Technology Survival Guide
The content of this page is a digital representation of the “LPS Technology Survival Guide” information shared at new teacher orientations and other situations.
We have a keyword ‘shortcut’ system throughout the LPS website. Type the keywords mentioned below in the keyword field at the top right of most LPS.org pages to quickly access specific pages on the site.
To make it easier and faster to access approved web services, LPS students and staff are asked to use a site called The Portal. The Portal includes icons that take users directly to a web service just like a bookmark. For many services, no additional login is required because the portal passes your credentials (login/password) to the tools securely. Learn more…
CORE will show your paycheck information, timesheet, leave balances, W2, Online Benefit Information, Employee ID, and additional employee information. Your 8-digit employee ID is the number required for using the Xerox MFDs (printing, copying, faxing, scanning) in our district.
Information Technology Rules & Procedures (ITR/P)
Each year LPS staff members are asked to reaffirm their commitment to securing the data and systems of Lincoln Public Schools by reviewing our Information Technology Rules & Procedures. These ITR/P address issues such as password security, selection of instructional tech tools, sensitive or confidential data access, use of district technology, and appropriate internet use. We are reminded that failure to comply with these rules may result in disciplinary action.
From the main LPS.org website, click the Staff Center tab at the top of the screen. You’ll find all of the front page news, as well as links to most of the LPS web resources you need, including things you can only access from on-network, like password changes.
The LPS website has thousands of pages, but a handful of them are accessible directly with a KEYWORD typed into the keyword/search box in the top right corner of lps.org. Here are a handful (not mentioned already in this document) that might be useful to teachers…
- help = Tech support
- pedia = LPS O’Pedia
- stupass Student Password Lookup
- jobs = HR/jobs
Student Learning & Information Management
The LPS Student Learning & Instructional Management (SLIM) page provides a one-stop-shop for links to information about systems that manage/report student data for the district. LPS users Synergy as our Student Information System. The SLIM page contains instructions by role (office, admin, teacher, etc).
Instructional Technology Tools (ITT)
LPS takes seriously our commitment to protecting student information. This takes many forms. One strategy is identifying Instructional Technology Tools (ITTs) that are safe for student use, support district learning goals, and encourage innovative teaching and learning. Fortunately for us, we have a cross-departmental committee that reviews tools for use in our classrooms. Want to understand “the why” behind what is selected? Keyword ‘ITT‘ will help you learn more..
The LPS ITT Matrix catalogs the applications, extensions, websites and other digital tools that have been reviewed by the District ITT Evaluation Committee. Teachers and school leaders are encouraged to review the LPS Instructional Technology Tool Matrix when considering a tool, BEFORE using it with students.
LPS believes that technology extends learning opportunities, increases productivity, and promotes greater effectiveness. A plan is in place that should allow all LPS staff and students access to the tools necessary to take advantage of greater access to technology. The CLASS Plan (Connected Learning for the Achievement of Students and Staff) is the official LPS Technology Plan.
Web Content Filtering
Federal regulations require the restriction of access to specific types of web content. LPS employees may enter their LPS credentials to access many web pages not allowed to students. This is known as “Role Based Authentication” and respects an educator’s right to make professional decisions about the content you access. Learn more about this process and the LPS Board of Education Policies and Regulations it relates to.
Sub Packet Tech Assistance
Technology as a tool used in teaching and learning is no longer a “sometimes” thing. It is an “every day” thing. This places new expectations on the substitute teachers who keep things running smoothly while our classroom teachers are away. This page contains helpful resources for helping your substitute get started using some of the most commonly used tech tools across LPS.
Tech Support & Skill Development
Computing Services has regional Support Technicians that will be dispatched to your location when necessary. Otherwise, your ticket will be handled by a system support specialist for the tool in question.
The LPS Helpdesk is a phone bank team of caring individuals who want to help you with your work-related technology issues.
Performance Matters, (soon to be called TalentEd), is the Lincoln Public Schools professional learning system. Staff members can search for, register for and track their learning opportunities. Staff appraisals are also completed in this system. If you have questions on its use, contact the Professional Learning office at 402-436-1851.
Communication & Productivity
A “phishing” email is designed to trick you into sharing personal information such as usernames and passwords, or financial information. LPS occasionally provides natural training opportunities for staff by delivering our own “phishing” messages that help us learn lessons about these tactics in a safe way.
Another way that LPS supports staff in regards to dangerous email messages is to offer training modules, made available to any staff who wish to improve their knowledge and develop an informed skepticism about the authenticity of the messages they receive. To view these training modules, please visit the LPS Portal and click on the KnowBe4 link.
Web Page Tools
It is expected that all teachers in LPS have a web footprint that parents, students, and community can access.
All teachers should begin by completing a “Profile.”
All teachers should also create a Class Website within Synergy. Learn more by attending a staff development session, or by reviewing these helpful documents.
Information about both of these tools and others can be found here…
Most LPS applications are accessed via a web browser. Teachers may use any web browser that fits the task/application. LPS encourages the use of Google Chrome, as that will offer the best environment for modeling to students using Chromebooks. Always identify the web browser that you are using when requesting support.
LPS supports the digital delivery of instruction through Connected Classrooms where learners can see, hear, and interact with curricular and instructional resources.
Every learning space in the district is configured with a mounted display (projector or monitor) and an audio enhancement system. Many buildings have chosen to supplement with an AppleTV for wireless projection and a document camera.
This resource contains information on the tools a teacher will be likely to find in a completed LPS Connected Classroom.
The current model of teacher laptop in LPS is the 13-inch Retina MacBook Air. To learn about its’ use, care, settings, accessories and other frequently asked questions, visit lps.org keyword: laptop.
LPS ensures teachers, students, staff and administrators have persistent access to a computing device sufficient to access and leverage learning resources. At grades 2-12 this device is a Chromebook.
Chromebook orientation materials and procedures are curated by buildings. Speak to a tech leader in your building to gain access to these materials.
There is no electronic tool with a more direct tie to improved retention than sound field systems. That’s why the LPS Board of Education provided one for every learning space in LPS. We need to be sure that we are using them. Every day. Every period.
They are should create a consistent “sound field” across the classroom so that your voice sounds the same to the student in the back of the room and the student right beside you.
Lincoln Public Schools supports the purposeful use of iPads as a strategy for helping students learn at high levels. iPads are used in two significant use cases in LPS:
- K-1 Learning Stations
- Teacher and Administrator Mobility
Everything you might need to know about iPad management in LPS will be found in this resource titled ‘iPads in LPS’.
Hapara is a tool that does a few things for LPS teachers. It allows teachers full access into student Google Drive, and allows teachers to better manage Chromebook use in their classroom through “focus browsing” and activity monitors.
If you teach in a classroom where Chromebooks are present (grades 2-12) you will want to know as much as you can about Hapara!