End of School Year Technology Guide - Summer 2021
Please share with your staff and review this important information as you prepare for the end of the school year and summer break.
If you have any questions or to request technical support, please contact the OTIS Service Desk at support.pps.net, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 503-916-3375. Please submit all requests as early as possible for the coming school year.
Google Takeout for Schools
For high school seniors that are graduating, teachers who are taking a job at a new school district, or educators that are retiring after many years of service, you will want to transfer your PPS district Google data and take it with you. Google Takeout for Schools is a very simple and free tool that will copy the emails and Drive files from your school account over to either a personal Gmail account or another G Suite for Education account. See Eric Curts’ website for more information and details. *HS seniors have from six months until after they graduate to access their data and staff have until their last day of employment to access theirs.*
Digital Tools/Digital Toolkit Summer Access
Schools may be interested in communicating to families about access to digital tools during the summer months. Please feel free to use the paragraphs below in your newsletters, personalizing as appropriate.
Students will have access to most PPS Digital Toolkit applications during the summer. Students who enroll in summer school may notice changes in some applications once summer school begins. Most PPS Digital Toolkit applications will remain active until the end of July. Applications may be temporarily unavailable at the beginning of August as PPS shifts to the 2021-2022 school year.
My.PPS will replace CLEVER portal in August 2021
PPS will be moving from Clever to using My.PPS (my.pps.net) as a district-wide portal. Students using QR Clever badges to log in to Chromebooks will no longer be able to use their Clever badge once the change to My.PPS is complete. Students will need their PPS username and password to log in to their Chromebooks until they are issued a new Quickcard (QR code) at the start of school.
Please note that during the summer months, teachers are not active inside the digital tools and applications. Parents should be aware of what students are doing online. Parents may find the Securly application and digital and civic literacy resources helpful.
Summer Education Technology Learning Opportunities
Save the date!
- Canvas PDX Summit - June 22-23, 2021
The Canvas PDX Summit is the ideal place for Canvas users of every kind to learn, share and create. This summit, sponsored by Portland Public Schools, is a place founded on collaboration and fun. Participants are able to earn Canvas badges, receive PDU certificates and network with other Canvas users.
The Canvas PDX Summit, Summer Edition, will be held virtually June 22-23, 2021. We are bringing together Canvas administrators, teacher leaders and support specialists from Oregon and Washington to discuss and explore Canvas use in education and your classroom. Some of the topics to be discussed will include the future of elementary in Canvas, sharing resources in the Canvas Commons, MasteryConnect in Canvas and more. Interested in being a presenter? Showcase and highlight you and your district by being a presenter! We are officially accepting applications for proposals for our 3rd Canvas PDX Summit. If you or your organization are interested in presenting, please visit our Call for Proposals page to get started.
All technology purchase orders for 2020-21 were to be submitted by May 3 for delivery by June 30. Equipment that is expected to arrive after June 30 will be shipped to the central warehouse and delivered to schools in August.
VoIP phones cannot be moved to a different room or site, unless directed by OTIS Telecom. Doing so will impact response to emergency calls or broadcasts from that phone. Please contact the OTIS Service Desk before moving any phone to another room.
PPS has two types of staff voicemail accounts, “Classroom/Office” and “Named”.
Classroom/Office voicemail accounts are assigned to the phone rather than to a named staff member in order to eliminate the time staff must wait for voicemail service at the start of the school year. This means that teachers/staff can set up their own voicemail name, greeting, and PIN, and no longer need to wait months for their personal voicemail account to be assigned to their phone. Staff who don't have their name displayed on their phone will need to copy any voicemails that need to be saved on or before June 15th, as their voicemail accounts will be re-set after June 15th. If your name is displayed on the phone, the voicemail account will not be re-set unless requested by a School secretary.
Named accounts are assigned to the following staff groups, and changes to names or phone services must be submitted by secretaries through Phone Change Manager:
School Principals and Main Office Secretaries.
Staff whose phone extensions begin with 6
High School staff whose phone extensions begin with 8.
Staff located at an Administrative site.
If your school is adding new classrooms for the 2021-22 school year (not related to school modernization), please contact the OTIS Service Desk before June 18 indicating the room number and teacher name if known.
