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  • Coronavirus Guidance for Staff Pandemic Response Plan Guidance for Staff - updated 3/26Telecommuting Guidance for StaffPublic InformationThe district now has a public-facing page about the coronavirus that shares:travel and ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2020, 4:51 AM by Granger Meador
  • Inclement Weather Day Training Options Teachers who don't make it to campus on an inclement weather day in the 2019-2020 academic year will need to earn 6 hours of approved professional development credit ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2020, 2:40 AM by Granger Meador
  • Frontline Recruiting & Hiring Launched On February 3, 2020, the district launched its new public-facing applications website, Frontline Recruiting & Hiring, at https://www.applitrack.com/bpsok/onlineapp/Access for district staff to review applications ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2020, 7:25 AM by Granger Meador
  • Relay Classroom glitches resolved Lightspeed Relay Classroom sync issuesWith the turnover to the second semester, Lightspeed Relay Classroom has had plenty of glitches. As of January 13, 2020 the students and classes were ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2020, 8:44 PM by Granger Meador
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Coronavirus Guidance for Staff

posted Mar 9, 2020, 2:46 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 4:51 AM ]

Inclement Weather Day Training Options

posted Feb 5, 2020, 2:10 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 5, 2020, 2:40 AM ]

Teachers who don't make it to campus on an inclement weather day in the 2019-2020 academic year will need to earn 6 hours of approved professional development credit by May 22, 2020.

Pre-approved ONLINE Training Options



Pre-approved IN-PERSON Training Options


IN-PERSON option, if appropriate to your teaching assignment:

With your principal's approval as to its appropriateness for your teaching assignment, you can also earn 5-7 hours of bankable credit, a $50 stipend, and a free kit of materials at one of the nine OERB workshops across K-12 offered on Saturday, April 4 at Bartlesville High School:

OERB Flyer

Additional options

Frontline Recruiting & Hiring Launched

posted Feb 3, 2020, 7:24 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 3, 2020, 7:25 AM ]

On February 3, 2020, the district launched its new public-facing applications website, Frontline Recruiting & Hiring, at 
Access for district staff to review applications and act upon them is via the same Frontline SSO portal used for other Frontline products:

Applications website

Internal Site

Relay Classroom glitches resolved

posted Jan 8, 2020, 11:27 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 16, 2020, 8:44 PM ]

Lightspeed Relay Classroom sync issues

With the turnover to the second semester, Lightspeed Relay Classroom has had plenty of glitches. 

As of January 13, 2020 the students and classes were finally synced.

Teachers can configure their courses and use them to monitor and control student Chromebooks.
Relay Issues

Immersive Reader can assist students

posted Dec 20, 2019, 6:34 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 20, 2019, 6:35 AM ]

Microsoft Immersive Reader is a powerful reading tool that can help students learning to read, including English Language Learners, and assist those with learning issues such as dyslexia. It can also translate text into a wide variety of languages and extend its features to that translation.
Immersive Reader lets students change the font, line spacing, colors, highlight one line at a time, see syllables and parts of speech, use a picture dictionary, and have text read aloud at various speeds. The tool can translate text into a wide variety of languages while still providing the above features in the translation.

Using Immersive Reader in the Chrome Web Browser

Since this tool is so powerful for students with special needs and for ELL students, we allow students to install the Immersive Reader Chrome extension on their Chromebooks so they can then highlight text on a webpage, RIGHT-click (two-finger click on a Chromebook trackpad), and select Help me read this from the pop-up menu to invoke the tool.
Immersive Reader in Chrome

Using Immersive Reader in the online versions of Word or OneNote

Immersive Reader is also included with Word and OneNote in Office 365but we’ve found some staff and student accounts cannot access Office 365 with their district email address and password. So Tech Services is working to get Office 365 working again for all student and staff accounts so that students could optionally use Immersive Reader in Word, OneNote, etc.

There is a video demonstrating some uses for this toolRemember that students don't have to use Word or OneNote to use the tool if they download and install the Chrome extension.

Using Immersive Reader in Canvas

Canvas has added an Immersive Reader button to Pages in Canvas, the Learning Management System for grades 6-12. But to use the tool in Assignments, students would need to install and use the Immersive Reader Chrome extension. 

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Immersive Reader Not Available in Lockdown Browser
The extension is not available in the Respondus LockDown Browser, so there is no concern about students using the tool in unauthorized ways on quizzes secured by the LockDown Browser. However, that means Immersive Reader cannot be an authorized accommodation for such quizzes; they have to be made insecure for the tool to work, meaning they would require continual active supervision to prevent unauthorized use of the internet, etc.

