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Focus on Remote Learning, but Don’t Forget Server Updates

After months of planning, professional development and communicating with parents, teachers, and students, some schools have had to delay opening because of cyber-criminals. The list of school districts who are victim to ransomware and other malicious attacks is growing, and … Continue reading

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Know in Advance the Essential Zoom Features Unavailable to Students Using a Chromebook

Even after installing the Zoom extension and ensuring each device is running the most updated system ( 84.0.4147.136 as of this posting), there are features simply not available on a Chromebook. Many districts have chosen to subscribe to Zoom as the supported video … Continue reading

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Redundancy and the Value of An Articulated Plan B for Remote Learners

Across the country Monday, Zoom users–including courts, public schools, colleges, and businesses, were unable to connect to what has become a lifeline to their work. This is a wake up call to K-12 school districts, and planning for future disruptions … Continue reading

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Status of Smart Schools Bond Spending

The district has placed its first orders for technology approved in the NYS Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP). Included in this order are Dell Chromebook 11 Touch devices for our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students, and all teachers who … Continue reading

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Start of School Technology Support Summary

“Your team must be quite busy” is a phrase I hear often from teachers and staff during the first week or so of school.  I generally agree, adding that all district employees are busy at the start of the school … Continue reading

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Twitter App was Blocked; Now It is Not

This morning the Department of Technology and Innovation was informed that BHS students were not able to post to Twitter from mobile devices, despite the implementation of the Responsible Use Policy which allows it.  We determined the cause–which was that … Continue reading

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BHS English Department: Great Days Ahead!

This afternoon I was fortunate to meet with the Brewster High School English department, introduce myself, and have the opportunity to listen to some of their hopes for future digital learning opportunities. One of the things we spoke about was … Continue reading

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Emerging Technologies: Avoiding the Marketing Trap

Cross posted at  Developers of technology devices and services for students and teachers are becoming increasingly aggressive with their marketing to schools.  Many promise unique selling points which promise to make their product  more desirable than that of competitors, but some of … Continue reading

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The “Future Ready Pledge” and Emerging Technologies

Today the president will host an event at the White House with school district leaders and other educational leaders.  Though full details about today’s event have not yet been released, the message is clear; emerging technology is a key part … Continue reading

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CCSD Provides Students with Gmail

As part of the District’s ongoing efforts to increase the use of technology as a learning tool, the district is now providing e-mail for our students. Students will have access to school sponsored Gmail, and the address clearly identifies our … Continue reading

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