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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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: Complete the request form on this page. (See below.) Download SketchUp Pro 2014. (Please select the correct version. There are several to choose from.) Install in your lab environment or on individual machines. Open SketchUp. Click the Add… Read More

Google Launches Helpful GApps Tutorials

ORVSD at Klamath Basin

Google recently launched a new series of mini-courses to support teaching and learning with technology. Each course has tutorial videos, supplementary links, periodic quizzes, and a final assessment. Topics include Internet 101, (Google) Apps for Education, Gmail, (Google) Drive, Chrome OS and Chromebooks. For schools and districts who have adopted Google Apps for Education as well as districts with mobile initiatives or those going BYOD, the GApps Tutorials could be a fabulous… Read More

The Hour of Code – Celebrate Computer Science Week Dec 9 – 13

Girl Typing on Computer

Join classrooms around the country next week by doing an hour of coding with your students. has pulled together resources to make coding simple to introduce to students at all grade levels as well as being easy to understand for teachers who are unfamiliar with coding. Why coding and why introduce computer science to your students? The site as some jaw dropping statistics.  By 2020, there will be 1,000,000 more jobs than… Read More

Digital Curriculum and Teacher Support


The ORVSD Training Team is happy to be a part of the Oregon School Boards Association Annual Conference this weekend. We’re in beautiful, downtown Portland. The Oregon Virtual School District is an Oregon Department of Education program. It provides free resources for online teaching and learning that promote the use of technology in Oregon classrooms. We offer Oregon public school educators the opportunity to find and share online resources, learn and use cutting… Read More

Newsela Website Helps to Provide Common Core-aligned Materials

student reading on laptop

The Common Core provides a number of challenges to classroom teachers. One challenge is the requirement for the increased use of informational text within lessons. To utilize these texts effectively, teachers must provide materials at appropriate reading levels for each student as well as assess each student’s learning and growth. A new website named Newsela provides innovative solutions for these challenges by providing engaging news articles that teachers can assign to students at one of four lexile… Read More

Google Drive: On Cloud 9

Lisa Schmidt

Two weeks ago, while working on my computer at school, I received the haunting “blue screen of death”.  While this might send many people into a frenzy of stress, while contemplating what might be potentially lost from their machine, I was worried about not having a computer to project the visual elements for my classes onto the screen for the day, week, or until my computer could be fixed or replaced.  The… Read More