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.
Thanks to Chelsea Sims, Teacher Librarian at South East Junior High, for passing along these resources (below) for teachers who are looking for some Google-related training opportunities.
As more teachers are thinking about going 1:1, many have identified the need for some Google Training. The IDS Innovation team has gathered a few options together for interested teachers. I shared this list with the Teacher Librarians at the High Schools and Junior Highs to pass along to their staff, but wanted to share it with you as well.
- AEA PD Online offers tons of courses for recertification and graduate credit on integrating technology into your classroom. (Choose Technology Integration from the first drop down menu)
- Grant Wood AEA offers courses in Technology Integration as well, including courses specific to Google Apps.
- Set up your own learning plan on Atomic Learning, a tech training website provided by the AEA. Login with AEA credentials (3141xxxx).
- Looking for a specific solution RIGHT NOW?? Try YouTube!
Self-paced courses specific to a 1:1 classroom environment:
The message (below) was emailed to all ICCSD parents, and includes information regarding accounts and services provided to students.
In order to ensure that parents and guardians are aware of the technology services that the Iowa City Schools provide to our students, this is the first of what will be annual notifications regarding district-issued accounts. Continue reading Student Account and Service Notification
With over 14,000 students and over 2,000 staff members, user account management is a challenging task in any event. Most people would likely be surprised to learn, then, that creation of new accounts for new staff members and students who enroll mid-year has been handled manually. As you might imagine, this can result in substantial delays for newcomers to our district to receive accounts that they can use to log in to district computers, and to use the communication tools that we provide.
In order to address this inefficiency, and ultimately improve access for our students and staff, the district is implementing the User Management Resource Administrator (UMRA), which will allow for automatic synchronization of student and staff information between our student/staff databases and network services, such as Active Directory, which handles logins to computers on our network, our Google Apps domain, Office 365, Follett Destiny (library catalog software), and Microsoft Exchange. Continue reading ICCSD Implementing Directory Synchronization