring up the home screen.

2.  Click on Template Gallery at the top right above the thumbnails.

3.  Click on Submit template - Select Document

4.  Click on the file you wish to submit and click Select

5.  Choose a category - Submit

6.  Once approved the template will be available for use by anyone in the district.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

MSAD 6 Website has a new look - tips on navigating it

In November the MSAD 6 district and school sites received a make-over.  The new sites offers links to our social media sites (found on the FOLLOW US! tab), District News, School News, Calendar showing both district events and individual school events, global icons to quickly get to MySchoolBucks, Tech Help, Parent/Student IC Portal, Online Registration and Parchment (for ordering transcripts), and much more.  

Here are some tips on navigating both the desktop version and the mobile version of the new site.

Desktop version:

At the top right of each page are "Global icons" to help you quickly access different programs.   Access the Infinite Campus Portal for Parents and Students
Access Online Registration to enroll students 

Access Tech Help to submit a ticket

Access your child's lunch account at MYSCHOOLBUCKS

Access Parchment (found on the high school site) to order high school transcripts

Mobile Version:

The global icons found on the desktop can be found by clicking on the + next to Global Icons

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Maintaining Classroom A/V Technology

It is our goal to provide top notch customer service to you. We consider your classroom technology to be integral in providing instruction to your students. Our team of technicians will respond promptly when notified of any issue. We pride ourselves on keeping your devices running in good order and we couldn’t do it without your help. A friendly reminder that our team supports thousands of devices installed at fourteen locations, including nine schools with hundreds of classrooms spread over five communities.

Here are some tips to help you keep your classroom technology devices performing as expected. This document pertains to projectors, document cameras and sound systems.

Here’s a To Do list:

  • Submit a ticket if you see a clean filter message or see flashing lights on your projector. A technician will visit your classroom promptly to clean the device and keep it running.
  • Submit a ticket as soon as you see a lamp message or see flashing lights on your projector. A technician will get a replacement lamp for you. This is especially helpful if we do not have that particular model in stock - it gives us some time to get the right lamp in our inventory to limit potential down time.
  • Keep the vents on your sound amp clear of obstructions to prevent overheating.
  • Turn off your document camera and projector daily to increase their lifespan.
  • Restart you laptop and iPad daily to improve overall performance - this is especially helpful with Apple TV connections and using interactive devices.

Here’s a Not To Do list:

  • Do not ignore messages on your projector with regard to filter and lamp as this can and will lead to damage and downtime while your device is repaired or replaced.
  • Do not place objects on top of your sound amp blocking air flow - this could cause the amp to overheat and fail. It is also a potential fire hazard.
  • Do not keep your projector or document camera on all the time. Keeping the devices on all the time reduces their lifespan. Get in the habit of turning them off daily and when not in use.
  • Do not be afraid to submit a tech help ticket if you have questions about using your classroom technology. We are here to help you. We can’t help you if we don’t know you’re having an issue.

Also feel free to reach out to your tech coaches for instruction and assistance using your classroom technology. Again, you can submit a tech help ticket at any time.