Author Archives: Brian Abeling

About Brian Abeling

Director of Technology, serving West Des Moines Community Schools

Will Parents Need to Sign Off Before a School Device is Sent Home with Students?

Will Parents Need to Sign Off Before a School Device is Sent Home with Students?

Answer:  Yes  

There will be one standardized form used at all schools.  It will be available to schools as an electronic form and we’ll produce a pdf copy in case a printed version is needed.  Schools are welcome to determine how/when the forms will be collected.  

Draft of the form is available at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFOx0n9pTWLRABYMWzOR6cKzynG0sOdoI4d-xbjFZlKJ-AZg/viewform

 

 

What are the replacement costs if a chromebook is lost?

The district has set the cost of replacements – a standardized price for all schools/students.
Replacement of chromebook   $160.00
Replacement of charger   $23.00
Replacement of carry case/protective shield $18.00

What Are the Training Plans Related To Canvas/1:1 for the 2017-18 School Year?

Here’s our draft plan for upcoming training in 16-17 related to Canvas and 1:1

 

October 9:  half day of Canvas training

Morning session:  300 secondary staff,  8am to 11:30am, held at VSW.  We are planning on 10 trainers (8 from Canvas, 2 from WDM Schools).  We’ll offer levels 1 through 4 from Kung Fu Canvas and staff will select the level that meets their needs.  We’re expecting 25 to 30 per section and we will assign 2 teacher leaders to each session, giving us 1 trainer and 2 assistants for each section.   The sessions will run the entire time from 8am to 11:30am, as we would like time for instruction and hands-on, as we feel it’s important that you have time to use and practice what you have learned  (we could compare that to prior sessions that were just one hour long, when we only tossed content at you, there wasn’t enough time for practice and usage)

 

Afternoon session:  200 elementary staff (grades 3 thu 6), held at VSW.  We’ll need 10 large areas, as we have 10 trainers (8 from Canvas, 2 from WDM schools).  We’ll offer levels 1 through 4 from Kung Fu Canvas and staff will select the level that meets their needs.  We’re expecting 15 to 20 per section and we would like to assign 2 teacher leaders to each session, giving us 1 trainer and 2 assistants for each section.   The sessions will run the entire time from 12:30pm to 4pm, as we would like time for instruction and hands-on, as we feel it’s important that you have time to use and practice what you have learned  (we could compare that to prior sessions that were just one hour long, when we only tossed content at you, there wasn’t enough time for practice and usage)

 

Why are we using trainers from Canvas instead of our own people?
Since Canvas is relatively new to our staff, most of our lead Canvas users want to receive training rather than provide training, so we are bringing in certified Canvas trainers.  In future sessions (Jan and Feb), we’ll be moving away from outside trainers and move towards our own internal trainers.

 

Can’t do we a full day of training on Oct 9th instead of just a half day?
This option was reviewed, but we do not have enough trainers for a full day of training. It would take 25 total trainers to cover the 500+ staff members, we simply do not have access to 25 trainers who are ready to teach the six different levels that are needed.

 

January PD day

Audience: 200 Elementary staff

AM session:  8am to 11:30am,   10 sessions available offering levels 2 through 6 from Kung Fu Canvas

PM session:  12:30pm to 4pm   10 sessions available offering levels 3  through 6 from Kung Fu Canvas

 

February PD day

Audience: 300 secondary staff

AM session:  8am to 11:30am,   10 sessions available offering levels 2 through 6 from Kung Fu Canvas

PM session:  12:30pm to 4pm   10 sessions available offering levels 3 through 6 from Kung Fu Canvas

 

Besides Oct, Jan, and Feb, what other training opportunities exist?

Summer 2017: Numerous courses that related to Canvas and 1:1 available at:  https://wdmsummer2017.sched.com/

 

August 2017:  One-day training and prep work related to Canvas for all instructional coaches and PDCFs