About Andrew Smith

I was born in Idaho, spent my early childhood on my fathers farm in the small rural town of Rexburg. At nine years old my family moved to Kingman, Arizona, another small town, where I lived until graduating High School. I am the youngest of 3 wild and crazy children of which one of them is the Principal Amie Campbell. I am also the youngest of a plethora of step relatives and in-laws. After graduating high school, and a short stint in Phoenix, I moved to Flagstaff Arizona where I finished my bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management with minors in Information Technology and Finance. Shortly after my graduation I moved to Logan, UT to pursue a graduate degree from Utah State University. A lucrative and exciting job offer took me away from my graduate degree before I was able to finish. I completed my master’s degree program in Information Systems in June of 2016 from the University of Utah is Salt Lake City. My professional life has been accumulated over the past 10 years. I’ve worked in multiple cities, with many job descriptions, all centered around technology. I spent 5 years as the Assistant Executive Director for the Southern Nevada Golf Association and United States Golf Association. I was the chief technical consultant involved in managing the IT for 65 clubs in the greater Las Vegas valley and over 15,000 members. This experience helped me realize that I have a knack with computers, and I enjoy working hands on with technology. Since then, I have moved myself in and out of many phases of the Business IT world trying to find my perfect fit. I feel that I have finally found it with OPA. My blend of education and real world experience helps me to provide a good support system for our teaching staff and I really enjoy the atmosphere. In my free time I try to get as far away from computers and technology as possible. I enjoy hiking, biking, and beating my sister at ALL sport related activities. I am a huge sports fanatic, both watching and playing. My weekends include golf with friends as well as tournament golf, basketball, football, and other sport that is competitive. Health and sports are a huge part of my life so you will probably find me watching or participating with the students of OPA in extra curricular activities as often as I can. I also enjoy many types of music and the arts and have already enlisted the help of our talented music teachers to help me learn to play the piano.

2018-2019 OPA Board Meeting Schedule

This is the Board Meeting schedule for 2018-2019.  Meetings are held in the Elementary Library at 4:30 pm. August 23 September 20 October 25 November: NO MEETING December 13 January 17 February 21 March 21 April 18 May 16 June 19 Check out the Ogden Preparatory Academy Board Meeting Portal for more information.

2018-06-20T05:06:40+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Categories: Announcements|

Gmail Automatic Reminders

Gmail will now remind you to respondPosted: 14 May 2018 09:12 AM PDTWhen your inbox is flooded with emails, some will inevitably slip through the cracks. Luckily, the new Gmail can help. It will now “nudge” users to reply to emails they may have missed and to follow up on emails for which they haven’t received a response.Nudging is on by default for users with the new Gmail enabled, but they can turn it off from their Gmail settings menu if they choose.We hope this AI-powered feature helps you stay on top of your email and prioritize your work.Launch DetailsRelease track:Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled ReleaseEditions:Available to all G Suite editions with the new Gmail enabled

2018-06-16T13:24:41+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Google For Education Newsletter – May 2018

The Google for Education newsletterIssue X, May 2018This Just InThe New Gmail Is HereWe just announced major improvements to Gmail on the web to help you be more productive in the classroom. It’s more secure and intelligent than ever, and we hope you love it as much as we do. Learn more and test out the new features!Lessons from Teachers of the YearTo celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re launching ‘Lessons from Teachers of the Year’, a video series highlighting insights from the 2018 State Teachers of the Year. Check out the playlist to hear about their most inspirational teachers, where they see the future of education going, and more.G Suite Enterprise for Education: Now AvailableG Suite Enterprise for Education is a new edition of G Suite for Education that offers additional enterprise-grade capabilities designed for large institutions and customized for education. Learn more.EDU in 90: Don’t Miss an EpisodeCheck out recent EDU in 90 episodes on Team Drives, Expeditions, and research from the Economist Intelligence Unit. Be sure to subscribe to the Google for Education YouTube channel so you don’t miss an episode! Teacher ToolsSocratica Provides High-Quality Educational YouTube VideosNeed more high quality educational videos for your classroom? This channel has great videos covering study tips, coding, and a variety of other topics like chemistry and vocabulary! Check out their channel.Preserving Endangered Wonders of the WorldIn partnership with CyArk, Google Arts & Culture used technology to preserve heritage under threat. You don't need to be an archaeologist to visit the ‘Open Heritage’ project page to find out how the team created the models and see the 25 models for yourself. Learn moreand see the sites.Expeditions AR Pioneer ProgramBring your lessons to life with Google Expeditions. The Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program is only running until the end of the school

2018-06-16T13:24:51+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Canvas Class Templates

