Fire Hazard – Older Laptop Computers parents may have or received from Computers for Schools:
Parents are advised of a possible fire hazard with older Laptops (received from Computers for Schools or other donations). Two schools with our board experience fires with IBM or Lenovo laptops received prior to 2010 from Computers For Schools. Parents are advised to discontinue the use and properly dispose of these laptops immediately.There is a fire hazard associated with these devices when they are left continuously plugged in and attempting to charge, when the batteries are in poor condition or defective. These older laptops do not contain the smart charge technology that is available on newer laptops.
Smart charge technology will not overcharge or continue the electrical current to a defective battery. Replacing the batteries on these older laptops is not economically sound and does not prevent this hazard.
Schools in our district have been advised to discard any CFS (Computers for Schools) laptops that have a CFS delivery date before 2009 as some of these may not have smart charge protection. Argyll recommends the same for parents who may have these laptops at home. The delivery date is located on the CFS inventory sticker on each device. As a general practice, older laptops should not be left plugged in continuously for days on end.
Share your story of learning with our Argyll community!Argyll now has a blog called, Learning @ Argyll. During the 2012-2013 school year, we hope to highlight voices from the Argyll community and have students, parents, educators, support staff and administrators their share stories of learning. The purpose of Learning @ Argyll is to nurture and encourage a love of learning and connect learners across Argyll's community.
You are invited to be one of the founding writers for this project.If you are interested in participating, please respond on the following form. https://docs.google.com/a/share.epsb.ca/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGVmLXBYRmdfMDBpd0dTZ1l0M2lseGc6MQ#gid=0
We will respond with a confirmation of the date your post will go up on our blog and further instructions for submitting your reflection. Once you have the date, write a reflection based on the prompt: What did you learn today? We ask that your reflection be no more than 250 words, and you should also plan to submit a photograph to go along with your reflection.
Argyll Centre, Edmonton Public Schools has launched an official Facebook page. You can visit it at facebook.com/argyllcentre
You DON’T need a Facebook account to view it. You DO need a Facebook account to “like” it.
When someone “likes” a page on Facebook, news from the page gets pulled into that person’s news feed. What we’re doing is similar to what many companies are doing on Facebook – creating a fan page and generating an audience for news and information.
Argyll also has a Twitter feed and we can be reached @argyllcentre
Argyll’s communication goals include enhancing our reputation, supporting people who are looking for information and generating interest and awareness of Argyll activities.
To do this, we use a variety of media outlets including traditional media like newspapers and TV. We also use social media (like Facebook, Twitter) and online advertisements and search engine features to connect with a variety of people who have an interest in our school – including parents, community members, staff, , students.
We’re using Facebook and Twitter because we know that people are actively using those tools, and it is easy for us to share Argyll information using them.
Individuals must make decisions about the privacy settings on their accounts. More information about privacy settings is available here: http://facebook.com/privacy.
We invite you to look for us and more information about our programs and upcoming events at facebook.com/argyllcentre and @argyllcentre.
March 2012 Alberta Education launches a new online student learning tool.
This new online tool replaces the printed Curriculum Handbooks for Parents and Curriculum Summaries. Putting this information online means you can get it more easily and no longer need to request the books from the school or the government.