Immersive Reader in other applications

New District Directory App

posted Dec 11, 2019, 1:28 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 13, 2019, 12:30 PM ]

At BPSLIST.ORG authorized staff members can now access a directory app that is mobile-friendly but can also be used in any web browser. You can install it on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, in Google Chrome, etc.

The app provides the name, email address, phone extension and photo (when available) for anyone who is listed in the webpage directory.

Directory App

QR Code
You can quickly install the app on a mobile device by scanning the QR code shown here.




Registering the app

When you first access the app, you will be prompted to enter your email address. Be sure to use your district email address, and be aware that only email addresses already listed in the district's internal online spreadsheet directory will work.

Registration

Email address error
The app is restricted to district users since it provides room numbers and direct dial access to any extension. If you see the error that your email address doesn't have access to this app, then that address is not currently listed in the district webpage directory or it has an error. 

Updating the app information, including photos
The person at each site (usually one of the office secretaries) charged with maintaining that site’s tab on the webpage directory spreadsheet can add, delete, and correct entries as needed. 

If you don't like your photo, you can provide a better one to your site secretary, and they should forward it to Granger Meador to update the app. We want all personnel in the app to have a valid photo to make it more useful and improve security at all sites.

Listening to voicemail on your iPhone

posted Nov 22, 2019, 9:16 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 22, 2019, 9:18 AM ]

One great feature of the district's new phone system is that it delivers voicemails as WAV attachments via email. This lets you easily listen to a voicemail from a mobile device by simply tapping on the attachment.

In fall 2019 some users' Gmail apps on their iPhones could no longer play the voicemail attachments. Tapping them would cause the Gmail app to close.

If you are a victim of this problem, the solution is to uninstall the Gmail app on your iPhone and then promptly reinstall it. That seems to clear up the issue without any big hassles with reloading data, etc.

See below for more information on accessing email on mobile devices:


You can tap the .wav attachment in a voicemail notification email to listen to the voicemail

Voicemail on iPhone

iPad manual created

posted Sep 30, 2019, 8:17 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 8:18 AM ]

A new Using District-Managed iPads manual has been developed to help support teachers. It is linked here and via the iPads link at BPSDTECH.ORG.

It includes how students can log in to Clever and use it to access various services AND how students should log out of both a given service and Clever when finished with an iPad:

It also links to information on both iPad and Chromebook apps for the PLTW Launch elementary STEM modules, the two BPSF-funded iPad carts at each elementary school, and more:

iPad manual

G Suite add-ons

posted Sep 24, 2019, 2:09 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 24, 2019, 3:23 PM ]


Add-ons to Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms can provide some interesting new capabilities to those G Suite applications. Those add-ons are distinct from Chrome extensions or applications, which change how the Chrome browser operates. Click the table in this post for details on the differences between extensions, web apps, and add-ons.

You invoke an Add-on within the G Suite app. In Docs, Sheets, and Slides, use the Add-ons menu. In Google Forms, click the More icon ⋮, then click Add-ons.

Some popular district-approved add-ons include:

Google Docs
Google Slides
  • Unsplash Images for great photos you can use for free without credit or copyright restrictions.
Google Forms
  • Choice Eliminator 2 to eliminate options from a multiple-choice, dropdown, or checkbox type of question. This is handy for signing up for time slots or having students choose topics without doubling up.
Google Sheets
  • Crop Sheet to quickly delete unused cells.
  • Autocrat for merging data into a document. The district uses this to automate the completion certificates it generates when someone completes a quiz as part of a state-mandated training.
Here's a big listing of those and other helpful items: 

Blocked
Add-ons in the G Suite Marketplace must be manually whitelisted

As of September 2019, Google has been moving Add-ons from the Chrome Web Store, where they were unrestricted for students and staff, to the G Suite Marketplace. The district has to manually whitelist anything in the G Suite Marketplace to allow students or staff to install them.

So teachers and staff who have a legitimate educational need for a particular Add-on should have a Bruin Help Desk ticket writer at their site file a ticket on the request. An item's privacy policies and utility will be examined to determine if the request can be approved or if a substitute could be used.
Extensions, Apps, and Add-ons Compared

District internet, network, and phone services down over Fall Break

posted Sep 18, 2019, 10:16 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 18, 2019, 10:17 AM ]

As part of the ongoing network maintenance and updates, dozens of new network switches and a new network firewall are slated for installation over Fall Break 2019. 

We expect internet, network, and phone services to be unavailable both October 17 and 18 across the district. Please plan accordingly.
Network down

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