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Technology Leadership Advisory Committee

ERAC’s Executive Committee has appointed the following individuals to the Technology Leadership Advisory Committee for a term beginning in June 2018 and continuing through to July 2019. This is an ongoing committee with annual reconfirmation of appointments.

The role of the committee is to provide advice to ERAC’s Executive Committee as to IT directions, policies and initiatives of benefit to consortium members.

ERAC welcomes these representatives to the committee:

Tim Agnew – Director of Information Technology  SD22 Vernon
Cheryl Fernandes – Director Information Systems and Technology  SD35 Langley
Ted Owens – Network Analyst/IT Manager  SD54 Bulkley Valley
Ted Pennell –Director of Information Technology  SD61 Greater Victoria
Jennifer Roberts – District Principal of Transformative Learning and Technology  SD5 Southeast Kootenay
Stephen Whiffin – Director of Instruction/CIO  SD43 Coquitlam


New PIA Available for Follett Destiny Library Manager

A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for Follett Destiny Library Manager is now available to download and personalize for your district.

Completion of PIAs ensures Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing new initiatives or programs.

You can download PIA templates and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.


Act Now: ERAC Discounts on Canoe Kids

ERAC has reached an agreement with Canoe Kids to make Volumes 1, 2 and 3 available to members at discounted prices. Canoe Kids digital magazines celebrate the differences and similarities among Indigenous cultures. The stories, themes and extraordinary photography are a valuable resource for teachers and students in developing an understanding of First Peoples perspectives and knowledge.

The materials are suitable for elementary and secondary levels. This agreement includes:

Volume 1: The Ojibwe
Volume 2: The Haida
Volume 3: The Mi’kmaq

Both digital and print versions are available at preferred pricing for ERAC members.

Digital versions can be ordered directly through ERAC and we will invoice you for the number of schools in your District.

If you are not ordering digital versions, print copies can be ordered via the Canoe Kids online store, using the ERAC member discount code.

For full details of this agreement, including confidential pricing information, an order form and the discount code for print copies, click here.


ERAC Extends Follett Agreement for One Year

ERAC’s agreement with Follett School Solutions for Destiny Library Manager has been revised and renewed for one year. The agreement offers discounts for districts that purchase an annual license for specific Destiny products and services. This agreement includes the following components:

  • Destiny Library Manager software and services – including implementation, data conversion, initial training and project management
  • Options for self-hosted and vendor-hosted Destiny
  • Discounted renewal prices for Destiny Library Manager and Textbook Manager 

For agreement details, check here.


ERAC Renews Agreement with West Education

The ERAC-West Education group agreement on SchoolMessenger Communicate (formerly SchoolConnects from Synrevoice), the fully hosted version of the company’s popular communications system, has been renewed until April 30, 2020. The agreement between ERAC and West’s Education group remains focused on the SchoolMessenger Communicate Hosted Service. The West Education group will also offer ERAC member districts a discount on the new SafeArrival solution.


Microsoft Agreement Renewal

On Friday, April 6, 2018 ERAC awarded the reseller agreement for the new Microsoft Provincial Licensing Agreement to Softchoice and immediately launched the renewal process.  The Enterprise Desktop (E Desktop) suite has been replaced with the new Microsoft 365 A3 (M365 A3) suite. You can find details on the agreement here.

All Districts and most independent schools have already been sent renewal information and ERAC Contacts are advised to return their Commitment to Participate form to ERAC as soon as possible so that we can process your renewal.


Learn360 - 197 New Titles Added

New titles have been added to your BC Digital Classroom subscription from Learn360. Click here to view a full list of the new titles.

For the first time, MARC records are now available for Learn360–providing a free, convenient, and effective way to increase usage by linking users directly into the Learn360 platform! The MARC records are available in your Admin Portal and can easily be integrated into your library’s catalog system by downloading them and adding them to your records. Contact your Learn360 rep.


New PIAs available for Access Learning, Rosetta Stone and EVERFI

PIAs for Access Learning, Rosetta Stone (French), EVERFI – Future Goals: Hockey Scholar and Ignition: Future Goals are available to download and personalize for your district.

Completion of these PIAs ensures Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing new initiatives or programs.

You can download your PIA templates and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.


ERAC NEWS

Bringing Virtual Learning Experiences to Your Classroom

Explore the possibilities to engage your students in real-time learning. You can find a short video to inspire you and tips to get you started. Identify your learning purpose and connect with an expert to arrange a session or join a pre-arranged virtual learning experience.  You will find everything here.


Matific PIA

As of December 31, 2017, the Matific Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template is revised to reflect the fact that all student data is hosted on Canadian servers located in the province of Quebec.

ERAC provides generic PIA templates to help Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing an initiative or program(s).

ERAC members can download this PIA template and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.