CISD Tech News

Trends in Technology - October 2019

Technology Services

Teacher Laptop Upgrade

Teacher Laptop Questions and Answers


Teachers are now turning in the old laptops for the new laptops and we are receiving a number of inquiries for what will happen to these old laptops. So I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know what the replacement process looks like.


Everyone who has not already done so, will need to submit a work order through Eduphoria prior to November 18th, 2019.


Help Desk> Technology >> Computer (Desktop or Laptop) >>> NEW Laptop (Teacher)


Please make sure you have backed everything that you want to keep to your Crowley ISD Microsoft One Drive or Google My Drive. These are both online storage provided by the district for you to utilize. After you replace your computer, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RETRIEVE any of the items on that computer. Please back up your data.


Currently the Board-approved Technology Plan recommends the following:



  1. Assess the condition of all teacher laptops turned in to the Technology Department. Place them in four categories: 1 - Grade A (Working and no blemishes and/or damage); 2 - Grade B (Working; some small blemishes/damage on outer casing); 3 - Grade C (Working but outer casing is broken or damaged); 4 - E-Waste (Product is not working and is damaged)
  2. Take the Grade A laptops and refurbish & reallocate to select office paraprofessional staff members on the campus.
  3. Offer to sell the remaining Grade A and B laptops to faculty and staff; commensurate with CMD local board policy. Unfortunately, Teachers and Staff will not be able to simply buy their own laptop. The version of Windows we use requires authentication to our district servers, and we need to assess ALL laptops prior to making available to purchase.
  4. All Remaining laptops - sell them to a district approved re seller to offset the cost of projector replacement throughout the district.


The process for purchasing can not begin until all inventory of the older laptops have been replaced. So, please make sure to get your work saved online and a work order for replacement put into Eduphoria!


If you experience issues with your laptop, please put in a work order through Eduphoria! or contact the help desk for assistance. 817-297-5873

Instructional Technology

Clever

We are very excited to bring CLEVER Single Sign On to you and your students. We will now be utilizing and transferring instructional resources to this portal for all "Instructional Software".


Clever has many benefits and below are just a few:

  • Single point of resource for all instructional software
  • Auto rostering... Students are automatically placed in your classrooms (only for certain selected software)
  • Badges! - Logging into clever with badges for the students in lower grades or that need assistance with logging in.
  • Teachers can now discover and trial new software that is deemed "district safe" by visiting the Clever App Library


Some of the applications that are available now through Clever are:

  • Achieve 3000
  • I-Ready
  • Istation
  • STEMScopes
  • Google Classroom
  • Dream Box
  • Naviance
  • Studies Weekly
  • PBIS Rewards
  • and many more to come.

We will be moving more applications and resources to the Clever Portal for you soon... You will also notice that the above software will be moved solely to the Clever Portal beginning in November 4th. If you are not able to access the Clever Portal to get to these software, please make sure to put a work order into Eduphoria and we will get you that access. Thanks!

Cyber Security News

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - Own. Secure. Protect. IT

SOCIAL MEDIA FACTS

As we head to the holiday season, and family and friends will be posing for pics and updating statuses and tagging you and your family all over social media. While this can create a sort of digital diary or photo album, please be thoughtful about sharing.


FACTS:

  • Did you know that 3.48 BILLION people use social media worldwide... That's roughly 45% of the worlds population.
  • On average, these individuals spend almost 2.5 hours a day utilizing social messaging and networks.
  • 69% of all U.S. Adults use at least one social media site
  • On average, U.S. Adults have at 7 different social media accounts... Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, etc.


OWN IT:

The question becomes, "HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF while online???"


  1. This is the most important thing to remember ----- THERE IS NO DELETE button for the internet. Be careful and thoughtful with what you share and post... This is especially important to remember for our chosen profession.
  2. Privacy Settings - Set them to your comfort level and disable location settings for apps.
  3. Only connect to trusted sources and friends.
  4. Speak up if something you see or hear of being posted if it make you uncomfortable.
  5. Report suspicious or harassing online behavior.
Department of Homeland Security

National Cybersecurity Awareness Resources

Cyber Security Awareness Newsletter - October