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  • Grammarly extension available The Grammarly Chrome extension can be installed on any district Chromebook to assist with spelling, punctuation, and grammar.Grammarly Chrome Extension manualThe extension is NOT force-installed on devices ...
    Posted May 24, 2019, 7:45 AM by Granger Meador
  • Differentiated filtering being implemented The strictness of the Relay filter for take-home Chromebooks will vary by school.High SchoolThe filter is most restrictive on Mondays-Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to ...
    Posted May 24, 2019, 7:45 AM by Granger Meador
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PowerSchool
PowerSchool

Students and parents can access online gradebooks, attendance records, and more using the online PowerSchool service.
The PowerSchool portal is de-activated each summer and re-opens in mid-August.

G Suite
G Suite for Education

The district is using Google's G Suite for Education. This provides a variety of collaborative tools, including age-appropriate access to student email accounts and shared document creation and submittal.

Canvas
Canvas 

The Canvas Learning Management System is available across grades 6-12. Participating classes will have some digital assignments and related curricula for students to access while at school or home. Students can use Canvas to see some assignments and class announcements, download files, take quizzes, access links to other sites, view embedded videos, or engage in secure class discussions while online. 

While Canvas should work in any web browser, Google Chrome is recommended. Parents and guardians can sign up to be "Observers" of their children's Canvas accounts.

Online Services Status


Microsoft Office 365

Students can use their district email addresses and network password to access Office 365 to use online versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. They can even login and use the Install Office button at the top right of Office 365 to install the regular versions of those applications on up to 5 computers...for FREE:


Chromebook
Chromebooks

The district has provided Chromebooks for student use at several sites. These low-cost mobile computing devices rely on the district's G Suite for Education and Canvas cloud services, giving students filtered internet access with document creation, collaboration, and submission.

In 2018-2019 every student in regular education at Bartlesville High School is required to check out and use a take-home Chromebook; that will expand to grades 6-12 in 2019-2020. There are also Chromebook carts available for use at school each English class in grades 6-8. There are at least two shared Chromebook carts at each elementary school for use at school.
The district uses iPads for its Project Lead the Way Launch STEM curriculum in each elementary school. A limited number of iPads are available at the secondary schools.

Wi-Fi


District Technology Policies for Students


Dell Deals

BPSD students and their family members can access the Member Purchase Program (MPP) at Dell, which is a cost-free employee and student discount program which also extends to their family members.

So if you are looking for Dell technology items, you can visit dell.com/dell4education and enter 
BARTLESVILLE IND SCHOOL DISTRICT 30 
in the search box to access the available deals. If prompted, our member ID is US29293432.

Grammarly extension available

posted May 24, 2019, 7:44 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 24, 2019, 7:45 AM ]

The Grammarly Chrome extension can be installed on any district Chromebook to assist with spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
The extension is NOT force-installed on devices since some folks find it annoying and sometimes teachers might want to have students disable it since the extension is not available on state tests or in the LockDown Browser used by secondary students for secure Canvas quizzes.
Grammarly logo

Differentiated filtering being implemented

posted May 23, 2019, 6:31 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 24, 2019, 7:45 AM ]

The strictness of the Relay filter for take-home Chromebooks will vary by school.

High School

The filter is most restrictive on Mondays-Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the academic year and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the summer (due to summer school classes). Outside of those hours, it relaxes to allow more access to blogs, entertainment, games, instant messaging, music, and social media. YouTube access is relaxed as well, although Restricted Mode and Age Restrictions still apply.

Filtering
Middle School

Since middle school students can be 11 years old or sometimes younger, stringent filtering will be on at all times with no relaxation after hours.

Chromebook filtering specifics


Only district accounts can login
Only district-provided student or staff accounts can be used to login to a district-provided Chromebook. It will not accept personal Google account credentials. Unfortunately, it also will not accept Tri-County Tech accounts since those are not part of the district's web domain.

Blocked website categories
The Lightspeed Relay extension on the Chromebooks checked out to students for take-home use will block, at all times, any websites Lightspeed has identified in the following categories except that the asterisked ones are allowed for high school students after school hours: 
  • ads
  • alcohol
  • auctions
  • audio/video
  • chat*
  • drugs
  • entertainment*
  • expired
  • Facebook*
  • forums*
  • gambling
  • games*
  • Instagram*
  • instant messaging*
  • mature
  • music*
  • parked websites
  • plagiarism
  • pornography
  • security threats
  • shopping
  • social media*
  • spam
  • suspicious
  • Twitter*
  • unknown websites
  • violence
  • weapons
  • web domains outside the USA
Google searches
Relay is set to always enforce Google SafeSearch and filter Google image search thumbnails.

YouTube
During the school day for high school students and at all times for middle school students, YouTube is restricted to approved educational videos. For high school students after hours, YouTube filtering is relaxed but is still set to YouTube Restricted Mode with YouTube Age Restrictions and to hide YouTube comments.

