Instructional Technology and IT Department

Richard Harlin
Microcomputer Systems Director / IT Director

District IT Line (General Inquiry): 518-398-7181 x1417 (t.service@ppcsd.org)

Mrs. Linda Westpfal - Information Technology Clerk: 518-398-7181 x 1417

Technician Line: 518-398-7181 x 1427

Model Schools Technology Integrator is available for Tech. PD.

The IT Dept. welcomes Ms. Michelle Palmieri, our new Model Schools Technology Integrator, to Pine Plains.  Ms. Palmieri will be working throughout the District on a rotating basis two days a week (Tues. and Wed.), and will be providing group trainings on District technology and JIT (Just-in-Time) support for individual projects.  To schedule a meeting or arrange for training, please contact Mrs. Westpfal at the HS(x1417) or Ms. Palmieri m.palmieri@ppcsd.org. 

Service Requests Address

Please note that all requests for services for the IT department (including equipment/software requests) are to be entered from the new system at https://kbox1k.ppcsd.org

Failure to do so will (e.g. non-emergency phone-ins or emails) will introduce delays in getting to your issues, as the service request system is referenced first when making service assignments.

Office 365

The IT Dept. has migrated all faculty and staff email over to the Office 365 for Education product.  Webmail users may access their email via the Staff and Student links on the District Home Page or via the URL given below.  See login instructions below, along with useful Office 365 links in the Office 365 and OneDrive Resources section on the left side of this page.

Students with personal logins (grades 2 through 12) now have an internal use (PPCSD.ORG) only email address that may be used for academic purposes internally.  The email addresses have a suffix of .student.ppcsd.org, so that they may be easily distinguished from faculty and staff email addresses.

The fully featured Office 365 is now available for all District Users (including Students grades 2-12) with a unique login name and password!  Features include:

1. Online Web Versions of MS-Word, Excel, OneNote, and Powerpoint.
2. Outlook/Calendar/Contacts.
3. Online Unlimited size OneDrive Cloud Storage facility for files and folders.
4. Ability to download and install the full MS-Office Professional Package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Outlook, Access, and Lync) on up to five personal PC devices, five Mac devices, and five mobile (Android or iOS) devices.

Access to online resources is available on any Internet enabled PC, Mac, or iOS device.

To Login, go the Staff or Student Link on the District Homepage, or go to http://portal.office.com.  Further instructions are available under Office 365 and OneDrive Resources.

To get Started with Office 365, look under Office 365 and OneDrive Resources, in the Technology list form the home page.

One to One Program information:  The District one-to-one computer program entered its third year this September.  An updated, informative FAQ regarding the program is online.  More and updated documents regarding the program and resources for everyone are available in the Instructional Technology Documents Section.

During the last school year, the Technology Committee reviewed the current program and recommended to the Board of Education that it continue and be further expanded into the elementary school grades 2-4 during the 2016-17 school year.  The device chosen for the programs continuation this year is a Dell 3160 laptop, a "ruggedized" computer with a solid state hard drive, spill-proof keyboard, Gorilla-glass touch screen, and Windows 8.1.  Overall, the program has been expanded to include 1 to 1 tablets in the Elementary School Grades 2-5 with the addition of battery-keyboards and classroom carts (for in-school use only), and take-home laptops for grades 6 through 12.  Ordering and preparation of any new equipment began last year and preparation was completed over the summer.  Their deployment to students is now complete.

District one to one devices are issued for educational purposes only.  To insure the maximum integrity and flexibility of the one to one program, it is possible to install other programs on the devices.  Any program which is not in line with District educational goals or which is potentially disruptive to network operations will be removed or disabled upon discovery.  Students who do not use a school device at home will be issued one for use during the day, and still have access to the district online resources in Office 365 on any Internet enabled device.

Personal computing devices and associated peripherals are not supported by the district.

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Next Mandatory Password Change, Monday Apr. 10, 2017.

The next mandatory password reset and change for all staff will be on Apr. 10, 2017, watch here for updates. 

The change in password is effective for the shared password that is used for your computer login after power up and for your Office 365 / email account ONLY.  Other passwords, such as those for Schooltool, IEP Direct, Infomatic applications, etc. would NOT be affected.

When you first log into a computer in one of the schools on the password change date with your current password ), you will be prompted to change your password, simply follow the prompts. Note that passwords are CASE-SENSITIVE, i.e. if you use caps to type your password, you must use caps every time you log in.  You cannot re-use your old password; a new one must be supplied.  For security’s sake, it is recommended that you use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols in your password.

Regarding the password reset: - Note that at this time the change must be made from a computer WITHIN the District. For security reasons it cannot be done remotely.  All staff users who do not complete the change by Monday, May 8th, 2017 will have had their accounts disabled.  You will need to contact the IT office to re-enable access of any kind.

Accounts which are not re-enabled by the springtime password change in April are subject to deletion.

If you have any questions please contact the IT office at HS x1417 or x1407.  Thank you.

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NOTE! HS/MS Teachers - Individual Server Student Folders for all students are now grouped together in one directory for ease of access, and are no longer separated into "yearly" folders, which many users found confusing.  Thanks.

Graduating students may request to have the contents of their personal folders saved to a CD before graduation - Please Contact Mr. Harlin @ x1407 for details.

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NOTE! Seymour Smith Teachers - As was true last year, all students in Seymour Smith grades 2 - 5 will have their own login and storage area (Drive G:), just like the Middle and High Schools.  Student logins take the form FirstInitial.LastName. (e.g. j.jones)  and the first time they login they must use the password "Changeme1", then enter a new password to use.  If passwords are forgotten you may submit a password change request (below), to reset it to "Changeme1" again.

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 Service Submissions:  Due to changes in the Website, there is a new procedure for entering service requests.  All types of requests will use the same system, e.g. Service, Password Change, Equipment Relocation, New Equipment.  To cut down on the possibility of false requests, you MUST use your normal system login and password to access the system.

The address of the New Service Request System is:

  https://kbox1k.ppcsd.org

For Further Instructions, CLICK HERE

 

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Click for: In-District Technology Related Professional Development Opportunities!


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Excerpts from the 2015 District Technology Plan:

 

The mission of the technology plan is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. District-wide Programs and instructional approaches must be developed, implemented, nurtured, and supported in order to help students and teachers to become actively engaged in the learning of technological skills.  By combining supportive, responsive classroom methods with open access to resources, state-of-the-art technology, appropriate facilities, and staff who are trained and knowledgeable, all students should become life-long learners and productive members of society.The major goals of technology use in the Pine Plains Central School District as related to the educational experience are:
For each student to demonstrate the ability to acquire information from diverse sources utilizing current technology.
To process the information obtained into appropriate language, multi-media expressions and /or physical models.
To apply the information in order to make informed decisions.To disseminate the information and knowledge in many ways, utilizing the multiple forms and access methods that technology can provide.