Information and Instructional Technology Overview

The Information and Instructional Technology Department of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District serves and supports over 4,700 students and staff with data, voice, video and a rich computing environment. We strive to enable our users by providing superior technical service, and to empower them with information and solutions. Please explore our departmental website to find news, tutorials, documentation, and a variety of other resources.

The mission of Baldwin-Whitehall School District's Information Technology Department is to plan, build, maintain and support technology for our students, staff, and throughout the organization. As a team of professionals, we provide strategic leadership and guidance to the organization; we listen, anticipate and respond to the needs of the district, its staff and students. We engineer and facilitate solutions to bring about improved efficiencies and productivity across all administrative, instructional, and operational departments. Our commitment is to enable effective and efficient use of technology as part of the community's investment in educating children.

BWSD Information & Instructional Technology Weebly Site

Help Desk

Help Desk

The Information and Instructional Technology Department utilizes the Service Desk system to manage help desk requests from all district employees.

Service Desk can be access by clicking here.

Below is a document that provides an overview of Service Desk and directions regarding submitting a help desk ticket. You can also watch a quick tutorial below. How to Submit a Help Desk Ticket



Staff

Dr. Janeen Peretin

Director of Information and Instructional Technology
@janeenperetin

Brian Durica

Technology Integration Specialist

David Green

Network & Information Systems Administrator
@bwdavidgreen

Catherine Jones

Data Specialist

Cole Afionis

Level 1 Technician

Rhonda Firek

Level 1 Technician

Adam Nuhfer

Level 2 Technician

Karen Suchy

Level 2 Technician

Technology Fund

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District invites you to consider making a donation to our Technology Fund for which all proceeds will benefit the over 4,225 students in the District. Your donations will be used to help us with various initiatives such as:

· Our 1-1 initiative for students in grades 9-12.

· Renovating district spaces such as J.E. Harrison Middle School’s Unified Arts wing to make it the Maker Space of the future!

Through grant funding and generous donations, we have been able to make some of our dreams come to life in spaces such at the IKS Highlander and Mission Ops Classroom of the Future. You can see firsthand how we have used these funds to reimagine the traditional classroom experience for our students by visiting ikshighlander.weebly.com-we think that you’ll agree with us when we say that the students’ learning is truly out of this world!

Not only will your kind and generous support enhance your brand recognition within the District community, you will also help us to pave the way for the future success of our students. Please, help us make a difference for future generations of Highlanders and become a donor today.

Donation Opportunities

Highlander Sponsor: Fund a District Program or Space: $10,000

Purple and White Sponsor: $5,000

Cloud Sponsor: $3,500

Terabyte Sponsor: $1,000

Gigabyte Sponsor: $500

Megabyte Sponsor: $250

Kilobyte Sponsor: $100

“51” Bytes Sponsor: $51

Donations can be made electronically using the e-funds for School system (https://goo.gl/S4Lj0I) or by check made payable to: The Baldwin-Whitehall School District, Memo line: Technology Fund.

Please mail checks to:

Baldwin-Whitehall School District

Attention: Janeen Peretin

4900 Curry Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15236

For more information, please contact Karen L. Brown, Board of School Directors President, at kbrown@bwschools.net or Dr. Janeen Peretin, Director of Information and Instructional Technology at 412-885-7800 or at jperetin@bwschools.net. Thank you for your meaningful support of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District and its future!

Directions to Create an E-funds account

Discounted Internet Access

Comcast offers discounted internet access to eligible families through their Internet Essentials program. You can learn more by clicking here.


Summer Camps

Registration is now open!

Dear Parents of Students in Grades K-8,

Please see the 2017 Brochure link below for information regarding our 2017 Highlander Summer Camps for kids! In this, our fourth summer offering programming, we have expanded both the number and the type of opportunities for your children.

The camps offer students opportunities to explore various aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in a fun and engaging environment while also providing them with opportunities to learn about leading a healthy life. New this year, we have an offering for our future little Highlanders, with a session for children who are 4 or 5 years old.

Our students always have a wonderful experience! You can see for yourself some of the great memories made over the past three summers if you check out a few of our student created videos listed below.

You can also access the registration link by visiting this site: bit.ly/HighlanderCamps

If you prefer to pay using a credit card or your checking account, you can use the e-Funds for schools account (used for lunch accounts) by clicking here. Be sure to select the "Summer Camps" item in order to submit payment to the proper account.

We hope to see you this summer!

Summer Camp Brochure

Summer Camp Highlights

Seniors: G Suite Takeout Directions

Seniors please remember that your Baldwin-Whitehall student G Suite Account (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) will be deleted at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. It is important for you to make a copy of your work in order to take it with you. Google Takeout is a wonderful tool provided by Google that allows you to download all of your work from Drive and take it with you. This process does take some time depending on how much data you plan to download from your Google account. We suggest that you complete this process at home so that your downloaded data is on a personal computer.

Google Takeout Website: https://www.google.com/settings/takeout

Tips

You can choose how you want to download your data from Google. If you plan to upload items from your District Google Drive to your personal Google account, it is recommended to download data as Microsoft files. For items in your Google Drive, Google Documents will be downloaded as Microsoft Word files, Google Sheets will be downloaded as Microsoft Excel files, and Google Presentations will be downloaded as Microsoft PowerPoint files. Google Forms do not download when using Takeout. With this, it is recommended that you share any Google Forms that you want to save with your personal Google Account and then make a copy.

When you upload these items into your personal Google Drive, you can convert all of them back to the original Google template once transferred.

