CISD Tech News

Trends in Technology - February 2019

Faculty Google Accounts

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Did you know you have a Google Suite Account?

Google accounts have been set up for all faculty and staff using their current email address This includes access to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Classroom, Hangouts, Drive, Keep and Groups. This does not include GMail, as your email account will still be tied to Microsoft Office Account. All you have to do is sign in and authorize your account with your email account and password.

Google Account Sign In

Your Campus Instructional Technologist can assist you with access and usefulness, or you can put in a work order through Eduphoria Help Desk >> Google Support.

Instructional Technology

Skyward For Student Access

Some students may be having difficulty accessing their Skyward accounts if they haven't changed their email passwords or logged into their account to date. They were required to make the change to their email account for security measures and notified of this requirement in October of 2018. They can make these changes through our Single Sign On portal and by setting up their self-service reset questions. Below please find the requirements for access.

Students are required to change their password to conform to our Active Directory secure policy for passwords, same as all employees are required to do.

Passwords must meet the following criteria:

  • 1 uppercase letter
  • 1 lowercase letter
  • 1 number
  • 1 special character
  • Minimum of 8 characters
Examples of acceptable passwords are:



If students are having difficulty with this change, or need to know their default password, please have them make contact with the Campus Instructional Technologist and they will assist.

Google Add-ons

Google has so many new and innovative educational add-ons that can help take your technology prowess to the next level. Add-ons help you and your students do more with the district technology resources already provided. Take a moment to watch the video below and see what add-ons can do for you and your class.

***Please remember that not all add-ons are secure, even though they are in the Chrome Web Store, and could create security concerns for our data. If you run into an obstacle with installation of the add-on, please put in a work order and Technology Services will make sure it is secure and get it pushed out to you and your students.

Cyber Security News

Social Engineering

so·cial en·gi·neer·ing

/ˈsōSHəl ˌenjəˈni(ə)riNG/


  1. the use of deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes.

"people with an online account should watch for phishing attacks and other forms of social engineering"

Social Engineering is the art of manipulating someone to change or give information by impersonating a trusted individual or vendor. This particular type of attack is becoming more and more prevalent in our industry. Always be skeptical of [External] emails that demand change or to make payments with urgency.

To assist, we have installed a "Phish Alert Report" button on your Microsoft Outlook email. If you are skeptical of an email, simply press that button and it will be sent to our cyber security team for analysis.

Please take a look at attached document "Social Engineering Red Flags". Print it out and place it by your desk for easy reference.

Cyber Security Awareness Newsletter - February