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Volume 20, Issue 24

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  • Digital Learning Day is February 27th

  • Tech Showcase 2020 Teacher Spotlight

  • Microsoft's Hacking STEM

  • Setting Up a New CPSB Computer

  • Resetting Chrome Browser

  • Engage Students in Blackboard

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Digital Learning Day is February 27th

Digital Learning Day started in 2012 as a way to spread innovative practices and ensure all students have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern-day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools. This year, Digital Learning Day is Thursday, February 27, 2020. Join the CPSB Technology Department in a Twitter chat to discuss what teachers around our parish are doing on a daily basis to promote digital learning in their classrooms. You can find our Twitter chat @CPSB_TTC.

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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 Laura Granger, Kindergarten, at Bell City High; Shelly McDonald, 8th Grade Science at S.J. Welsh Middle; and Michele McGee, P.E. at Dolby Elementary.

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Microsoft's Hacking STEM

Microsoft's Hacking STEM program helps teachers modernize their current STEM curriculum through inquiry and project-based lesson plans to develop future-ready skills in the classroom. This program enables students to build affordable scientific instruments that visualize real-time data across space, earth, life, and physical science curriculum. These projects encourage computational and design thinking while integrating phenomenon-based learning experiences to solve real-world problems. Learn more at the Microsoft Hacking STEM Library.

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Setting Up a New CPSB Computer

When you receive a new CPSB computer (desktop or laptop), follow these procedures to get it set up:
1. Connect the power adapter, but DO NOT TURN IT ON YET.
2. Before powering it on, make sure an active internet/ethernet (usually blue) is connected to the computer.
3. Power on the computer.
4. On the login screen, click the Other User button found in  the lower-left side of the screen.
5. Sign in with your CPSB username and password.
Once connected, complete a Tech Help ticket so we can complete the registration of your new computer. If you have any questions or require assistance, contact Tech Support at 217-4357.

Resetting the Chrome Browser

If you are having trouble with the Chrome browser, some issues can be resolved with a simple reset. Follow these steps to reset Chrome:
1. In Chrome, click the three vertical dots found in the top right corner of the window.
2. Select Settings.
3. Scroll to the bottom and select Advanced.
4. Scroll to the bottom and select Restore settings to their original defaults.
5. Click Reset.
If this doesn't resolve your issue, you can complete a Tech Help ticket for further assistance.

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Engage Students in Blackboard

Interested in having students interact through discussion boards, take self-graded assessments, and turn in assignments online? If you have a Blackboard site, sign up to take Blackboard 201 on Thursday, March 5th. This online webinar workshop combined with a 3-week online class will guide participants through the enhancement of their current Blackboard website to enroll and engage students. Participants will learn how to utilize the many tools of Blackboard to create a rich, engaging online environment for students extending instruction beyond the classroom. This class is worth 8 Tech Points. Register today at the CPSB Tech Class website.

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