Weekly eGeekly

March 18, 2020 Covid Quarantine Week 1

My Office Hours

I will be on zoom most of the time from 8-3:30 at https://zoom.us/j/8153946674 and you are welcome to drop in and say hi! You can ask questions, share your screen, I can share my screen, we can chat, whatever! If I am not in, chances are I had another meeting. The DLCs are trying to meet each day as well. But if you check back in 15-30 minutes I should be there. :)



You are also welcome to send emails with questions!


If you need help, please let me know.


If you emailed yesterday and we did not get your issue resolved, I am still working on them this morning! I promise!

HelpDesk Tickets

There is currently nobody monitoring HelpDesk tickets. Please do not submit these. They will go into a black hole.


We are working an alternate system for help requests should our quarantine continue.

NEW! Open for students! Google Hangout Chat!

Google Hangout Chat is now available for students and teachers. You can set up chat rooms for your classes where students can ask questions, and the chat is searchable. If you start to use this please make sure the students know that any and all conversations are recorded and transcripts can be pulled.


The video chat feature is NOT enabled for students. We would encourage you to use Zoom for video chat as an alternative.

Zooming Around

I have had a bunch of questions about Zoom, so I offer you this:


Internet Options for Those Without

This information is now linked from the e-Learning FAQ page the district has set up at https://www.friscoisd.org/departments/health-services/disease-prevention-mitigation/covid-19/elearning-faqs


  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.

  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time

  • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months

  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families

  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.

  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).

  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
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