Thursday, January 4, 2018

Single Sign On (SSO) Apps Portal Update

Apps Portal Screenshot with apple Bridge Logo, Sign in, and Sign in with Google Button
Happy New Year!

TK-8 Teachers! You will notice when students login to their Chromebooks that the WUSD Apps Portal Page will begin to automatically appear over the next few days. For those who have already set-up Single Sign On with your students, they will be able to just click Sign On with Google to gain access to the portal.

If you or your students have not set up Single Sign On yet and would like to get started with our Apps Portal, you can reach out to Edmund Lynch or Melissa Oliver and we will arrange a time to come and set up your class. Alternatively, we have a WUSD Apps Portal Playlist available on our YouTube Channel that you can also walk you through the process.

The Apps Portal will remain available on our District Webpage via the Portal Icon for easy access from Home and for our High School Students using our Single Sign On Apps Portal.

Our Apps Portal is also now available on Mobile Devices! Download the ClassLink Launchpad App from Google Play Store or iTunes, search for Washington Unified School District, login, and enjoy mobile access to our apps portal.




Friday, December 15, 2017

Media Streaming and STU-CON 2018

There has been a spike in network traffic at the K-8 schools that is consistent with streaming of video and audio. Please be kind and share the bandwidth with your fellow teachers as this impacts all network traffic. Next week is finals at River City High School and if streaming of popular movie and music sites becomes an issue that impacts finals, we will need to temporarily block those sites.

New network equipment at River City, Bridgeway Island, Southport, Stonegate, and Westmore Oaks was recently approved through our E-rate application. We are finalizing the necessary paperwork and are planning the install of the new equipment in early Spring.

New network equipment, new cabling, and a 1 GB connection to YCOE for our Internet have all been projects we’ve been working on the past three years to provide our classrooms with the best and fastest access possible. We are in the home stretch and appreciate your patience and consideration about the non-essential use of the media during this time.

STU-CON is back for 2018! Begin thinking of those amazing student projects and be sure to reach out for help with ideas on how to integrate more tech into your daily lessons or projects. We are moving the venue to the Community Center to be able to expand into more rooms.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hour of Code - December 4-8


The Hour of Code is coming next week - December 4-8! The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. To participate in the Hour of Code, take a moment to check out Technology Department Hour of Code website for a short 2:04 minute introductory video and Teacher How-To Guide to get you started. Using the Code.org student-guided tutorials is simple to do and doesn’t require students to create accounts or login - making it an easy way to participate next week.


The Technology department is here to support you in planning and teaching the Hour of Code so please reach out and let us know what you need!  

Grade TK-1 teachers: Check your inbox for an email from Melissa Oliver - she is putting together sign-ups to do Ozobots with our littlest learners next week as part of the Hour of Code!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall BrightBytes Survey is Now Open!


BrightBytes Survey for Students, Teachers, Administrators and Parents


Washington Unified has partnered with BrightBytes, an educational research and analytics organization, to survey students, teachers, administrators, and parents to learn more about our technology use for student learning. The data being collected is part of Goal 1 of the  Local Control and Accountability Plan(LCAP)  that is focused on the 21st century skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship.

The Brightbytes survey can be completed by visiting http://bbyt.es/start/8722C  

All students in grades 3-12 and all teachers and administrators are required to take this 5 minute, anonymous, and adaptive survey. Please encourage your parents to participate by sharing this link on your school sites and in communications home to families.

Be the first school to reach 100% completion and win a special prize from the Technology department!   

The survey now open and will close on Friday, October 13.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ClassLink Portal Launch for 6-8 Students

Today we are launching the WUSD ClassLink Portal for our Middle School Students in Grades 6-8.  We will be livestreaming throughout the day a 15 minute demonstration that will walk students through how to access ClassLink, set up their accounts, and establish Single Sign On for their ConnectED accounts.

English Teachers can display the stream to their classes during the following times.  Please refresh this page to get the URL for your Live Stream.

To take full advantage of this brief overview, have students logged into their devices in advance with the district website open in Chrome and student login information to ConnectED readily available.