September 2013

Making our way to cloud-based storage

by Chris Smith on September 12, 2013

cloudsecThe field of technology is rapidly changing. One of the areas we will focus on this year is cloud-based file storage. Cloud-based file storage means that files no longer need to be stored/backed-up on the district’s local servers, but can be stored “in the cloud” for easy access on any internet-connected device.

Benefits of cloud-based storage include:

  • freed up storage space on the local hard drive
  • large amount of available storage space (30 GB with Google Apps  for Education – our Falcon Apps)
  • options for sharing and collaboration
  • security
  • financial savings on hardware upgrades and maintenance
  • availability of files from any internet-connected device

Salisbury has been using Google Apps for Education under our brand, Falcon Apps, located at SalisburySD.org, for over 5 years. All of our users (students, teachers and staff) are provided with 30 GB of cloud storage space that includes email (including attachments), Google Docs files and just about any other file type you can think of through Google Drive. Google is leading in cloud-based file storage in education!

Because of the benefits outlined above, especially the large amount of storage space provided by Google, and how Falcon Apps has become embedded in the computing culture of Salisbury, we are asking all students and teachers to start storing and backing up their local files using Google Drive.

The four videos below will not only provide a refresher on the various capabilities of Falcon Apps but explain the steps in storing (and sharing) files using Google Drive. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your building computer technician. I can also be contacted at csmith@salisburysd.org.

Tutorial #1:  This video covers the basic functionality of Google Drive and how to upload/backup multiple types of files to Google Drive.

Tutorial #2: A tutorial on how to compose Google Docs in Google Drive using the 2013 interface.

Tutorial #3: A tutorial on sharing Google Docs and other files and folders using the 2013 Google Drive interface.

Tutorial #4: A tutorial with tips on organizing documents and files in Google Docs using the 2013 Google Drive interface.

 

 

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Summer Learning in Salisbury Township School District

by Lynn Fuini-Hetten on September 11, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 3.27.30 PMIn the Spring of 2013, all district employees had the opportunity to complete a professional development needs survey.  Teachers, administrators, instructional assistants, custodians, psychologists/counselors, nurses/nurses’ assistants, and secretaries/office support personnel completed the survey and identified professional development needs.  The data from  from the survey was analyzed prior to planning the Summer Academy.

During this year’s Summer Academy, there were 37 sessions offered for STSD staff members.  Most sessions were facilitated by Salisbury Township School District staff members. We offered 37 sessions related to technology/instructional technology, content-specific topics relevant to district’s goals, special education, health/wellness, and specialized certifications such as CPI and CPR/First Aid.  The sessions were developed as a result of a district-wide professional development needs assessment.  Thirty-eight percent of the sessions related to technology and instructional technology such as GarageBand, iMovie, Flipped Classroom, Edmodo, Falcon Apps, and infographics. Additionally, 32% of the offerings were content-specific sessions such as: Leader in Me, a book study of Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Common Core ELA/Math, and Having Difficult Conversations. Summer Academy had 274 registrations including 204 professional staff members,  65 instructional assistants, and 9 secretaries/support staff members.

Thank you to all of our presenters for sharing their knowledge, skills, and experiences with all of us!  If you have suggestions for next year’s Summer Academy, please contact Lynn Fuini-Hetten.

 

 

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