School Construction and Moves
If your school will be under construction or changing programs or locations during the summer, you will receive separate instructions on preparing to store or move your technology equipment.
District Cell Phones
Please contact our Mobile Devices team at email@example.com if a District cell phone will not be in use over the summer so that your school or program will not be charged for service during this time. More information about cell phones is available here.
If you need to have your copier(s) moved over the summer, please contact the OTIS Service Desk as soon as possible, no later than June 30. We'll also help determine whether or not the new location has sufficient electricity and network connectivity.
Staff Accounts/New Staff
All active PPS employees will have continued access to PPS systems, including email, GSuite, PeopleSoft Employee Self-Service, Pepper, Aesop, and Synergy over the summer. If you haven’t already signed up for Two-factor authentication, now is a good time to do so to provide continuous access to Employee Self-Service over the summer.
New employees will receive their accounts once they are added to the HR system and assigned an employee ID number. Account changes for employees changing positions should also take effect once the change is reflected in the HR system.
Non-employee/contractor accounts expire at the end of the contract term and the PPS contract manager will renew the account if appropriate.
Remember to register with the PPS Password Manager by visiting password.pps.net. You will then be able to easily reset your own password if needed when you return after summer break.
Student accounts remain active during the summer. Seniors' accounts will stay active for six months after graduation.
Storage of Technology
All mobile devices, including Chromebooks, iPads, and laptops, must be stored in a secure area of the school when not in use. Mobile device carts are to be unplugged, locked, and placed in a secure central area that is not subject to constant high temperatures with no ventilation.
Mobile devices that are taken home over the summer are the responsibility of the person to whom they are assigned. It is the responsibility of each administrator to make sure that all equipment is checked-out and returned for school startup.
If you are transferring to a new location, please store files you need in your Google drive before you move. Teachers - your chromebook will go with you to your new school. Other staff - your mobile device stays at the current location.
All tech bundle components are to remain secured to the cart and the cart placed in a secure area. The cart is to be placed away from windows, especially if the room is on the first floor.
Please be SURE to save any data you want to retain from your local hard drive to your Google drive. If you need assistance with backing up your data to Google Drive, please visit our Solution Articles to guide you through the process: How to Backup Your Data From a PC to Google Drive and How to Backup Your Data From OS X to Google Drive.
To save on computer wear and tear and power consumption, please turn off the computers at your school as you leave for the summer. Should some systems be missed, OTIS will attempt to shut them down remotely starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 25, 2021. All systems will start back up normally by simply pressing the power button.
Pickup and recycling of obsolete computer equipment can be requested here. If you are unsure whether older equipment is still usable, minimum standards are available here or you can contact the OTIS Service Desk.
OTIS Maintenance Schedule
PPS OTIS systems will be down for regular maintenance during the summer weekends in July and August. Please watch for emails about maintenance weekends.
Computer Labs Updates and Moves
If your lab computers are in need of maintenance, please submit a detailed request to the OTIS Service Desk. Please include the location of the lab, how many computers are in the lab, and the work you would like to occur, such as cable cleanup, re-imaging, or hardware repairs. An OTIS Service Desk representative will contact you before summer break with any questions about your request.
If you are considering moving or creating a computer lab or adding/moving electrical outlets or data drops, you must first contact Facilities to have this work planned and implemented. Please fill out and submit a Facilities Project Development Request and someone from Facilities will be in touch with you to discuss next steps.
Refer to the Synergy Resources for End of Year Instructions and watch for emails concerning year-end Synergy processes for enrollment, final grading, graduation, and scheduling.
School Web pages
Please review and update your building's "School News & Announcements", "Message from the Principal", "Staff Contact", and Calendar pages to ensure they will be relevant for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Remind communication platform will remain accessible over the summer. Users have the option to ‘archive’ their old classes, which hides them from view. Additionally, users can download a copy of their message history for their own records. Next year classes will sync automatically in August along with the other Clever applications.
Back-to-School Tech Visits
Technical Support Representatives still plan to visit schools during the summer to check on technology in the classrooms.
- Canvas PDX Summit - June 22-23, 2021