Category Archives: Announcements

Fellowship Opportunity for ICCSD Teachers

Digital Promise, one of ICCSD’s partners on research projects and initiatives related to computational thinking, data interoperability, and learner variability, has released a call for applications for the next cohort of HP Teaching Fellows. The HP Teaching Fellows program supports elementary and secondary school educators who demonstrate powerful teaching and learning with technology. Ideal candidates design authentic, personally relevant lessons that challenge students and encourage collaboration.

The program provides educators the opportunity to:

  • Bring visibility to best practices happening within their school and district
  • Share thought leadership at national conferences and in various publications
  • Build community with innovative educators across the United States and Canada
  • Share and learn best practices with their peers and experts at Digital Promise
  • Earn micro-credentials for free
  • Experiment with new tech tools in their classrooms

There is no fee to apply or participate in HP Teaching Fellows. For priority consideration, educators should apply by Sunday, November 17 at:  http://go.pardot.com/e/414542/2PC5m5W/5dwzzn/993837131?h=zUfL4fzaio1ANLM0VOULmtSD4tlkVogIhWkFwnqEnfs

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EMAIL SPOOFING ON THE RISE

Good Afternoon,

I’m sure by now you are all familiar with and have experienced email phishing, but today I’m reaching out to discuss another very popular tactic called email spoofing.

Email spoofing is a type of forgery that makes the email look like it’s from a boss or colleague in need. They will often send a short, vague and sometimes desperate email in attempt to get you to reply to the message. Recently, school districts (including ours) have been hit hard with these attempts. Just in the last week we’ve seen five building administrator’s accounts spoofed.

You can generally tell that these are fake emails by looking at the email address the message is being sent from.  For example, the account doe.john@iowacityschools.org would be someone from the district and should be safe to reply to. However, an email from johndoe12@gmail.comprincipaljohndoe@yahoo.com, or even doe.john.iowacityschools.org@gmail.com are fake and potentially malicious. These are only examples and this is not an exhaustive list.

Here are few email best practices put together by the Help Desk.

  • Do not send confidential or sensitive information via email.
  • Do not send money or gift cards via email.
  • Always verify the sender’s address.
  • Keep an eye out for a yellow or red warning across the top of an email.


As always, if you have questions or suspect a spoofed email, contact the Help Desk.


Thanks,

Josh Reynolds
Client Services Manager

Faculty and Staff Computer Purchases

We have once again partnered with the University of Iowa to offer discounts for faculty and staff members who wish to purchase Apple computers and other Apple devices.

Receive up to $575 off of the regular retail price on select MacBook®, MacBook Pro®, MacBook Air®, iPad Pro®, iMac® models during our Apple Faculty and Staff Apple Appreciation Event April 25-26! Preorder online now through April 8th to be sure we have the model you want in stock.   

It’s really easy: 

1) Review the product list to find out which item best meets your needs, https://www.hawkshop.com/facultyandstaff 

2) Simply fill out the information below to select your model and we will reserve your item. 

3) Then stop into the Iowa Hawk Shop on the Ground Floor of the IMU April 25-26*.  

In addition to receiving the discount on your Apple device, we will also be giving away Apple swag to those who pick up their items in the store and as always the Hawk Shop is tax-free!    

*To receive the extended discount, payment for your item must be made on April 25-26, purchases made before or after the date will not qualify for savings.     

For any questions, please contact Ruby Bollinger at ruby-bollinger@uiowa.edu, or call  319-353-5212. 

Reservation form: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cCRL5fTLZsoyV0N

Citrix Virtual Application Server Updates

We’ve revamped the ICCSD virtual application server! Here are a few exciting things we’ve done to improve the user experience.

  • Branded login page
  • New and improved background servers
  • Improved login times
  • App optimization for better processing and graphics performance
  • Profile cleanup and reconfiguration
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An Inexpensive Home Internet Option for Qualifying Families

While the district is able to provide home internet access* for students in our secondary schools who do not have home internet, we sometimes get inquiries from elementary families about options for affordable home internet.  

One option that I’d like to share is Mediacom’s Connect2Compete program, which offers 10Mb internet service to families who qualify for $9.95 per month. 

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Canvas Parent/Guardian Access

Changes to the Canvas app and authentication system in early August caused our previous instructions for using the parent app to no longer work.  Please follow the instructions below to create a parent/guardian account, to access Canvas Parent from a computer web browser, to set up the Canvas Parent iOS/Android app, and to obtain a student pairing code from a student account.  Teachers can find instructions for how to obtain student pairing codes here.  

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Welcome Back!

From all of us in the Technology & Innovation Office, welcome (back) to school!  While we haven’t had the seismic technology shifts this summer that we may have had last summer in many buildings, read on to learn about the new and ongoing technology initiatives underway in the district.

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ICCSD Summer Tech PD Catalog

ICCSD staff members – teachers, administrators, and other staff members are eligible – should check out and register for our summer technology-focused PD offerings, listed here.  
 
You can sign up for one course or workshop, or as many as you like.  Most of the offerings are short (2-4 hour) workshops; there is no fee to sign up for these, nor is there compensation provided for enrolling in them.  The courses that indicate that they’re available for license renewal or graduate credit are 15-hour courses, and there is a fee associated with the credits earned.  As with the workshops, there is no compensation provided for enrolling in these courses.  

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iPad Update: Summer, 2018

All ICCSD staff members have received several email notices over the past couple of months regarding our upcoming iPad update project, which will begin at the end of the school year.  I’ve received a number of questions with regard to this project, and wanted to provide some overview information for those of you who use – or have students who use – iPads.  

Project Overview

All ICCSD-owned iPads – this includes those purchased with building, department, grant, or PTO funds – must be turned in to your building office or the ESC tech center by June 1st, 2018.  iPads will be reimaged and connected to our new management system, at which point they will be redeployed back to you.  The purpose of this project is to bring all of our iPads under a unified management system that will allow us to easily deploy and recover application licenses, improve security and manageability, and to identify and fix problems with devices.   Continue reading iPad Update: Summer, 2018

Celebrating Tech Program Evaluation Results

Five years ago, the Area Education Agencies in Iowa made the decision to provide Iowa school districts with access to the Clarity BrightBytes technology program evaluation survey.  Administered to teachers and students annually by the Iowa City Community School District, the data collected provides each district with a technology program evaluation tool that provides an overview of the whole educational technology environment.  This includes device and infrastructure quality, support, instructional technology, technology integration, and digital literacy, among other areas.  

This year, I believe that our results are worthy of celebration, and are reflective of the outstanding work done by our IT team, innovation coaches, principals, teachers, students, and board members in pushing for and actively utilizing technologies in the district.   Continue reading Celebrating Tech Program Evaluation Results