Your supervision is the best filter

Despite our best efforts, mischievous students with time on their hands can sometimes find ways to defeat any filter we erect.

If you are concerned about how your child is using any device for internet access, consider restricting their access to the device to public areas of the home in your presence, such as at a dining table, in the shared living area, etc.

Home filtering technology

Parents can try using Parental Controls on their home WiFi routers or appliances to further restrict student access to various websites.  However,  home filtering only works if they are connected to your own home WiFi network. It has no effect if they connect to a cellular data hot spot or an open WiFi network within range.

The hard truth, whether or not the school provides a take-home device, is that parents must invest time in instilling a sense of personal responsibility in their children and encourage safe online behavior since there will always be opportunities to access the open internet using borrowed devices and students can sometimes defeat technological barriers.

Online resources

Common Sense Education offers a variety of age-appropriate resources for families:

Chrome Apps & Extensions installed via the Chrome Web Store
The Chrome Web Store can be used to install a variety of dedicated Chrome applications and extensions. The district only allows pre-approved apps and extensions to be installed on student Chromebooks. Those can be viewed by logging into the Chrome Web Store with a student's district account and selecting the For stu.bps-ok.org option.
Chrome Web Store

The various entries have some instructional purpose, such as basic utilities (e.g. Calculator), electronic textbook apps (e.g. Pearson Realize), academic programs (e.g. Quizlet and Kahoot), and various accessibility utilities which can make it easier for students with handicaps to use online services.

Don't confuse apps and extensions with websites
These restrictions on dedicated Chrome apps and extensions installed via the Chrome Web Store do NOT apply to websites in general. Those are blocked or allowed by the Lightspeed Relay filter as described earlier.

    Tell your iPhone to use compatible image formats

    posted Jan 20, 2019, 4:36 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 20, 2019, 4:36 PM ]

    Apple iPhones now default to saving camera images in the new HEIC format to conserve space. However, HEIC is not yet widely supported and is NOT recommended for use in school assignments. Students should stick with the compatible JPG, GIF, and PNG formats instead.

    You can tell your iPhone to store images in the more compatible formats by:
    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Tap Camera.
    3. Tap Formats.
    4. Tap Most Compatible under Camera Capture. 
    Use Most Compatible

    How to extend a Chromebook's battery life and more

    posted Dec 12, 2018, 6:07 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 6:08 AM ]



    Chromebook support for district students is at BPSCHROMEBOOK.COM

    Video Link


    Misbehaving websites may rely on Flash

    posted Dec 11, 2018, 6:11 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 6:15 AM ]


    If you encounter a website with videos, animations, or other interactive elements that will not load or run properly, they may rely on Adobe's outdated Flash player.

    Adobe has stopped supporting Flash, and Chrome will stop all support for Flash in 2020. Until then, Google is making it more difficult to run Flash in an effort to convince websites to update to newer code like HTML5.

    Until 2020, you can still get Flash to run on these old websites in the Chrome web browser:
    1. Click the padlock icon to the LEFT of the webpage URL in the browser.
    2. If the pop-up menu has an entry for Flash, select it. If there is no such entry, click on Site settings.
    3. Change the setting for Flash to Allow.
    4. When you return to the webpage, you may be prompted to Reload it.

    Allow Flash in Chrome

    Student internet filtering at school and at home

    posted Dec 1, 2018, 1:32 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 24, 2019, 4:52 AM ]

    Filtering at school

    The district's own WiFi and hardwired data network is CIPA compliant and thus blocks known sites associated with mature or violent content and security threats such as malware. It also attempts to block access to social media sites, non-educational YouTube videos, and other distractions from instruction. 

    Take-home Chromebooks are configured with the Lightspeed Relay extension to provide similar filtering at all times.

    However, it is NOT possible for the district to filter students' personal cell phones or tablets or other non-district devices when they are accessing a cellular data network. Motivated students can sometimes find ways around the various protective technological barriers on their Chromebooks, although they are subject to disciplinary measures if they do so at school.

    Filtering away from school

    The strictness of the Relay filter for take-home Chromebooks varies by school.

    High School
    The filter is most stringent on Mondays-Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the academic year and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the summer (due to summer school classes).  Outside of those hours, it relaxes to allow more access to blogs, entertainment, instant messaging, music, and social media. YouTube access is relaxed as well, although Restricted Mode and Age Restrictions still apply.

    Middle School
    Since middle school students can be 11 years old or sometimes younger, stringent filtering is kept in place at all times with no relaxation after hours.

    Parents need to realize, however, that mischievous students can sometimes find ways to defeat any filter we erect.

    Your supervision is the best filter

    If you are concerned about how your child is using any device for internet access, consider restricting their access to the device to public areas of the home in your presence, such as at a dining table, in the shared living area, etc.

