ICCSD Canvas Resource Pages

ICCSD teachers learning about Canvas should check out the following resources: 

Additional resources will be added to the Canvas Resource page listed above as they become available.  

Google Read & Write Teacher Signup

One of the most well-reviewed services that we’ve implemented in recent years in the Iowa City Schools is Read&Write for Google Chrome, which is designed to improve the accessibility of web resources.  While we have pushed this service out to all students using their ICCSD Google accounts, the service’s publisher – Texthelp – requires that teachers sign up in order to receive premium access.  

This service is available to all district teachers; ICCSD teachers can sign up at this link: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/free-for-teachers/ 

You’ll need to enter your ICCSD email address as your email address, and can enter the following information for the district administrator section: 

School/District Admin Name: Justin Miller
School/District Admin Email: miller.justin@iowacityschools.org 

I hope that you enjoy and benefit from this resource!

ISTE from Afar

While I’m excited by all of the work we’re during this summer in the Iowa City Schools, a busy schedule has kept me in Iowa City this week rather than in San Antonio, the site of the 2017 ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference.  ISTE is among my favorite conferences to attend; due to its scale – with over 15,000 attendees including teachers, administrators, IT professionals, school board members, and higher education faculty – there are multiple options during each session that are interesting and relevant.  

Since I’m not there to report back on the goings on, however, I thought I’d share with you some of the work by folks who are in San Antonio.  Jonathan Rogers, journalism teacher at City High, has created a fantastic Flipboard Mag documenting his experience in San Antonio, while EdTekHub and the ISTE Blog allow you to follow the goings-on remotely.  I’ve also been following Twitter and Instagram during ISTE, making it possible to catch ideas and resources that I want to explore further.  

Summer Technology Update

Between the craziness of the end of the school year and a week with my four-year-old between the end of preschool and the start of day camp, I haven’t managed to post for a while.  I have much more coming, but here’s a quick update of what’s happening in the ICCSD technology & innovation department this summer. 

New Building Deployments

One of our big projects for the summer is preparation for the Fall, 2017 openings of Liberty High School and the new Hoover Elementary School.  These projects are coming along – Liberty in particular looks close to completion – and we’ve been working to make sure that the technology is set to go in both buildings.  The wired network is basically complete at Liberty, and wireless access points will go up soon throughout the building.   Continue reading Summer Technology Update

Staff Device Distribution Update

Halfway through our scheduled distribution of new staff devices, the process has gone very smoothly!  We upgraded 440 staff devices on Thursday (May 4th), and upgraded another 135 devices on Friday (May 5th).  We began with a bang – about 30 people arrived before 6:40 AM on Thursday – but after refining our process a bit, were able to process upgrades for the majority of users within our 15-minute target timeframe.  

Here are a few key pieces of information and takeaways that might be useful for staff who will be upgrading this week:  Continue reading Staff Device Distribution Update

Add a Preview Pane in Gmail

Those of you who have been used to Microsoft Outlook may miss the ability to preview emails without having to fully open them.  This short video shows a simple process (~ 1 minute to complete) to add a preview pane to your Gmail web interface.  For step-by-step instructions, look below the video.  

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Alert: Google Fake Share Update

Yesterday, Google Drive was subject to a phishing attack that sent fake messages with a Google Doc link, with a subject line telling you that a file had been shared with you.  This was a worldwide event (not just ICCSD), and you can read about this issue here, here, and here.  

What should you do? 

While there is no evidence that this scheme allowed attackers to steal passwords, we are recommending that if you clicked the shared doc link in one of these spam emails, you change your password as a precautionary measure.  Since our ICCSD Google passwords are synchronized with our network passwords, you’ll need to change your network password.  You can do this by pressing Control-Alt-Delete at the same time, and clicking “Change a Password”.  You’ll need to enter your old (current) password, and then enter your new password two times.  Within a few hours (at the most), your new network password will be synchronized to Google, and will become your Google password as well.   Continue reading Alert: Google Fake Share Update

Google Drive Problem Alert: Don’t Click Shared Doc

Google Drive is currently experiencing a widespread problem that is not limited to ICCSD, which is causing “NAME has shared a document on Google Docs with you.”  

Do not click on the links that are being sent.  They are not legitimate. 

At this point, it’s unclear whether this is simply a problem with Google, or whether it’s a coordinating phishing attack.  Google has acknowledged the problem and is working on a solution.  In the meantime, here are some tweets from Google users around the country experiencing the same issue:  

Google Calendar: Viewing ICCSD Facilities (Room) Calendars

This video shows you how to add and view facilities calendars that have been created for scheduling of ICCSD rooms and facilities within Google Calendar.  For step-by-step instructions, look below the video.  

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Using Outlook to Access & Manage Your Google Calendar(s)

The video below shows you how you can use Outlook to access and manage your ICCSD Google Calendar(s).  As you’ll see, you can create and manage events, as well as view shared Google calendars using Outlook. 

Important: Prior to having the access shown in the video below, you’ll need to run the tool that will connect Outlook to your ICCSD Google account; click here for instructions.