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.

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