Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Week of September 26th

 Down Day Weekend - Sunday, October 2, 2022


The first Sunday of EACH month is reserved for the IT Department to perform disruptive (but necessary) maintenance on our networks systems.  With 24/7 access to online resources for our staff and students, we have reserved the FIRST Sunday of each month to perform this work.

Please note Sunday there will likely be disruption to various systems that may impact your access to: TTSD phone system, network resources (wifi), internet filter and Mac/iPad "Self Service"



OCTOBER is Cyber Security Month 

Please be on the lookout for TTSD's own Cyber Security Course (invitation coming through Canvas - https://canvas.ttsdschools.org).  Please complete this class between Oct 3 and 14th.



Other useful resources to learn more about Cybersecurity Month:

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Week of September 19th

Digital Resources for Students at TTSD:

As we have launched into the 2022-23 school year, there have been many requests about apps that our staff and students use on a daily basis.  Here at TTSD we take the protection of student and staff data very seriously.  Student and staff data should not be shared to an outside vendor without approval.  See below for how to request this for new apps/resources. Below are some highlights of the current TTSD approved apps in use, how to access them, and how to request something new:

  1. What are the current approved TTSD apps for students?  Click HERE for a full list!
  2. How do students access these apps?  Most TTSD approved apps are available either through Clever sign in/or ipad app OR Canvas (like Edgems, or the new Comprehensive Health Curriculum for secondary)
  3. Found a new educational app that requires students to sign in?  Please complete the App Request form before using any digital resources/apps that require a student to log in.  IT will work with the vendor to sign the Oregon data confidentiality agreement to ensure our student data is safe.


Google Docs, Sheets & eMail Tips & Tricks

TTSD has been a Google Apps for Education district for over a decade.  However, every day there is something new we learn to do in Google Docs.  Here are a few fun tips and tricks:
  • Did you know in Google Docs...
    • You can insert special characters using Insert >> Special Characters menu item? You can then search for the character or DRAW it to find a match.
    • You can turn on speech to text to create your document using the Tools menu > Voice Typing?
  • Did you know in Google Sheets...
    • By highlighting the column header of the sheet after you have filtered, you will get a count of how many rows are remaining?
  • Did you know in GMail....
    • You can learn a staff member's job title and phone extension by hovering over their name after entering it in the To: field on an email?
  • Did you know in Google Calendar....
    • You can enter the people you want to meet with in the "Meet With" box on the left and it will show you your schedule on top of their free/busy schedule to find the best time to meet. You can then click and drag the time slot you want and it will create an event with all of those listed in "Meet With" already invited.



And... How to Type Special Characters on a Mac:



Sunday, August 28, 2022

Week of August 28, 2022

Welcome Back! 

Your TTSD "Back to School" Digital Check List:

ALL STAFF:

  • Forgotten Password? 
    • Call x4051 (IT Help Desk)
  • REMEMBER: You'll need to click "AdminByRequest" before installing... 
  • Technical Issues?
    • FASTEST way to get support is to Submit a Tech Request:
  • Employee Access - Click here to Get set up!

ALL TEACHERS:

ELEMENTARY: 

    • All students & teachers should use Clever to log into: SeeSaw, Learning A-Z, Twig, ThinkCentral, and all other resources on their iPads
    • Please no reward stickers (or any stickers) on student iPads 😳

SECONDARY:

HIGH SCHOOL:



Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Week of August 1st

 

Down Day Weekend - Sunday, August 7, 2022

The first Sunday of EACH month is reserved for the IT Department to perform disruptive (but necessary) maintenance on our networks systems.  With 24/7 access to online resources for our staff and students, we have reserved the FIRST Sunday of each month to perform this work.

Please note Sunday there will likely be disruption to various systems that may impact your access to: TTSD phone system, network resources (wifi), internet filter and Mac/iPad "Self Service"


Software & App Ready Dates for Fall 2022
Curious to know when you can begin accessing a particular system for the new school year with new 2022-23 student data? Please see overview below and detailed link at the bottom:
  • July 19, 2022 = 2022-23 school year data initial load
    • Versatrans, Destiny, Blackboard, Synergy, SSAM, Titan/Nutrikids
    • iPad Apps assigned by (new) school available & (new) grade
  • Aug 8, 2022 = 1st Clever Sync
    • sharing to include apps that share by school & grade
  •  Aug 22, 2022 = 1st Synergy Gradebook sync (25th for MS)
    • Clever apps that share by classroom/course
    • Canvas courses created for teachers
    • Remind
    • iPad Apps assigned by (new) classroom available
  • Sept 1, 2022:
    • Parent/StudentVUE available
  • Sept 6, 2022:
    • student access to courses in Canvas

