Tech Knowledge

  1. To Delete the PowerTest app
  2. Canvas
  3. The New App Request Process

If you completed the PowerTest settings incorrectly, please follow the below directions.

  1. Open PowerTest on the iPad
  2. Tap and hold the computer icon in the bottom left corner of the screen until a box appears with a blinking cursor. (It’ll seem like you’re holding it a long time—could be 15 seconds.)
  3. Type “help” followed by today’s date backward (e.g. Today is the 19th, so help91 for today. If today were the 4th, you’d type help40.)
  4. The Diagnostic Panel will open on the left side of the screen. Click the Settings button in the upper left of that panel.
  5. Location Selection menu will open
  6. Tap United States
  7. Tap Virginia
  8. Tap Arlington. The Client Code box should now read VA_ARLINGTON
  9. Tap Apply (This step crucial!)
  10. Tap OK

Some PowerSchool screenshots of this are available here: http://aahelp.powerschool.com/administering-an-assessement/powertest/ipad-itest-app/change-selected-district-2/


Canvas Tips:

  • Teachers, your courses are divided up by section/mod/period.
  • The SIS import provided Canvas with mod/period numbers, and Canvas thereby create sections within a single course/class. The gradebook can be sorted by section, students’ sections are visible under “people”, and assignments can be section specific.

Canvas & Canvas Training:

  • All teachers will have an opportunity to dig more deeply into Canvas on August 29 during the Day of Learning. Options will include:
  • Canvas 101: a more in-depth session presented by a Canvas trainer, one session will be held from 8:30-11:30 and a repeated session will take place from 12:30-3:30
    • Canvas 101 online: this will be a self-driven online module for which teachers can sign-up for either their morning or afternoon learning session
    • Canvas Sandbox: this will be a session for teachers to build their courses and organize modules with other teachers and a facilitator
  • You can access some preliminary training videos at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-11186-instructor-self-paced-video-resources. You will have to set up your account. Just use your APS email.

Canvas & Google Classroom App:

  • iPad Google Classroom App – Upon further reflection and conversation, DOI has decided to make the Google Classroom App an option and teachers can apply to use it through the Digital Resource Approval process that we are using for all other applications. If the rationale for use of Google Classroom includes ways in which it will be used and specific features that are not available in Canvas, then we will make it available.  If the request is a replication of Canvas features, then we will coach teams on how to use those features in Canvas.

Teachers Classes in Canvas:

  • If teachers log-in to Canvas and do not see their courses and/or students, it is because they have not yet been scheduled in Synergy or the sync is being processed. Once they are scheduled in Synergy, it will pull into Canvas that evening and courses will be populated. Teachers should not attempt to manually enroll students.
    • ITC is available to conduct short Canvas PD at CLT meetings
    • Canvas PD Monday – Thursday, 2:30 – 3:00 PM or later upon request
    • Individual sessions – requested through 2847

New App Request Process

The basic process:

  • Teacher submits a request
  • I receive an email and a form to complete
  • Then DOI receives an email and a form to complete
  • If approved by DOI, then the teacher, me, and the principal will receive an email and will inform the teacher on how to proceed.
  • ALL apps that were installed at the school level of Swanson’s MDM environment, have been unassigned from all Smart Groups.
  • EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, NO APPS MAY BE INSTALLED AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL WITHOUT RECEIVING APPROVAL VIA THIS PROCESS. Teachers may begin to submit requests.

Canvas & Canvas Training:

  • All teachers will have an opportunity to dig more deeply into Canvas on August 29 during the Day of Learning. Options will include:
    • Canvas 101: a more in-depth session presented by a Canvas trainer, one session will be held from 8:30-11:30 and a repeated session will take place from 12:30-3:30
    • Canvas 101 online: this will be a self-driven online module for which teachers can sign-up for either their morning or afternoon learning session
    • Canvas Sandbox: this will be a session for teachers to build their courses and organize modules with other teachers and a facilitator

Canvas & Google Classroom App:

  • iPad Google Classroom App – Upon further reflection and conversation, DOI has decided to make the Google Classroom App an option and teachers can apply to use it through the Digital Resource Approval process that we are using for all other applications. If the rationale for use of Google Classroom includes ways in which it will be used and specific features that are not available in Canvas, then we will make it available.  If the request is a replication of Canvas features, then we will coach teams on how to use those features in Canvas.

Teachers Classes in Canvas:

  • If teachers log-in to Canvas and do not see their courses and/or students, it is because they have not yet been scheduled in Synergy or the sync is being processed. Once they are scheduled in Synergy, it will pull into Canvas that evening and courses will be populated. Teachers should not attempt to manually enroll students.
    • ITC is available to conduct short Canvas PD at CLT meetings
    • Canvas PD Monday – Thursday, 2:30 – 3:00 PM or later upon request
    • Individual sessions – requested through 2847