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Overview

over 2 years ago

Technology Makes Learning Fun!


Laurens 55 Technology Department's goal is to support instructional, administrative, and operational use of technology appropriate to the mission and goals of the school district.  
 
The Technology staff is committed to bringing the exciting power of technology to students, teachers, and the District 55 community of Laurens County.

The Department  of Technology administers a large and diverse network computing environment.  

Technology is responsible for over 2,000 computers and devices, Over 40 network file servers and over 450 instructional areas including hundreds of interactive classrooms spread out over 15 school sites. Additionally, the Office of Technology provides mission-critical IT services, including:

  • User & E-Mail Administration
  • Internet Access & Security
  • Telecommunications Services
  • Application Deployment & Support
  • Network Upkeep
  • On-Site & Remote Support Services

The Office of Technology is committed to supporting the educational mission of Laurens County School District 55. We aim to continually provide innovative solutions to the complex array of problems that surface in an educational environment. Additionally, we strive to provide maximum up-time to our users as well as resolve both hardware and software problems in a timely manner.

PowerSchool Information

over 2 years ago

PowerSchool & PowerTeacher Help


Is there something in PowerSchool or PowerTeacher that you want to learn how to do? Give PowerSource a try. This is PowerSchool's resource center and it is easier to access now. The Distance Learning and Mastery in Minutes tutorials are excellent and FREE. Here is how you get started.

1. Login to PowerSchool or PowerTeacher like you normally do.


2. Look for this symbol Inline image 2 click it and choose PowerSource.
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3. This will take you to the PowerSource site, look for the Training tab and click it.

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4. Use the tutorials found in the Distance Learning and Mastery in Minutes sections.
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Give it a try. If you have any problems send us a Technology Request and we will be glad to give you some assistance.










Precode


  1. Precode Materials
  2.  
Implementation documents, Training documents, and State Reporting.  The following Technical notes may contain valuable information or may contain an issue that has already been resolved during the Phase I process.










Precode


  1. Precode Materials
  2.  
Implementation documents, Training documents, and State Reporting.  The following Technical notes may contain valuable information or may contain an issue that has already been resolved during the Phase I process.










Precode


  1. Precode Materials
  2.  
Implementation documents, Training documents, and State Reporting.  The following Technical notes may contain valuable information or may contain an issue that has already been resolved during the Phase I process.


Technology Staff

PowerSchool Training Docs

over 3 years ago

Parent Template for PowerSchool to Excent Upload (Edit in Wordpad)
 
Below are the Quick Reference Guides for the courses offered on-line and during the classroom training held in Sept.-Oct. of 2009.
 
Covers searches, exports, labels, student selection.
 
Enrolling new students, transfer out of school, re-enroll  students, making a family match.
 
Adding courses, modifying master schedule, add/drop
a class to schedule, mass enroll, work with special 
programs.
 
Adding courses, modifying master schedule, add/drop 
a class to schedule, mass enroll, work with special programs. Enrolling student  in another school.
 
View, find absences, check to see if teachers have taken attendance, update attendance, search chronic problems,
various reports.
 
View, find absences, check to see if teachers have taken attendance, update attendance, search chronicd problems, various reports. 
Mailing labels, reports, form letters, report cards, 
import and export reports, Daily bulletin.
Working with staff, teacher schedules, behavior and
discipline, At-Risk report, view academic records, 
viewing teacher gradebook data.
 
Entering transcripts, changing Historical Grades, 
entering test scores, searches, various reports.
 
How to export data from Powerschool to Excel.

What's New in Technology

over 2 years ago

Microsoft Office 2016


Microsoft offers the new Office 2016 to all District 55 employees for home use at educational pricing. Go to Microsoft's HUP Employee Site for details.

 


District Email

over 3 years ago

The district email is now hosted by Google Enterprise Services


Get to your email at http://mail.laurens55.org or go to Google -> G-mail  and enter in your email address and password.
 
District email belongs to the school district and email should not be considered private.  It can be accessed for Freedom of Information requests, eDiscovery, or administrative reasons.   Email is provided by the district for business use.

