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End-of-Year Technology Instructions |
Click on End-of-Year Technology Instructions to find out information regarding what to do with your equipment over the summer as well as what to do if you are switching rooms or leaving the district.
SUMMER CONTACT: With summer work underway, we are not always in the office. The best way to receive help is to submit a work order. If you have an urgent situation, please call or text Susan's cell phone (listed in the extension list or on all of her email signatures) and TEXT HER or LEAVE A MESSAGE if she doesn't answer. She will get back to you shortly.
Promethean A-Con G Panel Updates|
Over the break the technicians went around and updated all of the A-Con G boxes on all of the Promethean displays. When you tap on the HOME button you are going to see some new options.
Here is some information about the new features:
Back button: The Back button allows you to navigate back to the previous screen.
Home: The Home button allows you to quickly return to the home screen.
Whiteboard: Turn your classroom display into a blank interactive canvas. Use the annotation tools to write or draw, insert images, and more.
Screen Capture: Instantly capture screenshots of anything displayed on your screen. Annotate directly onto the screenshot using the Promethean Whiteboard App and save if you wish.
Annotate App: Annotate over anything displayed on your screen quickly and easily.
Timer App: Launch up to four clocks, timers, or stopwatches simultaneously for classroom management.
Spinner App: Randomize elements of your classroom with ease. Choose from six default lists or create your own.
Here is a GETTING STARTED guide with more detailed information about each of the features.
Also, here is to some SHORT VIDEOS on each of the features. They are under the heading - Featured Apps on the ActivConnect G and OPS-G.
We appreciate the following staff members who are serving as Tech Mentors for their campuses. They are available to help you utilize technology in the classroom.
Improving Communication for Nurses and Parents|
Safford Unified School District is excited to announce all schools are participating in CareDox.com, a new communication tool for our parents and nurses. With this new tool, nurses can notify parents when their children visit the nurse’s office, and parents can provide the nurse with accurate student medical information. All information is stored securely and is HIPAA and FERPA compliant.
To start this process, WE NEED YOUR HELP! You received an email directly from CareDox.com with a personalized link to complete your child’s record. Please make time to complete the request. If you did not receive an email link, you can log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal and click on the CareDox link in the left-side menu. Or, you can also go to CareDox.com and select “Log In” then “Haven’t Signed Up? Register Here.” If you don’t have computer access, you can sign up by visiting your child’s school office.
The benefits of CareDox.com include:
--Streamlined medical information sharing between parent and nurse.
--Real-time notifications when your child visits the nurse's office.
--Accurate and portable vital information for daily and emergency use.
--Fill out your child's health profile ONCE, and update any changes each year, ensuring it is always up-to-date.
--Notifications when your child’s medicines dispensed at school are low and need refills.
--Peace of mind the school is fully aware of all of your child’s medical conditions.
Safford Unified School District's top priority is student safety and CareDox.com helps us ensure an efficient, streamlined means for coordinating the care of your child.
Opening Filtered YouTube Videos for Students|
We know keeping kids safe from inappropriate YouTube videos is always challenged with giving students enough access to educational YouTube videos.
Well, we finally have GREAT NEWS! Log into the website and under Technology Downloads YouTube, there is a link to a short slideshow which will demonstrate how YOU CAN EASILY APPROVE YouTube videos for students to view. This puts the power in the hands of the teachers and hopefully will open more doors for you to use YouTube appropriately with your students to enhance learning.
|Lunch Balance Notification Changes|
This year we changed our lunch program from PowerLunch to MealTime to track lunch accounts. Both programs are tied to your PowerSchool Parent Portal, but many of you may be receiving zero lunch balance warnings from the old PowerLunch system which do not accurately reflect your new lunch balance in MealTime. You will need adjust these notifications by logging into your PowerSchool parent portal account.
Go to PowerSchool Parent Portal and log into your parent portal. Click on EMAIL NOTIFICATION and uncheck the box next to Balance Alert.
You can apply this to ALL of your students at once by clicking the box next to APPLY THESE SETTINGS TO ALL OF YOUR STUDENTS. Click SUBMIT to apply the changes.
To sign up to receive balance notifications in MealTime, our new system, from the PowerSchool parent portal, you can click on the MealTime link on the left side menu. Click on the link provided or click here Go to www.mymealtime.com and either create a new profile or sign into your MealTime account. Once you are logged into MealTime Online, click on the Meal Account Deposits link. Click on PROFILE on the top of the screen and set up your email information to start receiving low balance notifications.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your school’s office.
