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Volume 20, Issue 22


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  • Tech Classes in February

  • Tech Showcase 2020 Teacher Spotlight

  • NPR Student Podcast Challenge

  • Distorted Desktop Info

  • New Titanium ActivPanel? Be Sure to Register It

  • QSM Grant Submissions Due February 9th

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Tech Classes in February

The CPSB Tech Training Center provides opportunities for teachers to learn about technology integration while earning Tech Points which can be traded in for classroom technology. Here's a list of courses available on the Tech Class Calendar during the month of February. Visit www.cpsb.org/techclasses to register and for more information.

  • Introduction to Personalized Learning in Office 365 (2-week, online-only) begins 2/3/20

  • Professional Resources are a Click Away (webinar) on 2/3/20 at 3:30P M-4:30 PM

  • Creating Self-Assessments with Studymate (webinar) on 2/10/20 at 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

  • Active Learning Tools (webinar) on 2/12/20 at 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

  • Collaborate That with Office 365 Tools (webinar) on 2/13/20 at 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

  • DigCit Awareness: Privacy & Security (webinar) on 2/18/20 at 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

  • Coding in the Classroom (2-week, online-only) begins 2/19/20

  • Learning Tools to Empower Your Students (webinar) on 2/20/20 at 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

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Tech Showcase 2020
Teacher Spotlight

This year, thirty teachers showcased the ways they integrate technology in the classroom to support teaching and learning during the Technology Department's Tech Showcase held on January 23rd, 2020. This week, we spotlight Monica Duplechin, 2nd Grade at Bell City High; Keesha Jennings, 7th Grade Science at S.J. Welsh Middle; and Katie Governale, 3rd Grade Social Living at Dolby Elementary.

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NPR Student Podcast Challenge

National Public Radio (NPR) invites students around the country to create a podcast and then—with the help of a teacher—compete for a chance to win NPR’s grand prize and have their work featured on national public radio. This contest is for teachers with students between grades 5 and 12.  Each podcast should be 3 to 12 minutes in length. New in 2020, entries may include original music—that is, music that students compose and record on their own. NPR’s panel of judges will be looking for work that stands out in two grade ranges—middle school (grades 5–8) and high school (grades 9–12).

Winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on NPR’s Morning Edition or All Things Considered. The NPR website provides a submission guide with suggested prompts—for example, “Explain something that young people understand and grownups don’t.” The site also includes guidelines for submissions and responses to questions that teachers or students may have. Additionally, NPR has put together resources to help both teachers and students along the way.   

Podcasts may be submitted beginning January 1, 2020, through the submission deadline of March 24, 2020. For more information, click here.

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Distorted Desktop Info

All CPSB computers have a program that runs in the background called BGInfo. This is the program that displays the computer information on your desktop. Sometimes, this program can glitch and leave the information doubled or distorted. Luckily, this is extremely easy to fix.

1. Right-click on your desktop and then click Personalize.
2. The most recent images that have been used for a desktop background will be displayed. Click one to select as background.
3. Restart the computer. When you log back in, the information on the desktop should be fixed.

If you need assistance, please contact Tech Help at 217-4357.

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New Titanium ActivPanel?
Be Sure to Register It

All.new Titanium ActivPanels need to be registered by submitting a Tech Help ticket for it to connect to CPSB Wi-Fi. In the Tech Help ticket, include your name, room number, the MAC address and serial number for the Titanium Panel and for the ActivConnect OPS.

To get the serial number and the MAC address for the Titanium ActivPanel, follow these steps:

1. Go to Locker. If the locker doesn't show up, swipe up from the bottom.
2. Go to Settings > Network and Internet > Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi Preferences > Advanced.
3. The MAC address can be found under Advanced.
4. The serial number for the ActivPanel is on a sticker located on the left side.

To get the MAC address for the ActivConnect OPS, follow these steps:
1. Go to Locker. If the locker doesn't show up, swipe up from the bottom.
2. Go to ActivConnect Settings and scroll down to About.
3. Write down the model number, then click on Status to find the MAC address.

If you need assistance, please contact Tech Help at 217-4357.

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QSM Grant Submissions
Due February 9, 2020

Looking for math and science materials for the classroom? The Quality Science and Math (QSM) grant program may be the solution to your problem. QSM was established for the purpose of providing non-consumable instructional materials and equipment to mathematics and science teachers. Grants of up to $1000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to Louisiana public school teachers to use in providing standards-based classroom instruction to help meet state accountability goals. Grant submissions are due by 11:59 PM CST, Sunday, February 9, 2020. Visit the QSM website for more information and to apply.

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