TechBytes

Cherokee County Schools

Welcome

Thanks for checking out the first edition of the Cherokee County School's Technology Department newsletter! We hope you will find this information useful and helpful in both your instruction and managing the technology in your classroom.

Help!

Customer service is our priority! If you need assistance, please reach out to your school technology contact. If your issue needs to be addressed by our office, please email:

support@cherokeek12.org to enter a tech support ticket

technology@cherokeek12.org to reach everyone in our office and ask general questions

Security Focus

Phishing Scams

We are constantly working to avoid phishing scams. There are measures you can take to keep your information secure:

1. Don't use the same password over and over again! Have a unique password for all applications, especially your email account and iNow.

2. Don't save your passwords in your browser.

3. Be careful when opening emails from someone you don't know.

4. Be knowledgeable about what a phishing attempt looks like. Attackers can "spoof" other users' email addresses. You have to look carefully to determine if the email is legit. ALWAYS take the extra time to check emails that ask for sensitive information. Never send account information, banking information, or social security numbers through email.


Take this quiz to brush up on your ability to spot a phishing email:

https://bit.ly/2G0CHTo

New VoIP Phone System

The Technology Department recently tackled the momentous task of replacing many of our analog phone lines with an internet-based phone system. This change is saving our school system approximately $20,000.00 per year! Of course, with change comes some degree of a learning curve. Please click to review the topics found here, and let us know if you have additional questions.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PyNEQYnqE0_xIrX1rykVwl-Gxl7n3tOLijI4qTz5Be4/edit?usp=sharing

Purchasing

We receive lots of questions about purchasing technology items. Nearly all technology items must be purchased using a quote from our department. By law, we are required to bid out items we would like to purchase or use a state or national purchasing contract. Let us know what you need, and we'll be happy to send you quotes for your items. You will use either your classroom instructional money or school technology money to purchase items for your classroom. The system-wide technology budget is generally only used to purchase networking equipment and supplies.

EdTech Spotlight

Nominate an educator in our system who is using technology in innovative ways!

The winner will be featured in the next edition of TechBytes.

Click below for the nomination form.

https://goo.gl/forms/HGxPexmASV2jVOaH3

Want your students included in our next newsletter?!

Please submit photographs and short descriptions of how your students are utilizing technology in your classroom to Cassandra Lindsey at clindsey@cherokeek12.org

About Us

Cassandra Lindsey, Technology Coordinator

Danny Black, Network Administrator

Rhonda Clark, Technology Integration/PD

Jeff Helms, Computer/Network/Phone Specialist

Nathaniel Hunter, Computer/Network Specialist