Friday, April 7, 2017

Technology Update: Tech for Home; Network Security Reminder 04-06-07

A new update and a quick reminder to view the 2 videos from Keenan Safe Schools before the end of the day tomorrow (all staff):

CTL Chromebooks for Home

The Technology Department has reached out to CTL, the manufacturer and vendor currently providing Chromebooks for our WUSD classrooms, to request the same low pricing for our staff and families.  As announced at STU-CON, CTL has made this pricing available for us to share.  Go to bit.ly/wusdctl to order your personal CTL J5 flip 10 point touch Chromebook for under $300. A flyer is attached – we are working on the Spanish and Russian translations for our families. This offer is valid for all of our WUSD families and staff.  Please note: Personal Chromebooks will not connect on our district network making them a great resource for home.


REMINDER: Network security begins with our WUSD Employees – DEADLINE TO COMPLETE IS THIS FRIDAY - TOMORROW!

As hackers get increasingly crafty at attempts on our network, it is time to revisit network security and the measures each employee can put into place to prevent ransomware and breaches.  Password security and email safety education are two areas that the Technology Department is seeing as increasingly important in stopping this type of activity. Each employee has a responsibility to the organization to have a strong password that is kept safe and not shared (Section 2.6 of the WUSD Staff and Faculty Acceptable Use Policy) and to have an understanding of general practice around email and messaging safety (Section 3 of the WUSD Staff and Faculty Acceptable Use Policy).  The WUSD Staff and Faculty Acceptable UsePolicy is attached for your reference only – you already have a completed form on file as an employee of WUSD.

To assist in developing a strong password and to learn more about email and messaging safety, all WUSD Staff and Faculty have been assigned the following two “courses” from Keenan Safe Schools to complete and should have both courses completed no later than Friday, April 7:

  • ·         Password Security (Full Course) – 5 minutes
  • ·         Email and Messaging Safety (Full Course) – 12 minutes


Please go to the website www.wusd.keenan.safeschools.com/login and log in under your ID-the first initial of your first name and your last name (for example: jdoe).  If this does not work, please try your full first name and full last name together.  If you are still having trouble, please reach out to Jennifer Geminder at jgeminder@wusd.k12.ca.us for assistance.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Common Troubleshooting Keyboard Shortcuts

control + shift + o resets screen resolution, control + alt + z turns on/off ChromeVox
These are keyboard shortcuts that will resolve commonly asked troubleshooting questions regarding your Chromebooks. If a Chromebook appears stuck on a less than desirable screen resolution, use Control + Shift + o and it will reset the screen resolution.  If you have a talking Chromebook, most likely ChromeVox (a screen reader) was enabled. You can turn off ChromeVox with the Control + Alt + Z keyboard shortcut.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Technology Update: STU-CON, CapCUE Mini Grant, Security 03-21-17

STU-CON 2017
Just a reminder that the first annual STU-CON is THIS Thursday at City Hall!  All WUSD staff are invited to attend and learn from our student experts about the technology they are using in WUSD classrooms. Video creation, robotics, all things Google, student created music, and much more awaits you!  The doors open at 5 pm and there will be several door prizes available for attendees – including at Chromebook!

CapCUE Mini Grants
Each Spring CapCUE, the local CUE affiliate, supports classroom technology projects as part of a $500 mini grant program.  Check out http://capcue.weebly.com/mini-grants.html for more information. If you need assistance in writing a mini grant, reach out to Edmund Lynch, Technology TOSA, and he’d be happy to assist (elynch@wusd.k12.ca.us).

Network security begins with our WUSD Employees
As hackers get increasingly crafty at attempts on our network, it is time to revisit network security and the measures each employee can put into place to prevent ransomware and breaches.  Password security and email safety education are two areas that the Technology Department is seeing as increasingly important in stopping this type of activity. Each employee has a responsibility to the organization to have a strong password that is kept safe and not shared (Section 2.6 of the WUSD Staff and Faculty Acceptable Use Policy) and to have an understanding of general practice around email and messaging safety (Section 3 of the WUSD Staff and Faculty Acceptable Use Policy).  The WUSD Staff and Faculty Acceptable Use Policy is attached for your reference only – you already have a completed form on file as an employee of WUSD.

To assist in developing a strong password and to learn more about email and messaging safety, all WUSD Staff and Faculty have been assigned the following two “courses” from Keenan Safe Schools to complete and should have both courses completed no later than Friday, April 7:

·       Password Security (Full Course) – 5 minutes
·       Email and Messaging Safety (Full Course) – 12 minutes


Please go to the website www.wusd.keenan.safeschools.com/login and log in under your ID-the first initial of your first name and your last name (for example: jdoe).  If this does not work, please try your full first name and full last name together.  If you are still having trouble, please reach out to Jennifer Geminder at jgeminder@wusd.k12.ca.us for assistance.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Important Lexia Information

Staff, students, and teachers in Washington Unified School District click, browse, and surf thousands of webpages on the internet every single day.  When we connect to those pages, they often will ask us to make choices about how we want our Web Browsers -- Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer -- to respond.  It can often be tricky to determine whether we should "allow" or "deny" these requests.

When should we "allow"?

Certain webpages WUSD knows are trusted sites.  Lexia, Thinkcentral, ConnectED, and others we have specifically contracted with to provide educational services to our district should always be "allowed" to run as asked.  Teach your students to choose correctly!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Video Options in Google Slides

Insert Video Google Slides Menu with Red Box around Google Drive
Starting today you'll see new, exciting video options for Google Drive.

You can now insert videos from Google Drive directly onto Google slides! Insert > Video > Choose Your Video Source (Previously you were limited to only using YouTube videos.) Just imagine the possibilities with student-created videos using WeVideo!

Regardless of the source of your video, you also now have more video options! Select the video on your slide and you'll see Video Options on your toolbar.

Video Options side bar with start and end optionsSelect Video Options on your toolbar and a menu will appear on the right.  Got a long video but only want to show 30 seconds of it? Now you can with ease! Video Options allows you to set the start and end time of your video. You can even set the video to autoplay when in present mode as well as mute audio. How will begin using these new video options in Google Slides?