December 2014

How do I incorporate P21?

This wiki pairs sites which can be used to help increase Communication and Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Creativity and InnovationInformation, Media, and Technology Skills. For each tool suggested, there is a description, tour, examples and tutorial.

Office 365

Office 365  includes online storage with OneDrive and the desktop version of the latest Office applications, which users can install across multiple computers and devices.  Office 365 is compatible with desktop versions of the latest version of Office, Office 2010, Office 2007 (with slightly limited functionality), Office 2011 for Mac, and Office 2008 for Mac.

Both students and teachers can access Office 365 at

OneDrive may be accessed at

Please be sure you have distributed student username/ password labels.

Updates from the Tech Office

1. Java! – This continues to be an issue but it really doesn’t have to be! Java is supposed to be kept up-to-date but sometimes updating Java “breaks” a website. When teachers or students see a message that Java needs to be updated, the dialog box that appears usually gives the user the chance to say “not now” or “later, or “cancel”. Choose "not now" or "later" and the site will usually run.  

2. Docking Station Project –  TSS indicated they are hopeful to complete this project by the end of March. There may be a plan outlined before Winter Break.


  • No one in BCPS will ever ask for user names or passwords in an email.
  • The network admins do not mail users about email upgrades.
  • Do NOT click links in emails from senders you don’t know.
  • Forward SPAM messages to then DELETE!
  • Run Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection full scan if problems arise (see email I sent on 11/18).
  • Are you looking to enhance your digital toolbox?
    Want to know more about digital databases?
    Interested in learning more about leveraging technology in a learner-centered classroom?

    Hours attended can accumulate to CDP credit.
    1 module = 3 hours → 15 hours = 1 CDP credit

  • MSET – Common Ground Conference 2015
  • April 30 – May 1, 2015 – Ocean City Convention Center
  • Proposals to present now open until Dec 30!
  • Any BCPS staff member that is accepted to present will receive funding for hotel and conference fees from ODL.
  • Modern Teacher resources should be integrated into BCPS One by 12/9/14 and accessible by all employees. No response to the Modern Teacher One email is necessary.

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