iOS 8 downloads and MAP Testing

posted Sep 15, 2014, 12:29 PM by Pathfinder Regional   [ updated Sep 15, 2014, 12:37 PM ]

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This Wednesday we will be beginning MAP testing. Wednesday also happens to coincide with Apple's release of iOS 8.

On a typical day, the number of personal devices on our wireless network exceeds the number of Pathfinder-owned devices. A large portion of these personal devices are iPhones. At any given time, we can have between 200-300 iPhones connected to the school network.

Apple devices are notorious for bringing school and workplace networks to their knees when an iOS update is released. See Business Insider: iOS 7 Downloads Have Likely Caused Multiple College Campuses To Lose Internet.

As it happens, Wednesday is particularly bad timing for us, as we will be counting on our Internet connection and wireless network to not only sustain our usual traffic, but also the traffic generated by many students simultaneously taking the MAP test.

We have taken proactive measures on our side to limit the amount of bandwidth that can be consumed by personal devices, and Apple iOS updates specifically.

However, we ask you to take the following actions in order to reduce the likelihood of a disruption:
  • If you have an iPhone and are prompted to download iOS 8 while on the school network, decline the update. Do NOT have your iPhone download iOS 8 during the school day.
    • NOTE: We will be able to see in our logs which users/devices are consuming bandwidth with Apple software updates. If necessary, those devices will be blocked.
  • Students taking the MAP test should put their personal devices in Airplane Mode, or turn them off completely. This should be done for all personal devices, not just iPhones.
  • Please limit your Internet usage to school-related tasks for bandwidth-intensive sites (such as YouTube).

Google Classroom: Coming this fall to Pathfinder

posted Jul 23, 2014, 1:09 PM by Pathfinder Webmaster   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 1:13 PM ]

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Google Classroom is a new tool coming to Google Apps for Education in September. Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback and grading efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease. And it lets students organize their work, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.

Classroom was designed hand-in-hand with teachers to help them save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students.

Get Started with Classroom

Instructors can apply for a preview of Classroom. Based on the requests Google receives, they’ll be inviting a limited number of instructors to try it. By September, Classroom will be available to all Pathfinder instructors.

Learn More About Google Apps for Education

Pathfinder is able to use Google Classroom because we are a Google Apps for Education district. Click here to find out what that means.

See Google Classroom in Action

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