On behalf of the District’s Technology Department, good luck with the next chapter of your lives!

1:1 Device Initiative

Welcome to the Baldwin-Whitehall School District’s 1:1 Initiative Information page!

This page is designed to provide you with everything you will need for Baldwin-Whitehall’s 1:1 Device Initiative.

Beginning the 2017-2018 school year, Baldwin-Whitehall will be supplying each student in grades 9-12 with his or her own digital device.

The devices will be used to help students personalize their learning and gain appropriate media skills. Students will interact with this technology actively in practicing skills, creating content and products, and communicating with teachers and parents using specific apps and not passively using their devices to watch programs. You can learn more about the benefits of educational technology by clicking here.

The high school rollout days are set as follows:

Grade 12-August 16, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Grade 10-August 17, 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Grade 11-August 18, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Grade 9-August 24, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

Make Up-August 28, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Parents and/or students with all documentation (2 forms and payment for protection plan if opting for the coverage) signed by students and parents, may pick up their devices at Baldwin High School in the south cafeteria during on the designated day mentioned above. Families with students in multiple grades may pick up the devices for their household on the same day.

Accepting or declining the optional protection plan will be required prior to receiving the device.

Please refer to the tabs below for documentation, forms, and information regarding the self-protection plan.

Handbook and Forms

Self-Protection Plan

Participation in the District’s Chromebook Protection Plan is not required. The Protection Plan will cover the instructional year, starting on the date that the Chromebook is received by the student until the end of the school year.

The annual cost to participate in the Chromebook Protection Plan is $30.00. All payments must be in the form of a check made payable to the Baldwin-Whitehall School District or through the District’s e-Funds electronic payment system (select Chromebook Protection Plan). Directions for those new to the e-Funds system can be found here.

Students will be issued the same Chromebook each school year that he or she is enrolled as a student at Baldwin High School.

Items covered: All physical components of the device. For the 2017-2018 school year, the replacement cost for the Chromebook is between $170 and $200.

Items not covered: Loss of device, theft, loss of AC adapter and/or power cord, reasonable wear and tear (Examples may include: scratches, dents, worn keys, etc.), damage as a result of reckless abuse or willful conduct.

Parents/guardians may not substitute homeowners or other personal insurance in place of the District’s Protection Plan.

Initial Buy-in

$30.00; 1st incident free, 2nd incident and beyond at cost.

1st Repair

$0.00

2nd Repair +

Cost of Repair

Digital Citizenship

Baldwin-Whitehall School District utilizes Common Sense Media when selecting appropriate content for student use. Common Sense Media provides detailed reviews and technological advice in a relatable manner to parents and teachers in a 1:1 environment. Reviews include ratings for several different categories including Educational Value, Violence, Language, Consumerism, and many others as well as parent testimony and comments with real-world advice.

In addition, Common Sense Media addresses parental concerns regarding screen time, technology addiction, cyberbullying, internet privacy and safety, and many other topics. Many families are entering into family media agreements and device contracts to help all family members with time spent on electronic devices. You can access Common Sense Media's contract here.

You can visit Common Sense Media by following this link: www.commonsensemedia.org.

Finally, be sure to check out their app in the App Store (iOS/Google)!

Chromebook Information

Introducing the Chromebook

All students in grades 9-12 will be issued an ASUS C202SA Chromebook. To learn more about this model, please click here.


Chromebook Help Center

Click here to access the Chromebook Help Center.

G Suite Tutorials

Discounted Internet Access

For the most part, internet access should not be required at home. Certain applications will function without an internet connection or in offline mode. Survey data has shown that a large percentage of households do have internet access at home already. Comcast/Xfinity does offer discounted internet access to households with students on the free/reduced lunch plans. You can find more information and sign up at InternetEssentials.com.


Letter from High School Administration

August 9, 2017

Hello Fighting Highlanders!

We hope this message finds you well and ready to return to BHS charged and prepared to jump into the new school year!

Before you walk through the doors on August 29, we want to share some exciting news. All Baldwin High School students will receive a new Chromebook to use throughout the year and keep until graduation! The new lessons you will experience in every course should help you explore, apply, and develop skills like never before!

Similar to the textbooks, calculators, and materials that our district has issued at the start of school throughout our 77-year history, these new Chromebooks indicate our commitment to provide our students with cutting-edge “tools” for learning.

The dates that have been established to distribute the Chromebooks to BHS students are listed below:

  • 12th grade students: Wednesday, August 16, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • 10th grade students: Thursday, August 17, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • 11th grade students: Friday, August 18, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 9th grade students: Thursday, August 24, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Make up day: Monday, August 28, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Families with students in different grades may select any of the days associated with their students’ grades and may pick up the devices for their household on the same day. The guidelines, expectations, and information regarding this initiative can be found in the BWSD Chromebook Handbook by clicking here. Additionally, parents/guardians have the opportunity to purchase an optional Technology Protection Plan (for unexpected damage). Information regarding the Technology Protection Plan can be found by clicking here.

All BHS students are to bring with them their signed forms (2) that includes their parent/guardian’s signature to the South Cafeteria when picking-up their new Chromebook on the designated date. Chromebooks will not be assigned without both documents signed.

Parents/guardians may pay for the optional Technology Protection Plan using e-Funds or with a check made payable to the District.

We look forward to seeing you over the next two weeks, as we enter into this new and exciting endeavor!

Sincerely,

Dr. Graves, Mrs. Sprouse, Mr. Saras, and Mr. Sortino


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