What’s New in the Technology & Innovation Department: E-Rate

With temperatures in the 50s this past weekend, it finally seems as though spring is in sight.  While day-to-day technology support needs in the district tend to hit a bit of a lull at this time of year – many chronic issues have been solved, and most new technology initiatives and programs are well-established – this is a busy time of year from a planning perspective. Continue reading What’s New in the Technology & Innovation Department: E-Rate

ICCSD Internet Service Disruption

On Monday, February 20th at 6:30 PM, ICCSD will experience an internet service outage due to scheduled maintenance by our internet service provider, the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).  During the outage, internet service will not be available within district buildings, and some district-provided web services, such as Exchange email, will not be available.  The district website, PowerSchool, and Google services will continue to be available during this time. 

While we do not yet have an expectation from the ICN regarding how long this maintenance window will take, we are estimating a four-hour service disruption. 

Classroom Suite Selected

After reviewing bids, the recommendation of the ICCSD Technology & Innovation department is that the district’s new classroom technology suite include:  Continue reading Classroom Suite Selected

Security Error

An update to the Chrome browser caused an alert to appear when people are trying to use district webmail, along with several other district sites, in Chrome. The updated Chrome browser flags all secured (HTTPS) websites that don’t have a certificate that Google considers to be valid as unsecured.

The site will still work if you click advanced and then proceed, and is in fact encrypted and secure.  We’re working on updating our security certificate with a new registrar that will remove this error in Chrome.

If you continue to have trouble opening webmail or other district sites in Chrome, please switch to Firefox or Edge, or use Microsoft Outlook to access your email.

Elementary Device Weighted Resource Allocation Model

One of the areas of research that I’ve followed closely has been the digital divide, generally defined as an disparity in the amount of access that students have to technology at school and at home (Dolan, 2016) but sometimes expanded to include in-school versus out-of-school literacies (Nasah, DaCosta, Kinsell, & Seok, 2010) or inequity driven by race and gender (Vie, 2008).  As we’ve transitioned to a digital society over the past 40 years, technology literacy is no longer an option.  Even in early elementary grades, mandatory assessments are increasingly delivered online, while students applying for college and financial aid will find that applications, supporting documents, work portfolios, and scholarship opportunities are almost entirely digital.   Continue reading Elementary Device Weighted Resource Allocation Model

Elementary Device Deployments

In addition to our upcoming 1:1 program that will provide Chromebooks for all of our secondary students, we’ll also begin a process this fall to substantially improve our device availability in our elementary buildings.   Continue reading Elementary Device Deployments

Upcoming Network Infrastructure Upgrades

While I’ve written about this a bit before in a broader sense, I wanted to share some information about the network infrastructure and core upgrades that we’ll be implementing in the coming months. Continue reading Upcoming Network Infrastructure Upgrades

Internet Performance Issues

The district is currently experiencing internet performance issues related to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.  We are working to mitigate these problems, and expect to have normal internet performance within the hour.  

I’ll post updates here as more information becomes available.  

Internet Content Filtering Change

SafeSearchDue to recent changes to Google’s SafeSearch enforcement – a Google-provided service which allows, for instance, the exclusion of pornographic content from Google image services – the district will be implementing safe-search enforcement at the DNS level, which will force safe search for all devices using the ICCSD network. Continue reading Internet Content Filtering Change

Google Classroom Service Disruption

Google is working on an issue that is affecting saving assignments in Google Classroom; see below.  

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