Innovative Technology Services (ITS)Dr. Matt Kuhn
Chief Technology Officer - Innovative Technology Services
Empowering the TSD community to grow into the future with innovative technology today.
The ITS division's mission is to provide, support, and coordinate the best possible technology for productivity, learning, and school improvement.
ITS is responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting technology across the district including student devices, staff computers, instructional applications, business software, classroom projection systems, telecommunications, network infrastructure and more. The department also assists the Learning Services Department with improving instructional technology pedagogy in coordination with each school's leadership.
The ITS Help Desk is a Web-based service request system for staff members of the Thompson School District to enter and track their service requests for technology or software support. For technical support, call (970) 613-7777 or submit an ITS Help Desk Ticket.
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Infinite Campus Single Sign On
Infinite Campus user account passwords (excluding Loveland Classical and New Vision staff) will be updated to sync with your TSD computer password on Wednesday, January 22nd. If you need assistance with your Infinite Campus account, contact x5102.
Standardizing TSD’s Learning Management Systems
After considering input from multiple focus groups of educators and students, the Executive Leadership of the Learning Services and Innovative Technology Services Divisions has decided to discontinue the use of Schoology in all schools except CBMS and for individual users at MVHS starting in the 2020-2021 school year. Google Classroom is now considered the district’s primary Learning Management System (LMS). It will get first tier support while Schoology will receive second tier support at CBMS and MVHS only. At CBMS, all staff may use Schoology. At MVHS, individual teachers are also authorized to use Schoology but it is not officially considered the LMS of MVHS.
“First tier support” for Google Classroom means that we will commit district staff time to improve the system and provide more professional development. We are now working on improvements to Google Classroom’s synchronization with Infinite Campus, automated rostering, and pre-populated guardian email addresses to use with the guardian summary feature. “Second tier support” for Schoology means that we will continue to fund needed licenses and fix technical issues when time allows as a second priority to work on Google Classroom development. For the latest news about what Google has been doing to improve Google Classroom, click here.
This decision was based on multiple factors. Both Google Classroom and Schoology are rating similarly in terms of quality (see G2 Reviews for Google Classroom, G2 Reviews for Schoology, and TrustRadius Ratings for both). However, there are significant differences in staff usage, support needs, cost, professional development requirements, and integration with other applications and systems. Regardless of LMS used, we will also be working on creating standards for how teachers organize and use an LMS to improve the experience for students and their families. For more information about this decision, please contact the leadership of Learning Services or Innovative Technology Services.