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Helping You Through The S2 Sonos Update

April 16, 2020

In June 2020, Sonos will release S2, a new app and operating system (OS) that will power the next generation of products and experiences. In addition to new features, usability updates, and more personalization moving forward, Sonos S2 will enable higher resolution audio technologies for music and home theater.

Many of you are currently using S1 products and the new app will not support the advances of S2 products due to their memory and processing power.

What this means for you:  Sonos will still support the S1 app currently connecting to these abovementioned devices, and you can still use older products with the S1 Controller app. The S1 Controller app will receive bug fixes and security patches, but it will not receive future software features.  For those of you using S2 products, you’ll continue to use the traditional Sonos app.

Sonos suggests that you separate your S2 compatible and incompatible products into two separate systems and that products in one system will not be able to group with products with another.

How we can help: Sonos is currently offering an option to upgrade through their Trade Up program and save 30% on a new compatible product.  Please let us know if you’d like more information.

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Dec 17
E-RATE 2021

E-Rate 2021-22 Season is Fast Approaching

If your school is not taking advantage of E-Rate funding, you need to get started!  New applicants need to be registered with USAC by Mid-January (exact dates have not yet been published).  If you aren’t sure where to start or what services are/are not covered, let us know!  We will come to your school and do a free walkthrough with you to help you determine what you should consider applying for.

 

Click "Download" below to get this month’s E-Tip for an explanation of the E-Rate process and how your school can save money!

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Nov 17
2020 Hour of Code

S3 TechU Robotics Challenge

Who:  S3 TechU member schools may pick any grade level to participate (6th grade is suggested).  Split the class into several teams. Please assign a robot and equipment to a team and wipe it down after each use. Students should have their own Chromebooks/iPads to minimize sharing devices. Please observe social distancing and other recommendations.  We want this to be fun, but safe! Not an S3 TechU school, click here to find out more and register today!

What:  Pick a popular winter/holiday story such as Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, etc.  Make a map of the story and program your robot to move through the map, telling the story/adventure.  Students can add in voice or light programming or make the robot move/dance wherever it is appropriate. Two or more teams could collaborate, each robot playing a different character in the story.  During the practice stages, each team should have their own map.  Once completed, they can come together and try to run their programs simultaneously on the same mat.

Be creative! Add obstacles, music, voice over, etc.  The final submission must include one continuous video of your team/teams playing out the story.  This can be embedded in a larger presentation or video with explanations of how you came up with the topic, how you developed the map and eventually programmed the solution. Please keep the entire final submission under 10 minutes in length.

Please obtain photo releases for the students to be on-camera and recorded if students are visible in the videos. S3 would like to post these videos on our website and via Social Media.  Full student names will not be posted.  Team and School names may be posted.

When: December 7- 11, 2020 is CSW/Hour of Code.  Final Projects will be due December 11 (schools may begin working on the project immediately). We would love to host a Zoom call on December 11 or any day the following week (we can determine an exact date at TechU) with all participating schools and share the projects with each other.  Depending on the number of entries, we will share all submissions or just 1 per school.

Where: At your schools, video submissions will be sent to S3 Technologies.

Why:   To celebrate Computer Science/Hour of Code Week and to engage our students in coding using problem-based learning.

How:  This contest is Robot agnostic. Use whatever robots and programming you have available to you at your school.

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Oct 2
Clean That Screen!

With some schools hosting in-person classes, safety and sanitation are a top priority. Along with keeping the hallways squeaky clean, we cannot forget that our in-class technology can be a hotbed for germs and bacteria.

What are the best products you can use to clean your screens and keep germs from spreading? S3 Technologies has the answers! Here is what our research uncovered.

Click "Download" below to find out all about cleaning your screen in the latest S3 E-Tip volume.

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Aug 13
Start Your School Year with Google Meet!

As you gear up for the school year, Google Meet has your remote learning covered!  It has a simple integration with Google Classroom and can hold up to 250 participants, with the ability to record footage directly to Google Drive...you can't beat it.
     
This is typically a paid service, but Google has given free access to the service through September 30th, 2020 due to the pandemic. Remote learning right through Google has never been easier.
     
Click "Download" below to find out all about Google Meet in the latest S3 E-Tip volume.

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