Week of 2/15-2/19

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The weeks just keeping rolling along. It’s hard to believe that February is quickly coming to a close. This week started with a day full of learning with the district staff development day. There were many great and different learning opportunities on Monday. There were so many great things happening that it’s unfortunate we don’t have the chance to learn everything. Even with the shortened week and the year moving along quickly, the awesomeness in the classrooms continues. There are a lot of iPad and laptop projects happening on campuses. Students participating in GPS activities (great time of the year for geocaching).

At a Glance:

College Board and Khan Academy website

College Board has been reaching out to students who have taken the PSAT/NMSQT® to let them know they have an advantage that no student has had before. For the first time ever, they can connect the results of their PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT™ 8/9 directly to Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy® to create a free personalized practice plan just for them, focusing on improving the specific skills that will help them do their absolute best on the SAT. College Board has learned that when schools engage in this process, students are more likely to take advantage of this great resource and practice. And the sooner they start practicing, the more ready they are on SAT test day.


Netflix and Prime Streaming

This a repeat from last fall, but it’s worth the repeat as this question has come up frequently in the past couple weeks: “Will the district unblock Netflix or Amazon Prime Video?”  In short, “No!”  There are multiple reasons for Netflix staying blocked within LCISD:

  1. Streaming video is very hard on network resources (bandwidth).  To support HD streaming from these services, it would cost millions.
  2. Potential copyright infringement.  Showing a movie in a school without a proper licensing agreement is a violation of copyright; this includes the DVD you purchased at Walmart.  A movie purchased for home is for private viewing.  A school is considered a public environment.  Copyright is a very complex set of laws.  There are situations where you can show a personal DVD at school; however these rules do not apply to Netflix or Amazon Prime.
  3. Terms of service violation.  Showing anything from Netflix or Amazon Prime videos in a public environment is a violation of their terms of service.  Even if copyright and bandwidth weren’t an issue, Netflix and Amazon do not allow for streaming of movies in a public environment.  We have no way to change how they conduct their business.


Tech Tip – Creating an Outlook Signature

An automatic signature within an Outlook message is always convenient. A signature will save you time by not having to type your closing information on every e-mail. Here is the process for creating a signature using desktop Outlook.

  1. Open desktop Outlook
  2. Click File
  3. Click Options
  4. Select Mail on the left side
  5. Click the Signatures button on the right
  6. Click the New button on the box that appears
  7. Name your signature
  8. Click OK
  9. Create your custom signature
  10. Click OK à OK