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"

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