myAccount - HPEDSB Account Management Tool

myAccount is an HPEDSB developed tool that helps teachers manage their own account, as well as student accounts:
  • Did a student forget their username? NO PROBLEM!
  • Did a student forget their computer or GAFE password? NO PROBLEM!
  • Do you prefer the same password for all students (JK-3)? NO PROBLEM!
  • Do you want to print a class list with their usernames? NO PROBLEM!
  • Do you want one student password for GAFE /computer?  NO PROBLEM!
  • Does a student need a custom password? NO PROBLEM!

The above scenarios are common situations that teachers find themselves in. myAccount can support you with managing and resolving these situations with ease. Just go to and log in with your email credentials. 

Plickers - Low Tech Interactive Tool for the Classroom

Plickers is a relatively new "low tech" student response system. The student "clicker" is a paper print out of an abstract image (similar to the concept of a QR code) the students orient to provide their preferred answer.

To gather responses the teacher uses the Plickers app (iOS or Android). Each unique code can be printed out, so that each student has a "clicker" for responding. The teacher then scans the cards to record the student answers.

School Websites - Joomla!

School websites are a great way for schools to inform, share and engage school communities. Joomla is the name of the plaform to manage your school websites.   Sherry Rivers in ITS is your HPEDSB contact (Webmaster). Please find attached a Joomla Quick Review Sheet created by Sherry to help school based website administers navigate school websites.

Joomla Quick Review Sheet

Technology Integration and the SAMR Model

The SAMR Model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura is a way for teachers to frame the manner in which technology is integrated into their planning and instruction. 

The SAMR acronym stands for:


and Redefinition

It is a straightforward model to examine how computer technology might impact teaching and learning.  It is often referred to as a ladder, which shows a progression of technology integration. More information is presented in the slide deck below:

What can I help you with?

Siri is described by Apple as the "intelligent personal assistant", which means that you can make verbal requests to Siri and she does an amazing job of complying with the request.  Presently Siri is available on the iPhone 4S and 5, iPad 3, as well as the 5th Generation iPod touch and requires Internet access.  To use Siri just hold down the Home button (make sure that Siri is on in Settings - General - Siri), and the microphone will light up as she detects your voice. The more you use Siri the better she becomes at understanding your voice, in addition she uses information from your contacts, calendars and reminders to better decipher your speech requests.

There are numerous things you can ask Siri to do, for example, "Call my sister Sherry" or "Give me directions home" or "What is Apple's stock price?" If you are interested in learning more about about Siri's vast repertoire of commands simply tap the i located to the right of the question mark when Siri is activated to access the guide or visit a great article on the Tech Blog for a full list of commands.

Also if your car is equipped with Bluetooth, Siri can help you be a safe driver. Activate Siri via your car's Bluetooth by pressing and holding the call button.

Oh, and did I mention that Siri speaks multiple languages!

As a side note, given that the discussion is about talking to your idevice, the iPhone 4S and newer, iPad 3 and newer, as well as the 5th Generation iPod also provide speech to text whenever you use the keyboard.  A microphone is located to the left of the keyboard's space bar and for students who struggle with written output or spelling this built-in assistive feature can be very helpful!