Scheduled Down Time August 6

Outage affects : Drupal web sites and Moodle Learning Management Sites hosted at ORVSD.

On Thursday, August 6th the Oregon State University Open Source Lab staff will be moving the blade servers that currently host all ORVSD web sites (Drupal and Moodle).  This will result in a complete outage of all web sites starting at 1:30 pm.  The work will be completed and all sites restored to production no later than 5:30pm.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience, it is important to make sure this work is done prior to the start of the school year so  to minimize impact to students.  If you have any questions, please contact

ORVSD Google Apps Technical Series

ORVSD trainers

Are you a Google Apps for Education domain or technical administrator at an Oregon K-12 district or ESD? Are you interested in deploying Google Apps for your schools, but aren’t sure where to start? Are you a principal or teacher who supports the Google Apps domain in your building? Are you a systems administrator who set up a Google Apps domain for your district a few years ago and recently noticed all the enhancements that have been made in the interim years?

If you are nodding your head as you read, we invite you to join us for our Google Apps for Education Technical Series.


  • A blend of online and in-person training events in April, May, and June 2015
  • An online community for sharing and back-channeling
  • Session facilitators that include Oregon experts, Googlers, and guests from around the world
  • Group-based test preparation for the Google Apps Administrator Exam


  • In-depth knowledge of the Google Admin console to help inform decisions you’ll make about your domain and environment
  • Connections to other domain administrators
  • Positioning for the Google Apps Administrator Exam and certification
  • Greater support for the enterprise and education use of Google Apps for Education in your schools

The series kicks off on Friday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. with a webinar that includes an introduction to Google Apps, a rapid-fire look at the Admin console, and the toolkit for our technical series.

The cost is free. To register, please complete the form below. Questions? Email us at


Oregon School Boards Summer Camp 2014

Oregon School Boards Summer 2014 Welcome Poster

Dateline: 8:00 a.m. on a beautiful, if a little smoky, Sunday morning in July 2104. Bend, Oregon.

Notice that 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning part. Who in the world would be awake and alert for an 8:00 a.m. Sunday conference session?!? As I drove from my house to the beautiful Riverhouse event center that morning, I was certain there would be 2-3 hearty souls in my presentation room. Once those hearty souls realized I was going to talk about online learning and software, I expected eyes to glaze over and heads to droop. I questioned the wisdom of Steve Lamb, OSBA conference organizer extraordinaire, for scheduling this slot.

I was wrong.

The ORVSD: Tools for Your District’s Digital Curriculum Transition session was well attended and folks were engaged and asking questions. There is a need for these services and support right now. The ORVSD Training Team is excited to provide both. I waked away from the Riverhouse with several new connections and requests. The training team meets in just a few weeks for our annual retreat and we’ll fold them all into our plan for 2014-15.

The session handout is available as a pdf. And the slides are embedded below:

Google Gearing Up for 2014 Virtual Summer Maker Camp

Reuben Hoffman at the #ipdx14 makerspace

For the 3rd summer in a row, Google is teaming up with Make magazine to provide 30 days of Virtual Summer Maker Camp. Each week from July 7 to August 15, a new set of themed activities will be posted on the Google Maker Camp website, and each weekday, a different maker project will be shared.

Librarians and Summer Camp Directors, as well as individuals and families, are encouraged to integrate Google Maker Camp into their activities and summer programs.

Exciting events include cool Virtual Field trips to exciting venues via Google Hangout, online sessions with celebrity Makers, and more. Posting of photos and videos of local events and creations to the Maker Camp Community Page on Google+ are encouraged.

Themes included in this summer’s Maker Camp will be Makers in Motion, Create the Future, Health & Science, Art and Design, DIY Music, and Make: Believe.

Materials needed for the projects are generally found around around the home or at grocery, hardware, or electronics stores, and lists of needed materials will be posted online in advance.

Join the fun and excitement of Google’s Virtual Summer Maker Camp by going to

SketchUp Pro for Oregon K-12 Districts

SketchUp Pro Model

ORVSD is excited to provide access to SketchUp Pro at no cost to Oregon school districts. We are a grantee under the Statewide License Grant Program. To access your license keys, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the request form on this page. (See below.)
  2. Download SketchUp Pro 2014. (Please select the correct version. There are several to choose from.)
  3. Install in your lab environment or on individual machines.
  4. Open SketchUp. Click the Add License button. Use the serial number and key provided to you by the ORVSD help desk.
  5. Disable auto-check for updates in SketchUp. This will prevent update messages.  (Here how’s to disable the auto-check.)
  6. Visit the SketchUp Help Center for tech support issues. Or, as always, you can email

Photo credit: “The Northeast Side or ‘Back’ Side of the House” by Darren Barefoot is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.