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.

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.

After a successful first year of implementation during the 2017-2018 school year, we expanded our program during the 2018-2019 school year to reach every student in grades 6-12 by providing each student with his or her own Chromebook.

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.

Middle School Students

Students new to the middle school and entering 6th grade will receive their Chromebooks during the school day on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Parents/Guardians should send each student to school with the two required forms and payment for the protection plan if opting for the coverage. 

High School Students

9th grade and new students in grades 10-12 will be able to pick up their devices on Thursday, August 29, 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM in Baldwin High School's South Cafeteria

Make up day: Friday, August 30, 12:00 PM - 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 cafeteria on the designated day mentioned above. 

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 Harrison Middle School or Baldwin High School.

Items covered: All physical components of the device. For the 2019-2020 school year, the replacement cost for the Chromebook is between $240 and $270.

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. Each school in the district has been recognized by Common Sense Media as has the district for its efforts across all grade levels.

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 6-12 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 Middle School Administration

August 13, 2019

Hello Fighting Highlanders!

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

Since we are starting the second year of our 1:1 Chromebook initiative, distribution for 6th grade students and students new to HMS will look slightly different this year.  All new students and 6th grade students will receive his or her Chromebook during the school day on Tuesday, September 4, 2019.

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 HMS students are to bring with them their signed forms (2) that includes their parent/guardian’s signature to school on September 4, when picking-up their new Chromebooks. 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,

Mrs. Fleming-Salopek, Mr. Ross, and Mr. Peebles

 

Letter from High School Administration

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!

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

9th grade and new students, Thursday, August 29, 4:00-8:30 PM

Make up day: Friday, August 30, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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 9th grade BHS students and new 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.

Software Discounts

Please see below for a few discounts that you may like to investigate as many of them offer great savings! Be sure to check out the other software titles that are available when you visit: https://baldwinwhitehall.onthehub.com/.

New this year for teachers and administrators: You are eligible to use the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan for FREE on up to three machines. You should have received an email yesterday with the subject line "Access is granted. Enjoy All Apps Plan Now." Simply follow the directions in the email and you can access the Creative Cloud Apps.

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 for $9.95!

https://baldwinwhitehall.onthehub.com/

Verizon-Discounts on your wireless plan and accessories

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/employee/eleuLanding.jsp

Apple Education Pricing

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/findyourschool

Microsoft Education Pricing

https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/b/education

Other products:

http://www.journeyed.com/


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

Summer Camps

Due to the many construction projects occurring within and around our schools this summer, we will be taking a summer off from hosting summer camps. While we will miss this opportunity to work with students this summer, it is in the interest of their safety that we must make this decision. Thank you for your understanding! We will see you next summer!

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 2018-2019 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!

Discounted Internet Access

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


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



Technology News

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 2 Technician

Carrie Butler

Rhonda Firek

Level 1 Technician

Adam Nuhfer

Level 2 Technician

Karen Suchy

Level 2 Technician

Cellular Discounts

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Education Discounts

T-Mobile

T-Mobile Amplified – Available to ALL employees and offers our most premium plan at a highly discounted rate. See attached PDF for more info. To enroll, please call the employee line and reference enclosed promo code.

T-Mobile Military – Discount program available to all active duty and retired military employees. Offers up to 50% off on family lines. To enroll, please call the employee line and reference enclosed promo code.

T-Mobile 55+ Plan – Discount program for any employees that are 55 years old or higher. Provides 2 lines only for $70 per month. To enroll, please call the employee line and reference enclosed promo code.

Our Government Employee Discount Program is exclusive to Government, Education, and Non-Profits only and are NOT AVAILABLE IN STORES.

One main message we want to share is that if you or any of your fellow employees are interested in enrolling in the program, activating new service, or adding new lines to an existing account in order to have applicable discounts processed, please ensure ALL requests are made via our Employee Programs Line @ 1-888-256-5541 and mention the promo code in the enclosed flyer.

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