New look, new tools for Clearview School District

A new dynamic, user-friendly experience greets anyone visiting the Clearview School Division website.

The new redesigned site is finally up and running, Clearview trustees learned at their Sept. 17 board meeting.

The rollout of the new site was delayed until several components were completed such as the new logo and motto.
The site features easy to navigate options such as bus routes, calendar and school links.

Cloud computing

Google Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education are new tools available to students this school year.

A chromebook is a user friendly, affordable tablet that comes ready to use with Google Apps plus access to a variety of educational resources. Its system is entirely web-based, allowing for faster starter up and operating speed as well as extended battery life. The chromebook automatically updates itself and saves work.

According to Superintendent Peter Barron, who gave the board a presentation of the Google products, the books do not have device storage. Instead, everything is stored in Google Drive, Google’s cloud storage.

Cloud computing utilizes global data centres rather than a person’s personal computer or device to store data and access web based applications via the internet.

The one downside of the books is that they require an internet connection to access saved work and applications, stated Barron.

School trips

The board granted preliminary approval for three school trips taking place in 2016.

Gus Wetter and Coronation students are looking forward to a March trip to Italy, specifically to see Venus, Florence and Rome. The students plan to blog about the trip and give a presentation to the board upon their return.

William E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus Senior Girls Basketball team will be involved in a training and cultural exchange in Cuba in December 2016.

Also from William E. Hay, a proposed band trip to New Orleans in May of 2016 is in the works.

The board will finalize authorization for the trips once they have received all trip information.

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