Looking ahead in ’14 – ’15

binocularsWhat lies ahead for technology in West Des Moines Schools during the ’13 – ’14 school year?

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the big picture things we’re looking at for this school year.


Current projects/goals for 2014-2015 :

Instructional Technology

  • Deploy classrooms Chromebooks carts to all 7th, 8th, and 9th Language Arts and Social Studies classrooms to complement their recent curriculum adoptions and to increase student access at these grade levels.
  • Move to the state-wide Moodle system to provide the latest version of Moodle for those who are using the product.
  • Complete the refresh of the staff laptop, including bringing in all older laptops that are still deployed.
  • Following the Chromebook launch, discuss potential strategies and steps for the most efficient method of increasing student access at Valley High School.
  • Following up on last year’s special ed technology access audit and make adjustments to locations as needed.
  • Provide district-wide training on Google Apps and other formative assessment tools on Sept 15th professional development day.

Administrative Technology

  • Research additional or replacement on-line registration tools
  • Conduct district-wide print study to ensure we have full understanding of usage, needs, and potential savings areas.
  • Release RFP for refreshing both print shop and district-wide copiers
  • Continue expansion of Time Clock Plus usage for other audiences and purposes.
  • Implementation of new district-wide online payment system (replacing revTrak)

Infrastructure Technology

  • Replacement of all district-wide wireless access points.
  • Replacement of the districts firewall and perimeter network security.

Communications Technology

  • Complete the re-design and launch of all school web sites into WordPress.
  • Research and possibly re-design the districts online calendar options
  • Evaluate and discuss the possibility of moving from Microsoft Exchange to Google for district-wide email services for all staff.

Where did the Grade Book Beta GO?

If you used the Grade Book Beta version within Infinite Campus last year, you are probably wondering where it went.

With this summer’s upgrade to Infinite Campus, several changes have taken place to the  overall look at feel of Campus for staff.  NOTE: no changes were made the student/parent interface, just the version that staff use.

To find the Grade Book, look in the upper right corner of the screen…  Click on the icon with the small white squares (App Icon).






Then click on Campus Instruction Beta…







The Grade Book and other instructional tools are now located all in this one area.

Q1.  Why did they do this?
A1.  Campus is working create one location where all teacher/classroom tools will be located, so that teachers will have all the tools they need in one place.

Q2.  What about the old Java based grade book, where is it?
A2.  It is still available, but in the section it was before.  NOTE: you should only use the new grade book OR the old grade book, you should NOT jump back and forth between the two.

Q3.  When is the district providing training on the grade book?
A3.  We’ll have sessions running through out the day during the Sept 15th professional development day.