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  • Tell your iPhone to use compatible image formats 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 ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2019, 4:36 PM by Granger Meador
  • How to extend a Chromebook's battery life and more Video by Tyler Salvatori Chromebook support for district students is at BPSCHROMEBOOK.COM
    Posted Dec 12, 2018, 6:08 AM by Granger Meador
  • Misbehaving websites may rely on Flash 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 ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2018, 6:15 AM by Granger Meador
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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.


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:


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.


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

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 Feb 14, 2019, 2:33 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 during school hours.

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

Outside of school hours, the Lightspeed Relay filter on the take-home Chromebooks is relaxed to allow access to social media sites, non-educational YouTube videos, etc. It will still block known sites with mature or violent content and security threats and enforce Google SafeSearch and YouTube Restricted Mode to attempt to limit access to mature content. Nevertheless, 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 


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.

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.
  • 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


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

Downloading or transferring student data from Google

posted May 22, 2018, 12:19 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 22, 2018, 12:33 PM ]

Google Takeout
When students graduate or leave the districts for other reasons, they must take steps if they wish to retain access to Google Drive files, Gmail emails, Google Sites, etc., they created using a student Google Apps account.

Accounts deleted after graduation

After you graduate or leave the district, your G Suite student account and all of the content (documents, presentations, saved media, emails, and so on) associated with that account will eventually be deleted. If you want to keep items that you created and saved using those online tools, you must download those items to a storage device or cloud storage space.

Establish a personal Google Gmail account

One of the easiest ways to transfer files out of your district account is to forward and/or upload the files to a personal Google Gmail account.

NOTE: If you don't have a free personal email account via Gmail, the following instructions will work on a desktop computer at home or in one of our libraries, but will NOT work on a district-issued Chromebook.

  1. Go to the Google homepage at www.google.com.

  2. If you see your district Google profile icon at the upper right, click on that and select Sign out.

  3. Once you see a blue Sign in button at the upper right, click it. On the sign-in screen, click the link for Create account and fill in the information and follow the instructions to establish your new personal account.

  4. Once you have confirmed the new personal email account, log out of it.

Forwarding emails

  • Visit your school Gmail account and forward emails you wish to preserve to your new or existing personal email account address.

  • Notify your contacts of your alternate email address.

  • Be sure to consider any recurring subscription emails and visit those sites to update your contact preferences.

Google Takeout

Google Takeout can create a compressed file with all of your Google docs, emails, etc. It can include everything except any websites you may have created with Google Sites, which are address on the next page. You can download that archive file to a flash drive or other storage device. You choose which content you want to save. (For example, you can save just your Drive files and not save your email or calendar information.)

  1. While logged into your district G Suite account, visit takeout.google.com

  2. Select the data you want to save and follow the instructions.

  3. Google will create an archive, which can take from minutes to days, and will email you a link to download it when it is ready.

  4. You can then download and save that file to a flash drive or other storage device. You can then later upload some or all of that to your personal account’s Google Drive, etc.

Transferring Ownership of a Google Site

To maintain after-graduation access to any websites you created with Google Sites, you must transfer ownership of those sites to yourself at a personal, non-G Suite Gmail account. Google Apps will not allow you to share ownership of the site with a non-Google email account.

Classic Google Sites

  • Log in to your G Suite Google Site as usual.

  • Click on the settings gear icon on the upper right and then click on Sharing and Permissions.

  • In the Invite People box near the bottom, enter your personal Gmail address and then choose Is owner from the drop-down menu to the right. Be sure to check the option to send email notifications.

  • Click the Send button and close.

Your new Gmail account will soon receive an email with the URL of your Google site. Do this for every Google Site that you have created using your G Suite account that you wish to transfer. After you leave the school district, you will be able to access your Google Sites using your new Google account. Just go to Google and log in with your personal username and password.

New Google Sites

Unfortunately, you cannot transfer or save websites you created using the New Google Sites with a district account.

Chromebooks will be tied to district accounts on February 1, 2018

posted Jan 1, 2018, 7:17 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 1, 2018, 8:47 AM ]

To improve account security and device management, all district-issued Chromebooks will be restricted to district-provided G Suite for Education accounts as of February 1, 2018.

Students and staff will no longer be able to login to a district-issued Chromebook using a personal Google account. They will need to always login with a district bps-ok.org account.
  • Students' district accounts are username@stu.bps-ok.org
If a student has set up a separate personal Google account, files stored there will no longer be available on district-issued Chromebooks. To access such files, the student will need to follow these instructions on moving Drive files from a personal to a district account.

If students need to import email, contacts, or calendar events from personal accounts into their district accounts, see these Gmail import instructions.
G Suite Chromebook

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