Tech. TidByte

May 29, 2015

A Message From Dr. Melissa Williams

Responsible and Acceptable are not synonymous. As a district we believe in creating lifelong learners and responsible citizens. In the world of technology where NOTHING is private and 37% of employers check social media regarding potential employees, responsible use of technology is critical for both our students and us. We use programs like Shattered Dreams to remind students of the dangers of drinking and driving but what do we do to ensure students and staff understand the consequences of posts in social media including email and texting. Beginning the 2015-16 school year Dickinson ISD will move from Acceptable use of Technology to Responsible Use of Technology to address the issues that technology use can have on anyone’s future.

Google Training

We have a limited number of spots open for Google in Your Classroom training. Repeated sessions are being offered on August 5th and 6th. Sign up now with the links below if you would like to get up to speed before school starts. Sessions will also be offered on campuses next school year.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015

iStation & Think Through Math Summer Usage

iStation Reading and the Think Through Math program will be available for Summer usage for all students entering Grades 3 - 8 next school year. Encourage your students to keep their Math and Reading skills sharp by using these programs to avoid the dreaded Summer regression. The below resources offer parent letters and other program information.


Think Through Math


If using Skyward outside of the district, some difficulty may be experienced. This applies to parents, too. We are working with Skyward to resolve this issue and wanted you to be aware.

Passwords and Cleaning Up Your Email

Now is a great time to clean up your email and change your password so that it is still active when you return next school year. Luckily, passwords only need to be reset every 180 days now.

Email Clean Up

Resetting Password

Want to Lose Everything on Your Desktop?

Don't forget to move everything off of your desktop before you leave for the Summer so that it is not lost. Also, be sure to Back Up your Favorites.

Backing Up Your Files and Computer

Power Down this Summer

  • Power Cords plugged directly into a power source in the wall

DO NOT UNPLUG (click on the links for pictures, if you are not sure)

Don't forget to plug these back in when you get back from your break!

Phone Changes for Next School Year

If you are moving classrooms or campuses, please let us know via the form below so that phones and program access can be updated.

Moving Form for Phones & Program Access

Updates & Network Issues (Firewall)

Our firewall is saturated due to the amount of traffic currently flowing on the network. We have worked with Cisco to see if there is a temporary fix and are waiting on some results. We will be getting a new firewall when the budget year opens, but until then, we will see slower speeds.

Updates can speed up the performance of your computer. It is recommended that you run these before leaving for the summer so that there are fewer to run when you return from Summer Break.

How to Run Windows Updates

Basic Steps

  1. Click on your Windows Icon in the bottom left hand corner of your desktop
  2. Type in Windows Update into the Search Bar, and select this when it populates
  3. In the window that opens, select "Check online for updates from Microsoft Update"
  4. Windows will Check for Updates, Download Updates, and then Install Updates
  • This could take up to an hour
  • You may still work on your computer when these are running
  • You will eventually have to restart your computer, and it may take a little longer than usual to login

Final Electronic Signatures

Don't forget to sign any and all PDAS documents in Eduphoria. If you are having trouble, this quick tutorial will help.

Electronic Signatures