    Home filtering technology

    Parents can try using Parental Controls on their home WiFi routers or appliances to further restrict student access to various websites.  However,  home filtering only works if they are connected to your own home WiFi network. It has no effect if they connect to a cellular data hot spot or an open WiFi network within range.

    The hard truth, whether or not the school provides a take-home device, is that parents must invest time in instilling a sense of personal responsibility in their children and encourage safe online behavior since there will always be opportunities to access the open internet using borrowed devices and students can sometimes defeat technological barriers.

    Online resources

    View the current status of various online services

    posted Sep 17, 2018, 2:15 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 2:15 PM ]

    Status icons
    As we come to rely more and more on various online services, it can be useful to see their currently reported status if you encounter login or operational issues. 

    For example, if you can't get a Turnitin assignment to go through in Canvas, you could check Turnitin's and Canvas's status pages to see if either one is having widespread issues.

    A new link at BPSDTECH.COM will let you quickly view the online status of many of the services used in the district:
    There you will find embedded versions of the service status pages for many of our services, as well as the following direct links:

    Links to specific service status pages:
    Other links where known issues are reported:

    Dell deals for district students and staff

    posted Sep 17, 2018, 2:09 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 2:10 PM ]

    BPSD staff and students are members of the Member Purchase Program (MPP) at Dell, which is a cost-free employee and student discount program which also extends to their family members.

     

    So if you are looking for Dell technology items, you can visit dell.com/dell4education and enter 

    BARTLESVILLE IND SCHOOL DISTRICT 30 

    in the search box to access the available deals. (If prompted, our member ID is US29293432.)


    Some upcoming deals on September 24, 2018 include:

    • Inspiron 15 3000 - $323.09 ($399.99 value) - 6th gen Intel(r) Core(tm) i3 processor, Windows 10 Home, 4GB memory*, 1TB* hard drive
    • Inspiron Desktop - $399.99 Inspiron Desktop ($499.99 value) - 8th gen Intel(r) Core(tm) i3 processor, Windows 10 Home, 8GB memory*, 1TB* hard drive
    In addition, starting in October they will be offering 10% off site wide, exclusive to "MPP" customers, which includes all district employees, students, and their family members.
    Dell Sale

    Help page added for electronic textbooks

    posted Sep 15, 2018, 8:26 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 15, 2018, 8:27 AM ]

    Our teachers and students are beginning to use electronic textbooks. The shift began in earnest this year for mathematics as part of the statewide textbook adoption cycle. All high school students in regular education now have take-home Chromebooks, and all middle school students in regular education will have them next year. So this summer the district only purchased classroom sets of new physical math textbooks for grades 6-12. It licensed online versions of the textbooks for students to use when off-campus.

    A new help page with links for electronic textbooks is now available for students and parents:
    The page is accessible from the district homepage by selecting Parents & Students > Student Technology > Electronic Textbooks.

    Links for additional subjects for which the district already has digital textbook licenses, such as science, will soon be added to that help page.
    e-text

    Student and staff passwords update

    posted Jul 28, 2018, 11:08 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 28, 2018, 11:08 AM ]

    As part of a large-scale technology upgrade in summer 2018, the district will be requiring student and staff passwords for access to district computers and online services to have at least eight characters.

    All existing student passwords that are less than 8 characters should change around August 1st or 2nd to have 8 or more characters. For passwords with less than 8 characters, the two-character sequence of "18" will be added to the end, repeatedly if needed, until the password is 8 characters or more. This will affect students' ability to login to Chromebooks, Canvas, and district computers as well as G Suite for Education services such as Gmail and Google Drive. When the PowerSchool Portal re-opens in mid-August, the new password will apply to it as well.
     
    Examples: 
    • abcd1234 would not change
    • abcd123 would become abcd12318
    • abcd12 would become abcd1218
    • abcd1 would become abcd11818, etc.

    Students' usernames and district email addresses will NOT change, but the changed password will disable access to email accounts on personal devices, requiring the password be updated or the account be set up again in the relevant apps.

    The new passwords should be shown on the schedules distributed at secondary student registrations August 1-10, so if they encounter any problems, that should help.

    Elementary students will receive assistance with password updates after they return to school on August 16.

    Passwords update

    RELEVANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES

    STAFF PASSWORDS UPDATE AROUND 8/13
    Teachers report back on Monday, August 13. Around that time the district will set its systems to require staff members to update their passwords with ones having at least eight characters. Users should be able to re-use their existing passwords if they already meet the requirement.

    That update should automatically synchronize with G Suite for Education, so staff members who change their passwords will need to update any connected apps on their personal devices, such as smartphones or tablets connected to Gmail and/or Google Calendar. In some cases, this may require setting up their district Google account again in the relevant apps

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