Monday, September 13, 2021

Secondary Teachers Canvas UPDATE

2021-2022 Week 2 - September 13

Congratulations on making it through the first week! Here are this week's updates:

Canvas >> Synergy Grade Passback


Hopefully you have by now heard that we implemented a new integration this summer that allows teachers to sync Canvas assignments and quizzes (along with their scores) to the Synergy Gradebook.  
~*~ This is a ONE WAY sync (Canvas > Synergy) ~*~

Hopefully you have also heard that teachers should only create assignments/quizzes in CANVAS and not Synergy to avoid potential duplicates down the road. 

IT will be testing the integration this next week with a small pilot group of teachers. We anticipate being able to send a follow up email the week of September 20 with detailed instructions for all teachers to implement this new feature.

STUDENTS & PARENTS can access INDIVIDUAL assignment grades in Canvas; 
the overall grade for the course will no longer be available here.

Once we complete the setup for the Canvas > Synergy sync, teachers will have the option to sync assignment grades to Synergy where both individual assignment grades & the OVERALL grade will be available to students & parents in StudentVUE/ParentVUE.


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Cross-listing Courses and Course Card Name Changes
With the "new" way Canvas is initially displaying each period as an individual course card and the important step to Cross-list your classes so you end up with one course card per subject that you teach (Combining ("Cross Listing") Course Cards), it's important that you rename the remaining course card to REMOVE the period in the name.

ACTION ITEM: Here are the instructions for how to remove the period from the remaining course card so students don't' see a (potentially incorrect) period:
 ...Susan

PS - The option to make a Canvas course card name changes will be open through Friday, September 17th.  

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Technology Update - September 1, 2021

 Welcome back!

Your TTSD Technology department looks forward to serving you and helping to make your 2021-2022 school year successful and connected!

As you prepare your classrooms for the upcoming year, please keep in mind the following:


Lightspeed - New Filter Software

If you haven't already, you will need to install the Lightspeed filter onto your district device(s)
This filter will give you internet access as s staff member on your device(s).

Action Item: Install Lightspeed filter manually:

Mac:
  1. Open the Self Service app
  2. Find the Lightspeed Relay macOS Agent under the Common Applications category
  3. Click Install
NOTE: This will restart your computer. Please save all your works before proceeding.

Windows: 
  • Please go to this website to find your IP address
  • Put in a help ticket with the IP address and we can install the program remotely for you
 



Coming Soon...2-Step Verification for Google Suite. Required by November 1st 2021.
To clarify a few details:
  • With all the cyber crime, ransomware attacks and phishing attempts directed to K-12 institutions, we need to step up our security to protect our data and our students' data!
  • You may set this up now or WAIT until after school begins and set up 2-Step verification in October.  But Beginning November 1, 2021, it will be required for all TTSD staff Google accounts.
  • We are indeed enforcing 2-factor for the Google suite on November 1st - This means all staff will need to set it up within the next two months in order to access email and drive, etc. (all google things). This will also effect any 3rd party app that uses google to authenticate (Slack, Trello, Freshservice, etc).
  • The primary method we are suggesting is for people to use their cell phone to receive a text or phone call. If you do not want to use a personal device they can use their desk phone or Jabber to receive a phone call, or if you are comfortable you can use any other device to receive other google methods of 2nd factor authentication (google prompt, google authenticator, etc.)
  • Action Item: Detailed instructions for setting up the service can be found at TTSD Google Workspace - Two Factor Authentication (2FA). It only takes a few minutes - just do it now and get it over with! 



Secondary Teachers Canvas UPDATE

2021-2022 Week 2 - September 13 Congratulations on making it through the first week! Here are this week's updates: Canvas >> Syner...