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Accessing FMX for Maintenance Requests

Maine Township High School District 207 is shifting from Eduphoria to FMX, another online tool, for the submission and tracking of maintenance requests. FMX is a specialized tool for such services and will create new efficiencies for our maintenance staff as well as providing better reporting. Follow these steps to login to FMX and submit your requests, as necessary.

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Accessing the Employee Portal in Skyward

Maine Township High School District 207 uses Skyward to manage Human Resources and Finance information. Skyward is widely used for these purposes in school districts throughout Chicago’s suburbs, Illinois, and across the United States. Each staff member can enter the Skyward “Employee Access Portal” online.

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New Google+

While the new look-and-feel for Google+ debuted late in 2015, it has been optional for users since that time. As August 2016 draws to a close, the new Google+ is now becoming the default Google+ experience. Continue reading “New Google+”

Basic steps to cultivating your PLN

The world today is smaller and more connected than ever before with technology and the Internet allowing people to share and learn from one another without the restrictions of time and place. While nearly 50 years of educational research has shown that the best schools are ones in which there is a high-level of teacher collaboration, social media allows us to not only learn from those with whom we live and work each day but from educators around the world. This collective brain power can super-charge teachers’ professional growth and student learning.

The term PLN has been coined to represent the network of people that an educator can build and cultivate both in-person and online in order to share with and learn from others organically and consistently as part of one’s day-to-day life and work. Continue reading “Basic steps to cultivating your PLN”

Google Classroom: Add a co-teacher

One of the most highly requested features following the initial roll-out of Google Classroom was the ability to add a co-teacher. Since Google added this feature, it has been used to great effect both in Maine 207 and in classrooms near and far. Continue reading “Google Classroom: Add a co-teacher”

Google Classroom: Student Enrollment

Enrolling students in a class in Google Classroom is very simple. Follow these steps: Continue reading “Google Classroom: Student Enrollment”

Google Classroom: Basics

Google Classroom logoSince Google released Classroom for teachers and students two years ago, it has been widely used in Maine Township High School District 207 and around the world. Over that time, Google has continued to take feedback directly from teachers to make improvements and changes to Classroom.

What is Google Classroom?
While Google created this video to provide an overview of Classroom when it was originally announced in May, we’ve described Classroom in the following terms: Continue reading “Google Classroom: Basics”

Publishing in New Google Sites

Since it was publicly released, Maine 207 students and staff members have had the ability to try and use the New Google Sites, which can be accessed at sites.google.com/new or via the red “Create” button within Google Drive. With the advent of Google Classroom, which cannot currently be viewed by parents unless they login with their children’s accounts, many Maine 207 teachers have expressed that Sites is a positive and efficient way to provide an always-available overview of the class for parents.

 

Google has, of course, produced its own brief overview video about New Sites.

Maine 207 teachers have already begun to create new Sites–for students and for parents, and some questions have been raised about the “correct” settings for publishing New Sites.

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Protect students & staff – Avoid phishing scams

Throughout history, scam artists have used the culture and technology of the day to do their work, and the 21st Century is no different. Today, email is often used, and much of the world’s problem with viruses and identity theft is the result, not of computer or technological issues, but of us actually clicking on something that we should not.

While Gmail is incredibly successful at identifying spam and preventing it from reaching the inboxes of users, it is still fairly easy in most cases to detect spam. In any case in which an email may be spam, it should simply be deleted.

Protecting the data of students and staff members is a critical responsibility of all District 207 staff members. Continue reading “Protect students & staff – Avoid phishing scams”

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