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Apps and Subscriptions in Barrington 220 Q & A

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Barrington 220 manages well over 1.3 million app licenses and software subscriptions for our staff and students as of May 2017. We have made it easy for teachers to:
discover which apps and subscriptions we have (by grade level and topic).learn about app and subscription options and access.request new apps and subscriptions.
Please use this handy Q & A to learn more.

Q: How can I see which apps my students can download from Self-Service?

A: bit.ly/220apps is a complete list of apps available in Self Service (an app on Mac and iPad Barrington 220 uses to make most apps available to students and staff). The list includes a brief description of each app. Apps can be sorted by categories such as grade level, video creation, science, ELL support, and more. This document is open for anyone in Barrington 220 to access and sort. Updates are made every two weeks when apps are approved to be "scoped" (made available for a specific group of users to download).


Q: How can I see which …

Barrington 220 "Storyboard That" Pilot

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Have you been searching for an exciting new option to re-enforce English, history, special ed, STEM, ELL, & foreign languages; create graphic organizers; or create and deliver presentations? Storyboard That may have what you’re looking for. It’s a comic book, it’s a graphic organizer, it’s a versatile tool. Students can unleash their creativity, tell a story, create a visual representation, and model their thinking. Storyboard That is web-based, iPad-friendly, and great fun for teachers and students. 
Barrington 220 has been invited to participate in a pilot program that includes access to countless lesson plans and teacher guides for Grades K–12. Many of these have been created and shared by teachers just like you. Some examples include: assess student understanding of concepts and vocabulary in the book, Sarah Plain and Tallcreate a visual explaining math concepts

The user-friendly interface of Storyboard That makes it easy for students and teachers to get going immediately with…

Still Time to Complete Apple Teacher for PDH Credit

Barrington 220's Apple Teacher for PDH Credit program has been very well-received this year! We have had around 100 teachers participate in Apple Teacher for PDH Credit—but many, many more who completed the Apple Teacher program on their own or as part of a school-based initiative.

The Apple Teacher program includes excellent online, self-paced training that is specifically geared to classroom use for both iPad and Mac:

iPad
Pages for iPadKeynote for iPadNumbers for iPadiMovie for iPadGarageBand for iPadProductivity with iPadCreativity with iPadMac Online ActivitiesMac
Pages for MacKeynote for MacNumbers for MaciMovie for MacGarageBand for MacProductivity with MacCreativity with Mac
There is still time to complete the Barrington 220 program for PDH Credit!

If you are finished with your Apple Teacher badges...

We have added an extra date in the summer for the final meeting; thus, you may select one of two remaining options:
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:30–8:30 AM, James Street Main Confere…

Online Registration is Open

It is the time of year parents of students planning to return to Barrington 220 schools are asked to complete the annual registration process and update student and family information, while reviewing and accepting annual requests for parent permission.

Barrington 220 transitioned to online registration at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year and has continued to incorporate additional data collection into one single step for district parents. Parents have expressed appreciation for bringing everything to one source for their review and input. Online registration also increases efficiency by automatically bringing student and family data into Infinite Campus. This eliminates not only reams and reams of paper, but also many hours of data entry.

We are happy to report registration was processed for 978 students during the first 48 hours of online registration this year. You might find it informative to consider the different data collected and available for reporting from Infinite C…

New Staff MacBook Air Laptops Have Arrived!

As mentioned in a previous post by Dr. Matt Fuller, staff members who currently have a MacBook Air laptop will be switching to a new MacBook Air laptop prior to the close of the school year.  These new MacBook Air laptops have an Intel I5 processor, 8MB RAM, and 120GB solid state drives. That's plenty of "horsepower" for any apps that come our way! The best news is that we can now spec apps and systems based on one MacBook Air model that is used by all staff members.

The exchange process is already underway and is nearly complete at several of our schools including Countryside, Hough, and Barrington High School. With the help of building LTAs and district Techs, the transition has been quite smooth so far. Laptops are exchanged, data is moved, and the older laptops are placed in storage for several weeks for any “just in case” circumstances.

Your MacBook Air swap will take place within your building and your email inbox contains an email message from Mark Polzin asking y…

Flexible Learning Environments

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Barrington 220 teachers have long used classroom funds, and sometimes even personal funds, to create comfortable and functional classroom spaces. More recently, flexible learning environments have become more of a focus in education. As adults, we understand how choices we make about where we work can influence our productivity and creativity. Now, more and more teachers are helping students learn to make the same choices.

Last week, Becky Wiegel, Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning, hosted a visit from Northbrook School District 28 at Barbara Rose with principal Derek Straight. The visit, organized by Instructional Digital Age Learning (iDAL) Coach Eliza Aliotta, featured a presentation about how flexible learning environments play a vital role in both our teaching and learning programs. In addition to our One to World program's focus on flexible learning environments, we are currently exploring the future of facility design through our current Blueprint 220 planning ini…

Apple's Newest App: "Clips"

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Apple recently released Clips, a new creation-based video app. Clips makes video creation and editing, SO easy. Teachers and students of all ages and levels of experience can use Clips to easily create short video clips.

Here's a quick introductory video about Clips (from MacRumors):


Here are some of my favorite features about Clips:
Allows users to create short videos (or take photos) by pressing a big, red button and holding it for the duration of the clip.Overlays spoken text during a video clip recording on the screen. (This is amazing!)Provides filters (similar to Instagram) for both videos and photos.Allows the addition of stickers that can be resized and placed anywhere on the screen for taking photos or videos (similar to Snapchat).Allows text-only title screens.Easily allows deleting or reordering photos and video clips.Shares videos to Explain Everything, Book Creator, Seesaw, Schoology, the Photos app, and many more. Check out this awesome video, created by iDAL Coaches…