At Canvas, we are thrilled to take the opportunity to show our gratitude for teachers across the nation this week as part of Teacher Appreciation Week! As a thank you for the work and dedication of teachers, our instructional designers have created two homepage templates that Canvas users can import into their courses. One template is designed specifically for grades K-5, the other for grades 6-12. Please feel free to use them as-is or modify them as you see fit.Course landing page templates allow teachers to customize the homepage of their Canvas courses, making the student experience more engaging and interactive. The new templates are available to download in our community at https://bit.ly/2JT83tS.The template designed for grades K–5 includes:· Homepage with editable course title, course banner and "welcome" text placeholder· Three customizable buttons: Learn | Help | Parents· Directions on how to modify template buttons and banner· "Welcome to Class" student module with content page templates: "Support" and "Parent Resources"The template designed for grades 6–12 contains:· Homepage with editable course title, course banner and "welcome" text placeholder· Three customizable buttons: About Your Teacher | Class Resources | Learning Modules· Directions on how to modify template buttons and banner· "Welcome to Class" student module with content page templates: "About Your Teacher" and "Class Resources"Please share this with your teachers so that they can access the templates for use in their courses. If you have any questions about the download and/or import instructions, please let me know.Thank you for your time and dedication to the education of our nation's youth!

2018-06-16T13:24:53+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Your Canvas Community Newsletter for May 11, 2018— Top and trending company news, curated just for you. —TRENDING NOWCanvas Instructor Guide - Table of ContentsCanvas Doc Team in Guides: Canvas 3 weeks agoIntroduction ViewCanvas Production Release Notes (2018-05-12)Erin Hallmark in Release Notes 4 days agoChanges from Canvas Beta Release Notes (2018-04-30)   Updated Features— Removed Account Settings: Right-to-Left Language Support Other Updates— Added Permissions: See Other Users’ Primary Email Address, View Login IDs for Users Platform/Integration— Added API Additions: Roles API Upcoming Canvas Changes   SIS File Refactor: June 2 ...Read MoreBaseline Canvas Requirements for facultyWei Li in Canvas Admins 3 weeks agoHello everyone,    Has anyone established minimum Canvas requirements for all faculty at your institution? Our academic administration has identified the following as baseline:   Post a copy of the course syllabus  Program all assignments into the course calendar Post course materials broken up by week Post PowerPoint slides from class, if ...Read MoreCanvas Student Guide - Table of ContentsCanvas Doc Team in Guides: Canvas 3 weeks agoIntroduction ViewHow do I enable profile pictures and course images?Thales Alves Pereira in Find Answers 2 days agoI've been digging the net looking for answers for this, and I found a few tutoriais on this; they provide step by step instructions on how to set course and profile pictures, but all of them mention "if your school/account has profile picture enabled". I didn't found anything related to that on the admin dashboard, nor did I find anything in the ...Read MoreJobs BoardScott Dennis in I Heart Pandas 2 months agoAre you looking to hire a Canvas Admin, Instructional Designer, Developer, or Canvas Savvy Teacher?  Do you have Canvas skills you are looking to leverage?  If you are looking for work or workers, consider replying here. If your position is remote friendly please highlight that fact! ...Read MoreHave Cursor Remain on Same

2018-06-16T13:24:54+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

USBE/UEN New Online Canvas Training Course

IELP 5315-365  Getting Started with Canvas LMSUEN Tech Course Massive Open Online CourseParticipants will learn how to design and deliver an online course using Canvas LMS. This course will guide participants in creating their own course, adding engaging content, assessing student learning, and communicating effectively using Canvas. This MOOC (massive open online course) is designed for K-12 teachers with intermediate technology skills, that feel that they can work independently and at their own pace through the course material.Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)These courses are open entry/exit with no enrollment cap. All coursework and assignments can be completed at the participants own pace. There is very limited instructor interaction. This course section will be open until July 31, 2018.  All coursework in this MOOC must be completed by August 31, 2018.Expected Learning OutcomesAt the conclusion of this course participants should be able to:Identify and apply best practices of online teaching and learning by designing a learning unit supported by online components in CanvasDemonstrate basic understanding of accepted instructional design principles by creating a unit of study in Canvas LMSUnderstand how to use Canvas tools and features commonly used to deliver instruction by creating assignments, discussions and assessments, and use the communication tools built into CanvasPrerequisitesParticipants must have intermediate computer and internet skillsCanvas account. Either a paid for instance or free-for-teachersCurriculum to use to build the courseFinal AssessmentParticipants will create a basic Canvas course and submit a screencast of the completed course as evidence of completion.Credit / Licensure Points:Credit is recorded according to the credit type selected during enrollment.USBE Credit: Credit is recorded in the MIDAS System.SUU Credit: Participants must complete the SUU credit form after successful completion of course. Upon receipt of the form, participants should

2018-06-16T13:24:56+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

New Note Taking App for Teacher Chromebooks – SQUID!

