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Monday, February 27, 2017

Coming SOON: Edulastic Enterprise Version

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Many JCS Teachers are current users of Edulastic's free version.  Suggestions that the program be used for a formative and benchmark assessment solution resulted in a district-level pilot-subscription of the Enterprise version.  We wanted to share the following details with you:   Student and Teacher Accounts will be uploaded and rostered into classes automatically.  You do not need to create accounts or classes.    Access will be available through O365 on...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Prep Factory for ACT Prep

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Read Richard Byrne's article about the technology tool PrepFactory. This tool offers a personalized option for helping students prepare for the SAT and ACT with tools for easy teacher monitoring.  Read full article here. 

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Storing Your Files in OneDrive

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Learn more about storing your files in the JCBOE OneDrive for Business.  

What is OneDrive for Business?

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Do you feel as if you are still playing catch up regarding OneDrive?  This short video may help.  


Friday, February 03, 2017

Month's End Review: January 2017

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Want to stay up to with JCS news, events, and information?  Check out these resources:   PDC Information and Updates: Keep an eye on this blog for information and updates for JCS busy educators!  This page is updated as events, opportunities, and information for teachers become available. Professional Development Opportunities Webpage Check out this page for upcoming PD opportunities!  Get Social with Jefferson County Schools:  Alerts of news and blog...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Month's End Review: November/December

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January 18, 2017 Want to stay up to with JCS news, events, and information?  Check out these resources: PDC Information and Updates: Keep an eye on this blog for information and updates for JCS busy educators!  This page is updated as events, opportunities, and information for teachers become available. Professional Development Opportunities Webpage Check out this page for upcoming PD opportunities!  Get Social with Jefferson County Schools:  Alerts of news...

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January and February Professional Development Opportunities

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January and February Professional Development Opportunities are now available!  Be sure to check out the options for 1/2 Day sessions from 12:30 - 3:30 with substitutes provided for certified teachers.  After school session meet requirements for Self-Selected In-Service Hours and State Renewal Points!  Be sure to register quickly; with only 16 seats available, these sessions will fill up fast.  The nest session is scheduled for next Monday, so don't delay! If you know of PD...

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

2nd Quarter Grade Posting Window Open

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The grade portal posting window was opened on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8:00 am and will remain open through Friday, January 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  Support for posting and verifying grades are provided in the FAQ section of the Professional Development Center and Instructional Technology webpage.   Open lab support sessions are available on: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.  This date is Administrative Day #2 and intended for provide teachers with much needed...

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

1st Quarter Grade Posting Guidance and Information

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The end of the first quarter is quickly approaching!  The Grade Posting Portal will be open from October 7th until October 16th.  This provides a few days for verification and corrections to transcript in Aspen and to print grade cards.   It is essential that all teachers post grades correctly and by the deadline.  A step-by-step tutorial for 2016 Aspen Updates are coming soon.  Please DO NOT attempt to post until you review this tutorial.  The tutorial...

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Month's End Review: September

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Month’s End Review:  September Catch Up Quickly catch up on September news and information with the following links:   PDC Information and Updates Great Questions Result in New Resources October Professional Development Dates TETC… Registration Is Still Open! District-Wide Resource Notebook (ITPDC)     JCS District and School News Parent Survey: Safe and Supportive Schools JCRTA Grants Announced! Parent Survey:  2016—2017 Strategic Plan...

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TETC... Registration Is Still Open!

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While today is the last day to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate, registration for TETC will remain open through November 30th! TETC is a 3-day conference hosted by the Tennessee Educational Technology Association (TETA) for educators across the state.  The conference includes keynote addresses by national leaders in technology, spotlight sessions presented by educators and educational technology personnel, and a massive vendor exhibit hall with vendors sharing and demonstrating the...

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October Professional Development Dates

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October Professional Development Opportunities are now available!  Be sure to check out the options for 1/2 Day sessions from 12:30 - 3:30 with substitutes provided for certified teachers.  After school session meet requirements for Self-Selected In-Service Hours and State Renewal Points!  Be sure to register quickly; with only 16 seats available, these sessions will fill up fast.  The first session is scheduled for next Thursday, so don't delay! If you know of PD opportunities...

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Great Questions Result in New Resources!

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Following an email regarding interruptions to the JCS Website, this GREAT follow-up prompted a new resource: Request:  Can you send instructions on how to add these short cuts to the desk top? Response:  The page Bookmark Websites has been added to the Resources Section of the ITPDC District-Wide Info Notebook that provides answers and resources.  I also added two questions to the Technology FAQs on the district website.  One under General Internet and Web Usage and another...

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Friday, September 09, 2016

Month's End Review: August

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Stay up-to-date and in the know throughout the month by tuning into the following pages on the Jefferson County Schools Website: JCS District and School News: ·  Navigate to current district and school news articles by selecting NEWS from the Top Tab of the District Website. · Select the Archived Stories to catch up on articles that you missed. PDC Information and Updates: · Keep an eye on this blog for information and updates for JCS busy educators! ...

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September Professional Development Opportunities

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Your requests have been heard!  Several Professional Development Opportunities focusing on O365 have been posted for September.  Be sure to check out the options for 1/2 Day sessions from 12:30 - 3:30 with substitutes provided for certified teachers.  These session are open to office and administrative staff as well as instructional staff.  Be sure to register quickly; with only 16 seats available, these sessions will fill up fast.  The first session is scheduled for next...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Introducing Students to Odysseyware

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Odysseyware is a great tool for students... If they understand how to use it!  Invest a little time introducing resource and orienting the students to the layout and  functions to save instructional time in the future.  Odysseyware trainers suggest that teachers have a student log into their account at the presenter computer in the classroom or lab and provide a whole-group walk through of the product.  A guide that includes the key points has been added to the Resource section...

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Aspen Gradebook Updates

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Aspen has made changes to the gradebook.  These changes are based on teacher suggestions and are designed to make the program more user friendly.  Changes include: Easily toggle between scores and attendance screens. Quickly access student contact information. Color code your gradebook. Plus more than 20 new features! Find the update information and link to additional improvements in the Resources section of the ITPDC District-Wide Resources Notebook.   Click here to access...

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Friday, August 26, 2016

District-Wide Resource Notebook

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Check out the ITPDC District-Wide Info Notebook!  This resource is a collection of resources for Jefferson County Schools educators.  Sections of interest include: Resources:  A compilation of how-to guides; direct links to training and support resources for products provided by the district; account set-up steps; guides and notes from the JCS Technology Department, etc.  As this section grows, it may transition to a section group with many sections. PD Notes:  Unable...

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Tennessee Educational Technology Conference (TETC 2016)

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TETC is a 3-day conference hosted by the Tennessee Educational Technology Association (TETA) for educators across the state.  The conference includes keynote addresses by national leaders in technology, spotlight sessions presented by educators and educational technology personnel, and a massive vendor exhibit hall with vendors sharing and demonstrating the latest technology tools and resources for schools and classrooms.  TETC is ideal for educators that want to learn more about using...

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Visit the Professional Development Opportunities Page

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Get a jump on your 2016-2017 JCS Self-Selected-In Services Hours and Professional Development Points (PDPs) required for the new licensure guidelines by attending optional professional development opportunities provided by JCS.  A list of sessions provided by the ITPDC is available at jc-schools.net/PD.  Content area specialists, as well as school and district leaders, are invited to provide details about PD opportunities across the district. Do you have a great idea or a specific...

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