FREE, Online LIVE Tutoring Help!|
FREE, online LIVE tutoring chat for students and parent is available, thanks to the Graham County School Superintendent's office and the Safford Public Library. This is an AMAZING resource for our students and our parents. Not only does it connect you with a LIVE tutor (sometimes there is about a 5 minute wait time to be connected), but it also features some great instructional materials, worksheets and actual quizzes so students can practice skills and get immediate feedback. For example, 9th grade English resource provides comma help with great information to read and then interactive practice sentences. At the end, it provides a quiz to test your knowledge.
Connecting with a LIVE tutor provides excellent ideas via chat as well as step-by-step solutions and explanations. You can even upload your paper for proofreading! Wow! The LIVE chat takes you to a chalkboard-type environment where you and the tutor can draw or write, so helping with math problems is a synch.
Our county school office and Safford library is paying for this service for our students. Help is provided for K-12th grades, college introduction level, and adult learners. Students at every level can get help with homework, studying, projects, essay writing, and test prep in core subjects, including algebra, statistics, chemistry, physics, social studies, and English. Students can search by keyword and subject for worksheets, lessons, videos, and can find resources for specific subjects, standardized tests, and college entrance exams.
Tutor.com has thousands of carefully screened tutors, all of whom are certified teachers, college professors, graduate students, select undergraduates from accredited universities and other professionals. Tutor and student work one-to-one in a secure online classroom.
Please try using this valuable tool. There is an icon to the service on the Technology website under Favorite Links / Homework Help. The password to use the resource is our zip code. Log into the site and scroll to the very bottom of the page and watch the short video demonstration. This really is a very useful resource for helping students be successful and a cool tool for all learners!
Public Portals for Accessing Student Grade Information!|
PowerSchool Public Portals allow 4th through 12th grade students and parents to access student information regarding grades, attendance, and lunch account balance. Users may log in through the Internet, or parents may sign up to receive automated E-mail notifications regularly.
Students and parents will have SEPARATE ACCOUNTS and will need to contact the school office to request Access ID’s and passwords for EACH ACCOUNT. Once created, accounts continue to work each year with no additional verification needed.
Parents CREATE their own PARENT ACCOUNT where they can view and manage information for ALL of their SUSD students in one place! Parents must first CREATE AN ACCOUNT. Once they receive an Access ID and Password from the school office(s), they will be able to connect each student to their account using that Access ID. More than one Parent Account may also be set up to accommodate multiple guardians.
SETTING UP / ACCESSING ACCOUNTS
STUDENT Accounts and PARENT Accounts require DIFFERENT Access ID’s and Passwords. Both are available through the school offices.
Once account have been created, PARENTS and STUDENTS can reset their own passwords or retrieve log in information on their own by going to the Parent/Student Access Link on the webpage and clicking on “Having Trouble Logging In?”
If you need assistance, you can contact your school’s office to have a letter printed with your students Access ID and password, or for help with accessing an account.
A Guide to Using the Parent Portal, can be found at www.saffordusd.k12.az.us under
TECHNOLOGY /DOWNLOADS / POWERSCHOOL / PARENT PORTAL USER GUIDE
*****Grades in the portal reflect assignments currently recorded in teachers' grade books. Please allow adequate time for teachers to score and record assignments.
PowerSchool Mobile Apps for Parents and Students Now Available!|
Mobile District Code XWQG
PowerSchool is now portable! Two new apps are now available in the Apple iTunes® App Store: PowerSchool for Parents and PowerSchool for Students.
These new apps will allow parents and students to access all the same information they would normally access from a browser, but with the ease and convenience of an app installed on their Apple mobile device.
Facebook and Twitter integration, automatic login, a family overview, simplified "one-thumb" browsing, and other features make accessing PowerSchool on the go faster and easier than ever before.
The apps are FREE and available for download from the iTunes store. Version 1.0 of the apps will be supported on any Apple iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad running iOS version 4.0 or higher.
Click here to download the PowerSchool Parent app. Click here to download the PowerSchool Student app.
After downloading the app you will can either search for our district by district name or school name or you can enter the four-character district code below.
Mobile District Code - XWQG
After the app recognizes the district information, you will enter your username and password to authenticate with PowerSchool.
Poll Everywhere - Who Needs Clickers!!!|
Real time assessment is a vital component in teaching. Poll Everywhere (www.polleverywhere.com) is a service that allows groups of individuals to vote within user-generated polls using a mobile phone’s text messaging capability** or a simple web form.
To learn more about this service, click on the link below to access a handout from NovemberLearning.
You might also watch the video that is available on TeacherTube and YouTube for a brief introduction to Poll Everywhere.
Click here to be redirected to the link mentioned above.