Department news

Self Service App Store Update
The Self Service App Store has over 450 apps currently available for students to download. A multi-departmental committee has reviewed the process for adding more and removing apps that are not being used. This leads to the following changes:

  1. The Self Service App Store has limited space and the priority for apps focuses on creation, quality and general use. The current set of apps is being reviewed to determine whether they meet these criteria. Some may be removed from Self Service, with advance notice in the Bridge. 
  2. Future apps added to Self Service will require an Apple ID password to download. This allows for a larger app store by improving the processing time for iPad set-up. The approved app list spreadsheet indicates apps with this requirement.
  3. To provide a clear timeframe for app additions, we are moving to a once-a-semester update of Self Service. During the 2015-16 second semester, all app addition requests must be submitted before Monday, Feb. 1. If approved, submitted apps will be added by Tuesday, March 1 pending a content and security review. Any currently pending apps will also be reviewed and, if approved, added at this time. App addition requests submitted after February 1 will not be reviewed or added this school year.

Access to paid apps will not be available this school year for staff and general education students.

iPad professional development opportunities available in 2016
Visit the Personalized Learning website for descriptions of upcoming iPad learning opportunities. Register for all courses through PDExpress.

Establishing a 1:1 iPad Environment
This course teaches staff the basics of using iPads and takes place during the school day. All SPPS licensed teaching staff are requested to attend. Teachers must request a sub and will receive recertification clock hours.

Course topics include: digital file sharing, classroom management, digital citizenship, the iPad Student Handbook and practical applications to teach students during the first weeks of using iPads in your classroom.

Upcoming courses:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 20
  • Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17
  • Tuesday, March 1

iPad Cafes
These monthly after-school sessions are geared toward the interests of participants. The Thursday, Jan. 7 session features Google Drive and Seesaw.

Other upcoming iPad Cafes sessions include:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9: iMovie
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10: Garageband
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16: Google Drive
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23: Keynote
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24: Numbers
  • Monday, Feb 29: Pages
  • Thursday, March 3: iBooks Author

The Personalized Learning Resources for Teachers and Staff web page also includes many iPad materials, such as:

  • One-page guides on the SPPS core apps and a list of all the apps in Self Service
  • Links to lessons for setting up classroom iPad routines
  • Self-paced learning opportunities on iPad basics, Apps and Google Drive

Sign up for the yumPower Staff Challenge
The yumPower Staff Challenge kicks off on Monday, Feb. 8. The goal of the challenge is to increase the number of fruits and vegetables you eat each day.  Keep track daily with this four week challenge.

Personal resilience workshop begins Jan. 25
SPPS is partnering with the Sand Creek Group’s Employee Assistance program to offer a three-part series designed to help people enhance their natural resilience, making them less likely to develop problems with depression and other chronic diseases associated with stress.

Resilience is the ability to adapt and recover quickly after a hardship has taken place. A resilient person is better able to sustain physical and psychological health when faced with life’s challenges.

The Resiliency Workshop will take place at Benjamin E. Mays IB World School.

Register for the Resiliency Workshop at Benjamin E. Mays

  • Class one: 4-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25
  • Class two: 4-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1
  • Class three: 4-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8