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Below is a list of common things you can receive technology support for.  Please note it is not limited to this list, if you need assistance with something but aren’t sure if we can help, feel free to ask!

  • Technology hardware installation, repair, issues, and assistance
    • Computers
    • Printers
    • Laptops
    • Laptop Carts
    • Projectors
    • Smartboards
    • Phones (Polycoms)
    • Monitors
    • Other external computer hardware (speakers, webcams, mice/keyboards, document cameras, etc.)
  • Software installation, repair, issues, and assistance
    • Installing new software
    • Upgrading software
    • Using software/training
  • Technology Use assistance
    • System training (Aspen, Google, Smart notebook, etc.)
    • Device training/assistance (Document Cameras, Smartboard, Projectors, etc.)
  • Website Filtering
    • Blocking/unblocking websites
  • Wireless
    • Connection assistance
    • Issues
  • Network
    • Issues
    • Connections
    • New drop installations
  • Printer Toner/Ink replacement
  • And more!

Upcoming after school trainings:

  • 3/21/17 – Google Calendar Training (MES Room 118 – 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM)
  • 3/22/17 – Smart AMP Training (MES Lab 220 – 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM)
  • 3/23/17 – Smart AMP Training (JSHS Room 118 – 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM)
  • 3/28/17 – Smart Notebook 16.2 Update Training (MES Lab 220 – 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM)
  • 3/29/17 – Smart Notebook 16.2 Update Training (JSHS Lab 118- 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM)

Trainings have been added to Aspen for signups to receive PDP’s.

As always, check the Training Calendar for more info!

Prior to signing up for PD events through Aspen you must set up your PD Plan and Goals so they align to the district PD Goals.   These are your SMART goals that you should already have, the majority of this is copying and pasting the information into the proper locations.

ALL Users – Mandatory Setup

Login to Aspen, change your view to Staff if you aren’t there by default and have multiple views.

Click on the “My Info” top tab:

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Click on the “PD Plans” side-tab:

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If this is your first time setting up your PD plan click on Options – > Add.
Otherwise click on the PD plan’s Renewal Date that exists to modify it if you already have one.
For the rest of this tutorial we will assume you are creating a brand new one and do not already have an existing PD Plan.

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Enter your license renewal date into the Renewal Date field.  If you are not a teacher/do not have a teaching license, enter a FUTURE DATE and click save.

Teaching Staff ONLY, Aides/Support Staff STOP HERE

Enter the information for the PD plan.  For the license number field, click the magnifying glass on the side of it to select your license OR type the license number in.

If there is no license number showing up when you click the magnifying glass you can look up your license number by clicking on the [LICENSES] side-tab.If no license is present in either of those locations, please contact the Superintendent’s office to have your licensure information updated in the system.

You can enter the number of points/information you require for your upcoming renewal so the system can automatically keep track of your progress for you.When complete click Save (you can modify this information at any time by going back to the PD Plans sidetab.

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Entering your PD Goals (Smart Goals)

Once your plan is created you can now set up your PD goals. These are your SMART Goals that align to district goals.  Click on “Personal Goals” under the PD Plans side-tab:

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Go to options -> Add to create a new goal.  Once created you can return here and modify/update any of your goals:

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Enter the information for your SMART Goals.

  • The Identifier field can be anything you want it to be such as “Goal 1, Goal 2, Goal A, Goal B, etc.”
  • The Goal field is the name/title of the SMART goal you are creating.
  • The Description field is the contents/information of the SMART goal you are creating

When finished entering your SMART goal information click the “Add” button under the “Aligned District and School Goals” section to align this SMART goal to a district PD goal:
Click the [Magnifying Glass] icon to look up the district PD goals, select the proper one to match your goal, and click OK.  When finished click Save to save your goal.You can get more information on the district PD goals by visiting the “PD” top tab, “District Goals” side-tab and clicking on a goal.

 

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Now that you have your SMART goal(s) created you can create an Action Plan on how you plan to achieve that goal.  Click on “Action Plans” under the PD Plans side-tab:

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Setting Up Your Action Plan

Go to options -> Add to create a new action plan.  Once created you can return here and modify/update any of your action plans:

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Enter the information for your action plan.
The Identifier can be anything you want it to be such as “Goal 1A”
The Primary checkbox designates that this corresponds to your primary area of certification.

When finished entering the action plan information, click the “Add” button under the “Aligned Personal Goals” area to select the SMART goal to align this plan with.
Click the [Magnifying Glass] icon to look up your SMART goals you created earlier, select the proper one to match your new action plan, and click OK.  When finished click Save to save your action plan:

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You can return to any of the locations in this tutorial to modify, update, or add new goals/action plans.  Now that you have your PDP, Goals, and Action Plans created you can signup for PD going on in the district.  Please see the PD Activity Request tutorial for more information.