PLEASE NOTE:  IF WE HAVE ENOUGH USERS AND WE RECEIVE POSITIVE FEEDBACK FOR THIS APP, WE CAN ASK FOR BULK EDUCATIONAL PRICING ON THE PREMIUM VERSION! Squid - Note TakerTake handwritten notes naturally on your Android tablet, phone, or Chromebook supporting Android apps! With Squid you can write just like you would on paper using an active pen, passive stylus, or your fingeEasily markup PDFs to fill out forms, edit/grade papers, or sign documents. Import images, draw shapes, and add typed text to your notes. Quickly select, copy/paste, and move content between pages and notes. Organize your notes within notebooks and increase your productivity!Turn your device into a virtual whiteboard or give presentations in a class, meeting, or conference by wirelessly casting to a TV/projector (e.g. using Miracast, Chromecast). Export notes as PDFs or images, then share them with others or store them in the cloud!Squid is vector based - keeping your notes beautiful at any zoom level and on any device. You can erase entire letters and words quickly with the stroke eraser tool, or just parts of words with the true eraser tool. The selection tool allows you to change the color and thickness of your handwriting and even resize a drawing whenever you want without any loss in quality.Squid takes special advantage of active pens on capable devices to provide natural, pressure sensitive handwriting. Just write with the pen and erase with your finger!Squid is designed to be both powerful and simple to use, allowing you to take notes quickly and efficiently.Awards/Recognition• Featured App in Google Play• Category Honorable Mention for Productivity in the Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge: http://goo.gl/Ji9dCS• Popular Choice Award in the Dual Screen App Challenge: http://goo.gl/J7uT0BKey Features•

2018-06-16T13:25:00+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Canvas Updates April

Canvas Production Release Notes (2018-04-21)Erin Hallmark in Release Notes 1 day agoIn this production release (April 21), admins can set a default Dashboard view for new Canvas users and allow graders to add excess points to outcome criteria in SpeedGrader. Additionally, the account-level SIS Import process supports a feature option refactor that provides improved performance and stability.   In Conferences, individual ...Read MoreMultiple Due Dates (checkpoints) for DiscussionsChris White in Canvas Studio 1 week ago  Idea is currently in Product Radar Learn more about this stage...   With the way that many schools set up forum discussions and require "check-ins" to the forum throughout the week, it would be great if we could include multiple due dates in the discussion activities. For instance, I have classes that require everyone respond to the prompt ...Read MoreGrab the big shoes and pile into the carMatthew Jennings in InstructureCon 2018 2 months agoLadies and gentlemen; boys and girls, step right up and let's see who is the funniest clown in the #InstructureCarn!   As some may or may not know there was once a live forum, and in that forum was a place for Dad Jokes. I may have told one or two jokes in that spot and have definitely missed it through the last few months. So since there is a ...Read MoreCanvas Parent 2.0!Peyton Craighill in Canvas Mobile Users Group 3 weeks agoThis here’s meant for the K-12ers in the house. HE folks are welcome to keep reading, but I bet you won’t find it very relevant.   I mentioned in my recent Canvas Mobile Update post that we’re going to improve everybody’s experience with the parent app by changing the way authentication works. This post will provide a deeper dive into what that ...Read MoreRead Only Developer

2018-06-16T13:25:01+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Great updates to Google Sheets Coming Soon!

Think macro: record actions in Google Sheets to skip repetitive workPosted: 11 Apr 2018 09:14 AM PDT(Cross-posted from The Keyword)Since their debut nearly 40 years ago, spreadsheets have remained core to how businesses get work done. From analyzing quarterly revenue to updating product inventory, spreadsheets are critical to helping companies gather and share data to inform quicker decisions—but what else can you do if they’re in the cloud?We’ve been focused on making Google Sheets better for businesses for this reason, which is why we’ve recently added new features to help teams analyze and visualize their data. Today we’re adding more updates to Sheets, including a way to record macros in the cloud to automate repetitive tasks, as well as more formatting options. Check it out.Record macros in Sheets, skip mundane tasksWe want to help companies automate work by approaching macros differently: cloud-first. Starting today, you can record macros in Sheets. Let’s say you need to format new data imports or build the same chart across multiple sheets of quarterly data. Repeating the same steps manually can take hours, but the Sheets macro recorder lets you record those actions and play them back on command without having to write any code.Here’s how it works: when you record a macro, Sheets converts the macro actions into an Apps Script automatically. If you want to update your macro, you can simply edit the script directly instead of having to re-record the macro from scratch. You can also write your ownApps Script functions and import them as new macros.The best part about Sheets macros is that they’re built for use in cloud-based files, which means that teams can run macros at the same time that others are working in the sheet without interrupting them. For example, a finance team having a budget meeting can

2018-06-16T13:25:26+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Custom Links in Google Sites

Add custom links to the navigation bar in the new Google SitesPosted: 11 Apr 2018 10:05 AM PDTThe navigation bar is how users get around a website, and it helps them find important resources quickly. The new Google Sites automatically creates an intuitive navigation bar that links to content within your site, but there may be times when you want to create your own links that go somewhere else. That’s why we’re adding a new feature where you can link to any URL from the navigation bar.You can use this new custom link creator to add an item in the navigation bar that goes to:Your company’s social media profile or homepage.Your company’s HCM tool.Another Google Site with different access permissions.Your team’s project tracker.Your team’s Drive folder.Any other website. Use our Help Center to find out how to add a custom link in the new Google Sites.Launch DetailsRelease track:Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in two weeksEditions:Available to all G Suite editionsRollout pace:Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)Impact: All end usersAction:Change management suggested/FYI

2018-06-16T13:25:31+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|