Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Break

Spring break is quickly approaching and a few of you may be wondering how you can access your email or U drive over break.

Don't forget!  You can also access your google docs from any computer that has internet access.  Just go to and sign in using your portage email address and password.

I hope you all have a restful spring break!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Microsoft Word Training Today at 3:15

If you would like to attend Microsoft Word Training today at 3:15, come on over to the TTC Computer lab.  I would love to see you there.  We will be done in time for CIC for anyone who is also involved with that.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Google Docs in the Classroom - Elementary

How are you using Google Docs in your classroom?  What is working well?  What are some shortcomings or things to look out for?

Google Docs in the Classroom - Secondary

How are you using Google Docs in your classroom?  What is working well?  What are some shortcomings or things to look out for?

TECH TIP #22–Google Security

TECH TIP #22 –Security

To: All Portage Public School Employees
From: Technology Integration Specialist
Date: March 5, 2012
Re: How secure are my students using Google Apps?

You’ve been exploring more and more with technology – AWESOME! However, you know that with exploration come questions. These are questions from you, your administrator, students and particularly parents. You need to be prepared with answers especially with chatter of late regarding Google’s new privacy policy and what it means to your web presence and history as you interact with their services. Today’s tech tip should help you.
What is the policy?

Google’s privacy policy changes DO NOT impact our agreement with them in regards to Google apps for staff or student use. That privacy policy remains unchanged. The data belongs to us and Google does not use it as a part of their ad sense or other revenue or research initiatives aimed at commercial gain. The full policy can be found at It is important for you to read this to educate yourself in their policy. Note: If Google were to modify our agreement, we’d, of course, reevaluate our use of the platform. However, from a privacy policy standpoint, Google apps for education is safe and secure.

So what does that mean to you and your students in the classroom?

  1. You need to make sure you read the PPSNet User Agreement and review it with your students. This is something you should before beginning a technology project as a reminder to students the expectations. Each student should have this on file already. If you have concerns, check with your office staff. Here is a copy of the agreement:
  2. Before starting your Google project, you should contact Jessica Winstanley and Kelly Jensenius to help you solidify your project and/or provide tips and tricks.
  3. As with any project you introduce for the first time, you should always contact your building administrator so they are aware of your plans and aren't surprised by parent calls.
  4. Next it is in your best interest to contact the parents to let them know your intentions. This will give them the information they need and alleviate possible concerns. Here is a letter you can personalize as well as an additional voluntary contract to the PPSNet agreement to help communicate expectations for Google Docs.
  5. Start small – you don’t have to use ALL the features of Google Apps. Don’t know WHERE to start, but want to? Ask for our support! Jessica Winstanley and Kelly Jensenius are available to help guide you.
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