ACCESS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS - Google has made changes to the way it delivers www.youtube.com, which will affect Baltimore County Public Schools’ (BCPS) access to YouTube videos. BCPS’ Network Support Services has implemented YouTube’s Safe Mode for all users, which will minimize the possibility of students accessing questionable content. While the district operates in YouTube’s Safe Mode,some YouTube videos that were once available to teachers may be blocked. Since BCPS has no control over YouTube’s Safe Mode features, BCPS’ Web filtering cannot unblock YouTube videos on a case-by-case basis. Currently, BCPS is redeveloping a Web filtering design that will be in place by the third week of January 2015, which will provide safe content to our students while meeting the needs of our teachers and staff. Thank you for understanding as the Department of Information Technology works with BCPS’ content providers
Edmodo single sign-on has been delayed. They are having some trouble integrating with BCPS One. They do not want to rush this deployment since so many teachers and students use this resource. There is no new ETA on when this will be available.
Team BCPS Day
Team BCPS Day is Thursday, January 15, 2015. All members of Team BCPS (current, former and future students, teachers, staff, volunteers, partners, and supporters of the school system) are encouraged to wear blue – #BCPS blue – to show their pride in being part of the Team. Postphotos on Twitter or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team members are also encouraged to send in videos, tweets, photos, or letters telling us what Team BCPS means to them or how BCPS has impacted them. Start contributing now.
To gear up for Team BCPS Day, Team BCPS members are encouraged to take photos with the Team BCPS logo anywhere they are over the break, and send them to email@example.com.
New Digital Learning University Modules begin January 13. Click the button above to see the offerings (some here at Woodholme!) If you have questions about what something is or what would be useful, let me know.
The Office of Staff Relations and Employee Performance Management is offering a 3-credit MSDE course that will provide an in-depth look at the qualitative and quantitative measures in the BCPS teacher evaluation system. This course will be offered during the winter/spring of2015.Interested participants should register for this course by using the PDC Inservice Catalog-CPDCourses Catalog on the Online Registration System at https://www.bcps.org/apps/registration.The course is titled BCPS Teacher Evaluation (Understanding the New System). Registrationinstructions are available from the login screen.
Microsoft 365 for Employees
Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to participate in the Microsoft Office 365 Educational Program. The program will give all staff access to as many as five copies of the Microsoft Office 365 suite for personal (not BCPS-issued) computers, tablets, iPads, iPhones, and Android devices, all free of charge. The Microsoft Office365 suite contains all of the most widely used Office functions - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher software tools.The instructions for installing Microsoft Office 365 are attached. Support for the installation of Microsoft Office software on personal devices is available on the Microsoft Office 365 Web site.
What should I do to prepare for the break?
Turn OFF computer monitors. If the power switch for the monitor is lit green or orange, the monitor is still consuming electricity.
Leave computer itself on.
Turn OFF TV monitors, Promethean boards, and LCD projectors.
Turn OFF all lights.