For a Detailed List of Apps by their 2022-23 Readiness Status, please visit
https://ticket.ttsd.k12.or.us/support/solutions/articles/19000062203




Monday, June 13, 2022

Week of June 13th

 End of Year Checklist for All Staff & Teachers



End of Term GRADEBOOK Checklist (Canvas, INC, Synergy)

The end of the school year is a fast-paced time when everyone is looking to help students complete the term.  Please refer to the following KB articles to help you with Canvas > Synergy gradebook sync (make sure you know about "remaster grade passback" and how to support students who are receiving a grade of Incomplete ("I")


Canvas Updates: Fall 2022

  • "Google Assignments LTI" will be the primary Canvas integration for Fall 2022:
    • Allows for a template/copy for each student
    • SpeedGrader integration (available this summer)
    • Visibility to "work in progress" for teachers
  • You can REUSE your 2021-22 course content:
      1. Identify the course that holds the information you would like to copy into a new course.
      2. Go to the course that will receive the material you wish to reuse and select Setting > Import Content into this Course.
    • Canvas is available for Summer Classes - please just submit a Tech Request to have a course made for you.  You will invite your students to your summer course (not rostered from Synergy)
    • There will be NEW Course template for 2022-23 (Preview and Self-Enroll as STUDENT: https://ttsd.instructure.com/enroll/93LHLF)



    Canvas User Guides for New Quizzes Feature:


    Friday, June 3, 2022

    Week of June 1st

    Down Day Weekend - Sunday, June 5, 2022


    The first Sunday of EACH month is reserved for the IT Department to perform disruptive (but necessary) maintenance on our networks systems.  With 24/7 access to online resources for our staff and students, we have reserved the FIRST Sunday of each month to perform this work.

    Please note Sunday there will likely be disruption to various systems that may impact your access to: TTSD phone system, network resources (wifi), internet filter and Mac/iPad "Self Service"


    Timeline for new schedules/classes in StudentVUE/ParentVUE & Canvas

    DRAFT Timeline:
    • July 25th: Blackboard will be updated
    • August 19, 2022 = “Push out” of MS/HS schedule & all ES sections in Synergy must be complete by this required date
      • NOTE: Teachers will have access to TeacherVUE Aug 19
    • August 22, 2022: 
      • Remind will be updated
      • Courses/Sections available in Canvas to teachers = Monday Aug 22, 2022
    • Aug 30, 2022 (7 days before school begins): Courses/Sections available to students/parents via StudentUVE/ParentVUE
    • Sept 5, 2022: Courses/Sections available in Canvas to students/parents

      

    Items Out Email

    Please look for an email in your InBox with any and all TTSD technology devices issued to you as a staff member.  Please review this email carefully and work with your school media assistant or call x4051 to renew any devices you have that are "overdue" and/or discuss items you may no longer have in your possession.


    Admin By Request 

    Most cyber security scams are successful because when scammers reach the computer, they have FULL admin rights to run any malicious program they want.

    In order to protect the district from cyber crime, TTSD's cybersecurity insurance policy requires that our computer users not have administrator access.

    As a result, all TTSD devices will have "Admin By Request" installed.  You MUST take the following steps to run updates, install software, allow system permissions (*like access to microphone or screen in Google Meet):

      1. Click the "green check mark" to launch Admin By Request
      2. Enter your email and the reason why you are needing admin access.
      3. Click Continue to ACTIVATE.  
      4. ** You will know you were granted Admin access when you see a green countdown timer.   


    Thursday, May 12, 2022

    Week of May 9th

     

    New Print Shop Ordering Website Coming SOON



    We are in the final stages of TESTING our new printshop ordering system.  Please look for a "launch date" coming soon (by the end of the month of May).  Some notable changes and improvements you will find:

    1. Same URL - http://printshop.ttsd.k12.or.us (or via the Staff Portal)
    2. Direct communication via the system to/from the printshop regarding the status of your order
    3. NO more "shopping cart" - you'll submit each print job request individually
    4. You will receive a "your job is complete" email, letting you know your job is with the courier for delivery.



    Please Thank Your Technicians!



    Our 10 school technicians (for 17 sites) are working their way through supporting 700+ certified staff with swapping out their computers for their NEW laptops. Hopefully you have already received your new laptop, and it was a smooth process.  Hours and weeks have been spent preparing the computers, documentation and refining the steps to make this as smooth as possible. Technology tools have become a critical part of our everyday home and work lives, but for some staff making this transition can be stressful and many times our technicians are counseling our staff through this process.  Please take a moment to THANK your technician and ask them if they need any additional support from you.


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