How to set up a smartphone:


iPhone  (there are several ways to set this up, but this way is the only one that gives you full functionality.)
 Open Settings, then open Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.  Select Add an Account, then 
Microsoft Exchange (IOS 3.0 only allows one Exchange mail server).  In the Email field, enter your full email address.  [Do not download the Google App or choose GMAIL from the menu of email types]

If you use IOS version 6 or higher:  Open Settings, then open Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.  Select 
Add an Account, then Microsoft Exchange (IOS 3.0 only allows one Exchange mail server).  In the Email
field, enter your full email address.Enter your Google Account password as the Password. Press Next 
at the top of your screen.  Enter m.google.com in the Server field.  Leave the Domain field blank. Enter
your FULL email address as the Username. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

If you use older versions of IOS:  
Leave the Domain field blank. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.  Enter
your Google Account password as the Password.  Tap Next at the top of your screen.  Choose Cancel 
if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.  When the new Server field appears, 
enter m.google.com.  To access m.google.com, set the language to English (US).  Press Next at the top
of your screen again. 

Example screen images for steps above. 

 
                    

 
add exchange server
 
enter Exchange server for Gmail
 
You can select to sync Calendar, Contacts, and/or Mail.  I recommend you start with Mail - add calendar if you like.  If you want to include contacts, look at the contacts in your email account because you may not want all of these on your phone/tablet.  I  recommend you not do contacts yet.  It will sync your personal address book and your frequent contacts address book.  There are three options for keeping your contacts synced.  You can keep your device's contacts and sync just your My Contacts group, you can sync only Google Contacts and wipe your device's contacts, or you can merge your contacts via iTunes and sync only the contacts that stream with your phone.  Google's instructions are here.
 
How to set up the Android smartphone
Google produces Android phones, so full functionality is built in for this in all Android phones.
 
 
 

Benefits of the Google Enterprise for Schools Email System which Our District Uses.


  • Excellent email system with many features
  • More powerful calendar
  • Word processing and spreadsheet online
  • Collaboration tools
  • Saves the district money and time
  • Provides Google Dive with a great deal of secure storage to store with ability to share files
  • Reliable and secure - it always works
  • Connects with smartphones, tablets,  laptops, and desktops 
  • Green!  Reduces the district's environmental footprint


Technology Plan

over 3 years ago

This three-year district technology plan is designed to guide the implementation of technology in the district.  Students will be provided opportunities to utilize a variety of technology as part of their learning, and will increase their level of technological competency.  There will be a significant concentration on assuring updated equipment and providing teachers with laptops, projectors, interactive whiteboards, and other instructional technology.  Students will be allowed to use their own and district mobile devices, and will participate in one-to-one initiative in grades 9-12.  The wireless infrastructure and upgraded switches will be purchased and installed to support these uses.  In order to integrate this technology into instruction, professional development will be offered and a comprehensive system will be used to promote technology competency.  Web sites and other innovative electronic means will be used to improve community and parental communications.  Two district technology coaches will rotate between schools and a stipend-based coach will be selected in each school.  A comprehensive information technology department will provide technical support to operational and instructional programs.  The district will also maintain robust networks and internet connectivity, as well as an extensive range of security systems and processes to protect resources and confidential data.  Administration, operations, and other supporting services will be provided required resources, upgrades, and communication systems to effectively and efficiently meet their assigned mission.


The Technology Plan will be evaluated yearly and modified as needed.

 
Downloads:
Technology Plan:  July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018     pdf


Technology Coaches

3 months ago

School Technology Coaches

Each school has one or more instructional staff assigned the role of Technology Coach who has the additional duties of providing on-site support to teachers and administrators with the primary goal of helping integrate technology into instruction.  They also are the school contact for all issues relating to the Teacher Technology Competencies.

 
 


Jeff Brink
Jeff Brink-District Technology Coach
Monday-GCO
Tuesday-GCO
Wednesday-SMS
Thursday-HT
Friday-HT


 
 
Sherer
Robert Sherer, District Technology Coach
Monday-LE
Tuesday-LE
Wednesday-LMS
Thursday-LDHS
Friday-LDHS



 
 Wes
Linda Wessel, District Technology Coach

Monday-EB
Tuesday-EB
Wednesday-WE
Thursday-Ford
Friday-Ford

 
  

Sherri Sherer (LDHS)


Mrs. Sherer

Shirley Pennington (LDHS)


teacher

 Vicky Culbertson (Sanders Middle)


Giles

Michele Spires (Gray Court-Owings)

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Kathy Butler  (Laurens Middle)

teacher


Angela Bates (Ford School)

teacher



Wilma Tribble (E. B. Morse)


Davis


     Anna Barker(Hickory Tavern)

Jeff Brink


 

 

Kayla Patterson (Waterloo)
 Teacher

Ami Hardy (Laurens Elementary)


teacher