End of School Year Technology Guide - Summer 2019
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.
NEW for 2019-20:
These new, improved services will be available for PPS schools for the 2019-20 school year.
GSuite Account Changes
PPS GSuite staff and student accounts will be moving from “apps4pps.net” to “pps.net” over the summer. Please watch for more information to be available here soon.
New Teacher Chromebooks
New Chromebooks will be distributed to PPS educators for the start of the 2019-20 school year. Based on teacher feedback, the new model will have a larger 14” display and will also have a touchscreen. More information will be provided next month.
Visitor Management System
Schools will have a new visitor check-in system for 2019-20, through a collaborative effort on the part of the OTIS Department, Strategic Partnerships Office, and Security Services Department. School administrators will receive more information in August.
A much improved Dashboard will be implemented over the summer, bringing streamlined access to important learning data.
Our new Learning Technologies Team will be working with each school to advance technology integration in our classrooms to better support our students and educators. Following are some opportunities and helpful information.
Google Takeout Transfer
As the end of the school year approaches, graduating seniors, retiring staff and others moving out of the district may want to copy/move their Google content to a personal account. Follow the directions here or here for transferring your stuff.
End-of-Year Google Classroom Clean-Up Tips
Check out these helpful tips, and video, from Eric Curts.
For K-3 classroom teachers using Clever Badges, please see the information listed under the Clever Badges section of this webpage.
-- Summer Education Technology Learning Opportunities --
This year’s Camp Chromebook will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Northwest Regional ESD in Hillsboro, OR. This is a free professional learning opportunity for any educators interested in learning more about Google Apps and G Suite for Education tools and how to integrate them into your classroom instruction using best practices and relevant strategies. All levels welcome. Sessions will be posted on the website when the schedule is finalized. Visit the Camp Chromebook website for more information.
Register here for the event to save your spot! We also need volunteers to facilitate sessions–do that here. ALL educators are welcome. Please help us spread the word and share this with any interested colleagues.
About the camp:
- Will run from 8am - 1pm for a full day of fun.
- Bring your own device (Chromebook or laptop recommended).
- Four session times, each one 55 minutes long; each session time slot will have multiple workshops to choose from, you pick what you want to learn more about.
- PDUs will be available.
Google Certified Educator Level 1
Are you interested in becoming a Google Certified Educator Level 1? If you're an educator who knows how to use Google tools in the classroom, this certification proves your proficiency. You can study for the exam using these skills checklists from Eric Curts or you can take the exam if you’re ready and OTIS will pay the $10 certification fee! If you’d like to take the exam during the summer, contact Melissa Lim for an exam voucher code at email@example.com, 503-916-3030. There will also be exam times on PPS Pepper where you can come take the exam in the Wallowa Lab at the BESC.
All technology purchase orders for 2018-19 were to be submitted by May 1 for delivery by June 30, per the Finance Year-end memo. 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.
- School Counselors
- New Classrooms
If your school is adding new classrooms for the 2019-20 school year (not related to school modernization), please contact the OTIS Service Desk before June 5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 a new Account form will need to be submitted when the contract is renewed.
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, and student passwords will be reset in August to new default settings that will be communicated to authorized school staff.
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 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. 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 note: Tech Bundle computers not already updated to Windows 10 will be updated over the summer, so make sure that you have backup copies of any software or files.
Please be SURE to move any data you want to retain from your local hard drive to Google drive. Local hard drives are subject to any number of environmental factors (power surges, malicious usage, theft) that could result in data loss. Moving your data to Google Drive will help protect your data from being lost. 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 28, 2019. 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 of July 12-14, July 26-28, and August 9-11, 2019. Please review the 2019-2020 maintenance schedule at this link to view the dates when planning next school year’s events.
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 page and watch for emails concerning year-end Synergy processes for enrollment, final grading, graduation, and scheduling. The Synergy End of Year Instructions will be posted on the resources page by the end of May.
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 2019-2020 school year.
Back-to-School Tech Visits
Technical Support Representatives will be visiting every school during the summer to help address technology needs for the start of school.