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  • Remind & SchoolMessenger messages Routine Text & Email MessagesClassroom teachers and activity sponsors increasingly use the Remind messaging service to send texts and emails to students and parents. (Individual student messages are restricted to ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2020, 4:23 AM by Granger Meador
  • Powering Down over Winter Break Winter Break Tips for Secondary StudentsSecondary students who are not going to use their Chromebooks over Winter Break should hold down the power button until the devices completely shut ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2019, 6:59 AM by Granger Meador
  • Reviving a Dell 5190 Chromebook with power issues PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONSThe Dell 5190 Chromebooks issued to the classes of 2020 and 2022 and used in the elementary schools can be hard to revive if you allow their battery ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2019, 7:00 PM by Granger Meador
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Online Services


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.

Canvas
Canvas & Google Classroom

The Canvas Learning Management System is available across grades 6-12, and Google Classroom is available at all grade levels.

Classes have some digital assignments and related curricula for students to access while at school or home. Students can use the online services 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.
Google Classroom
Some teachers use Google Classroom for digital assignments. Student accounts are accessed at classroom.google.com using the student's district username and password.

Clever

Students and teachers use Clever to login to various online services. 

ST Math

One of the services accessed via Clever is ST Math for K-8 students:

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.

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:

Devices


Chromebook
Chromebooks

The district provides Chromebooks for student use at all 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.

Every high school and middle school student in regular education is required to check out and use a take-home Chromebook. There are Chromebook carts at each elementary school for use at school.


iPads

The district has carts of iPads for its Project Lead the Way Launch STEM curriculum in each elementary school. Some iPads are also used for specific programs in both elementary and secondary schools.

    Networks & Messaging


    District Wi-Fi & home internet

    HOME INTERNET OPTIONS


    SchoolMessenger
    SchoolMessenger

    Emergency Phone/Text Messages to Patrons

    The district sends out emergency phone and text messages, such as weather-related school closing notices, via School Messenger to contacts in our PowerSchool database. Please contact your child's school to verify your contact information in PowerSchool is up-to-date. 

    To receive texts, you must also text "subscribe" to the number 68453. (Text "stop" to 68453 to cancel your subscription to texts, or text "help" to 68453 for more information.)

    Remind.com
    Remind

    Routine Text, Email, and Phone Messages

    Classroom teachers and activity sponsors increasingly use the Remind messaging service to send texts and emails to students and parents. (Individual student messages are restricted to ages 13 and up.)

    By default, Remind uses parent and class information from PowerSchool, but teachers and sponsors can also share codes that anyone can text to 81010. For example, to join a Remind group with the code math, you could text @math to the number 81010.

    Other Tech Help


    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.

    Students who graduate or leave the district

    Remind & SchoolMessenger messages

    posted Feb 8, 2020, 4:10 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 8, 2020, 4:23 AM ]

    Remind.com

    Routine Text & Email Messages

    Classroom teachers and activity sponsors increasingly use the Remind messaging service to send texts and emails to students and parents. (Individual student messages are restricted to ages 13 and up.)

    By default, Remind uses parent and class information from PowerSchool, but teachers and sponsors can also share codes that anyone can text to 81010. For example, to join a Remind group with the code math, you could text @math to the number 81010.

    SchoolMessenger

    SchoolMessenger

    Emergency & Automated Phone/Text Messages to Patrons

    The district still sends out emergency phone and text messages, such as weather-related school closing notices, via SchoolMessenger to contacts in our PowerSchool database. It also sends out routine automated messages about absences and lunch balances.

    Please contact your child's school to verify your contact information in PowerSchool is up-to-date. To receive SchoolMessenger texts, text "subscribe" to the number 68453. (Text "stop" to 68453 to cancel your subscription to texts, or text "help" to 68453 for more information.)

    Powering Down over Winter Break

    posted Dec 20, 2019, 6:58 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 20, 2019, 6:59 AM ]

    Winter Break Tips for Secondary Students

    • Secondary students who are not going to use their Chromebooks over Winter Break should hold down the power button until the devices completely shut down. That will avoid letting the battery drain to 0% over the break, which can make some Chromebooks difficult to restart when classes resume on January 6, 2020.
    • All secondary students should make a note to remind themselves to fully charge their Chromebooks on Sunday, January 5 so they are ready for classes to resume.
    • Canvas will be down for maintenance from 9 p.m. on December 26 until 9 p.m. on December 27.
    • Students will not be able to see second-semester courses in Canvas until classes resume on January 6, and even then only after a teacher has published their course in Canvas.
    Canvas outage

    Reviving a Dell 5190 Chromebook with power issues

    posted Aug 10, 2019, 3:52 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 12, 2019, 7:00 PM ]

    Reviving a 5190
    The Dell 5190 Chromebooks issued to the classes of 2020 and 2022 and used in the elementary schools can be hard to revive if you allow their battery to reach 0% charge. Dell claims this issue is resolved in the most recent version of the Chrome OS, but if you have a Dell 5190 that won't turn on, here are some tips:

    If your Dell 5190 Chromebook will not charge:
    • First, try plugging the charger into the USB-C port on the other side of the Chromebook. Letting it charge for 30 minutes or more may revive it.

    If that doesn't work:
    1. Plug in the charger.
    2. Open the Chromebook.
    3. Hit ESC + Refresh + Power simultaneously until the screen flickers, then release the keys.
      Keys
    4. You will see a recovery screen that asks for you to insert a flash drive. Do NOT insert a flash drive. (If you don’t see this screen, go back to step 3 and repeat.)
    5. Press and hold Refresh + Power keys while simultaneously removing the charger. Release the keys.
    6. Hold the power button for two seconds.
    7. Plug in the charger.
    8. Hit the power button once.
    9. Wait up to 40 seconds to see something on the screen. If you see something on the screen (login screen, or red exclamation point battery), hold down the power button until the Chromebook shuts off.
    10. Close the device, and let it charge for 30 minutes.
    11. If you still see nothing on screen, or you don’t have a charging light on the Chromebook, BHS students can stop by room 132 after school starts to get a replacement Chromebook. Elementary school devices can be checked out by district technicians and ticketed to be sent to the Student Technology Support Team if all revival efforts fail.

    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 implemented

    posted May 23, 2019, 6:31 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 10, 2019, 4:11 AM ]

    The strictness of the Relay filter for take-home Chromebooks 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 is 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.

    Parent 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.

    Parents who are concerned about how their children are using any device for internet access should consider restricting the access to the device to public areas of the home in their 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:

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