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:

    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 - (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.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2022

    Week of May 2

    Chrome Browser Update to version 101 

    • Chrome is the TTSD preferred browser for most resources.
    • Run updates regularly (weekly) to apply security updates.
    • Please UPDATE your Chrome to version 101 
      • OPTION 1:
        • Look for the UPDATE button in the upper right corner
        • Click UPDATE (this will restart your browser AND update your Chrome)
      • OPTION 2:
        • Click the Chrome Menu
        • Click About Chrome
        • Note if there are updates and if there are, you will be prompted to "Relaunch Chrome"

    Want to get your message out? 

    Make Your PDFs "ready" for ALL USERS...

    PDF files can either be a picture or readable TEXT.  Optimally, all PDFs TTSD users post online are readable TEXT.   

    WHYOften, a PDF is inaccessible for our students because PDFs are "flattened" documents or a picture of words, not actually words, on a page.

    HOW You can easily make your worksheets, handouts, any printed or scanned page accessible by using the OCR button on the copiers in every workroom in every school. OCR stands for Ocular Character Recognition and all that means is the words are readable by digital devices. A few years ago, Tualatin High School made a step-by-step guide on how to use OCR. Follow this link to find those directions because it works on your machine, too.

    How to OCR Your Document

    MORE INFO: You might have noticed that little purple puzzle piece Notes from the Field: Co-Writer vs Read & Write  in the top right corner of your Chrome browser toolbar. This powerful tool is called Read&Write for Chrome and TTSD has a district wide license for it which means that everyone (teachers, staff, & students) has access! As long as you sign into a Chrome browser with your TTSD email credentials you and your students have access! District or personal devices! With Read&Write everyone has access to Text to Speech (TTS), translation, dictionaries, and so much more! Follow this link for a quick video to introduce Read&Write.

    Introducing Read&Write

    Installing Read&Write

    If you would like to have a more in depth training on Read&Write or any Assistive Technology (it’s not just for SPED) please reach out to Jamie Maier, TTSD Assistive Technology Specialist.

    Wednesday, April 27, 2022

    Week of April 25

    June 2022 Last Month for "Data Warehouse" @ TTSD

    We have used the Data Warehouse ("Oregon Data Suite", aka ODS) since 2008.  With the data reports available in Synergy and our new ION MTSS system, TTSD will stop using "Data Warehouse/ODS" at the end of June 2022.

    • If you have questions or concerns regarding this, please reach out to our Assessment Department and Paul Verstraete.

    Video use in Classrooms - reminder Policy IIABB:

    As our streaming providers continue to improve their technology to protect copyright materials, including showing movies in a classroom, many classrooms this week experienced problems using their Apple TV and other devices to stream Netflix, Amazon, etc.  Please note:  it is NOT allowable to use your personal streaming services at school for classroom use.  For additional guidance around sharing movies in classroom, please see the following TTSD school policies:

    1. Use of Feature Films/Video/Other Media  :: Policy IIABB
      1. "Prior administrative approval for all non-G-rated films"
      2. "The use of commercially produced and rated films, and other media must adhere to existing copyright laws."
    2. Guidelines for the Use of Copyrighted Materials :: Policy EGAAA
      1. "The employee using emerging technology will be responsible to ensure that the intended use of the media does not conflict with copyright law"
    A Netflix subscriber will have to abide by their Terms of Use (
    "The Netflix service and any content accessed through our service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household." 

    Still have a question about "Fair Use" in the Classroom?  Check out this resource Fair Use Evaluator

    Wednesday, April 20, 2022

    Week of April 18th

    New Synergy Tool for Secondary Level Teachers - "Student Profile"

    • From the TeacherVUE seating chart view, click on any student & select "Student Profile" from the list. A dashboard of data about the selected student will appear, including the following data:
      • Attendance
      • Discipline
      • Course History/Graduation credits
      • Test History
      • Health concerns

    Cyber Security Awareness @ TTSD

    • Why Cyber Security?
      • Data protection
      • personal privacy
      • student/staff safety
      • business operations (ie payroll)
    • How?
      • phishing scams (email)
      • SMS/text message
      • phone calls
      • Internet/Web "hacks"
      • Computer compromise = Ransomware
    • TTSD Response to Improve Cyber Security (a few...):
      • Multi-factor authentication on staff Google accounts
      • Improve security access to servers/systems
      • Remove local administrative rights on user/staff computers
    • Spring Cyber Security Training for ALL Staff can self-enroll in the course HERE: (to get a jump-start)
      • You can also wait to be invited to the Canvas course at the end of April 2022.

    Friday, April 1, 2022

    Week of March 28th

     Admin By Request

    Beginning April 2022, TTSD will slowly be implementing a new security setting on TTSD laptops and computers.  
      • WHY: 
        • Most cyber scams and security scams are successful because when they reach the computer, they have FULL rights to run any program they want - there is NO granting o permission required by the user.
        • Our cybersecurity insurance policy requires that our computer "end users" are not administrators in order to protect the district from cyber crime ($).
      • WHAT:
        • What this means for all TTSD staff is eventually, you will need to request permission to install an application that is not found in Self Service in your Mac "Applications" folder.
      • WHEN:
        • This new security precaution will be rolling out slowly beginning with the new teacher computer replacements in April 2022 and should be completed by the end of the calendar year. 

    Down Day Weekend - Sunday, April 3, 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"

    Week of June 13th

     End of Year Checklist for All Staff & Teachers Year-End Checklist: Teachers, Computers & Carts   << LINK End of Term GRADEBOO...