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New Teacher Technology Training

This page is designed to help new teachers in WHPS build their necessary background knowledge for technology related tools and resources.

If you need additional help with technology hardware, software, or training, simply contact HelpDesk to get assistance.

Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD)

Learn more about Bring Your Own Devices. There are student, teacher, and parent FAQs, guidelines for the parent/student user agreement, as well as many other resources related to technology concerns and needs.

CyberCompass

The CyberCompass initiative is a townwide response to the unprecedented advancements in technology that have a significant impact on the lives of West Hartford’s children and their families. This website serves as a clearinghouse of resources for parents, educators and children to turn to in their efforts to educate themselves, to raise awareness of the advantages and dangers associated with the use of diverse technologies, and to provide age and educationally appropriate guidelines to maximize instruction and prevent children from being harmed in a 24/7 connected world. There are resources including privacy policies, videos, advice, tech tips, concerns, and other resources that are related to digital citizenship issues.

eNotify

Our website includes a free subscription for parents, staff or anyone in the community who wants to stay informed with school district news.  Register for email or cell phone text messages you wish to receive them. You can sign up for:

  • News alerts (individual schools or entire district)

  • Athletic alerts

  • Event reminders

  • Calendar events

1. Subscribe for Site Alerts

2. Go to New User Section.

3. Fill out the form with your name and email address; you will also be asked to create a password. Your email address will be your eNotify username; please note that your user name and password are both needed for future updates to your eNotify account.

4. You will then have the opportunity to choose which eNotify list you wish to subscribe to. You can also choose to add a text-enabled cell phone (standard text charges may apply)

5. Click on “Update Settings.”

6. Click on logoff – you are now enrolled to receive eNotify messages.

Should your email change or as your children move to another school, you can easily change your personal profile by clicking on the eNotify link, inputting your user name (your email address) and password and changing your selections.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a blended learning platform to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. To access training for all issues related to Google Classroom, log into a Chrome browser, visit classroom.google.com, and click the training icon in the upper right corner. 

HelpDesk

Submit your request online using our Helpdesk Direct feature, or in an emergency, call Helpdesk at 860-561-6636. Whatever method you use, please provide contact information, a description of your problem, the location of the computer(s), and any other information that will assist us in assessing the problem. The appropriate staff person will be assigned to respond to your need in a timely manner. HelpDesk instructions

Select training as the problem type if you would like help with:

  • Google Classroom

  • Gmail

  • Google Calendar

  • Google Drive

  • Google Drawing

  • Google Sheets

  • Google Slides

  • Google Sites

  • iPad support

  • Meraki

  • digital Creation Apps

  • reading apps

  • photos or videos

  • videoconferencing

  • word processing

  • web resources

  • Schoology

  • Presentation tools like Prezi, Power Point, or Glogster

  • Twitter

  • classroom webpages

  • newsletters

  • QR Codes

  • any other technology integration for the curriculum

iPads and other software requests

Learn more about the process for requesting free and paid apps

Phones

View instruction on setting up your school voicemail.

Or, learn how to setup work Gmail on your personal device (cell phone, iPad, etc.):

Add Email to Your Mobile Device

PowerSchool

Printers

Each laserjet printer requires toner and should have a sticker on it from our printer vendor, CBS. If you see the CBS sticker, you may use the information on the sticker to contact CBS and order toner directly. The toner will be covered under our printer management program. If you do not see a CBS sticker, please submit a Helpdesk request and provide the printer make/model and location and an order will be placed for you.

If your printer is in need of repair, the first step is to submit a Helpdesk request and select "printer" as the problem type. Please be as detailed as possible regarding the printer issue.

Tech Tips

Get updates about new featuers with these tech tips.

Technology Documents

Visit the Technology Documents pages to view the WHPS Administrative Guidelines for the Use of Technology, the policy for web-based resources, the policy for employee use of technology, the policy regarding the use of social media, info about the Children’s Internet Protection Act, and many resources related to using digital resources.

Training for Google Apps

West Hartford’s Department of Information Technology Services utilizes a Google Chrome training extension that seamlessly helps train staff and students with all aspects of Google Apps and more using the Google Chrome browser and/or Chromebooks. These tutorials build initial (or followup) background knowledge to complement higher-level face-to-face training that the Information Technology training specialists continue to provide. When logged into Google Chrome, click on the training icon in the upper right. 

Subscriptions

Here are links to commonly used technology-based programs with info on how to log in.