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Wireless - Now District Wide!!!

All campuses now have wireless networking building-wide!

Here are a few tips to help you get going with the Judson ISD wireless network.WiFi logo

  • All users of the wireless network should review the Acceptable Usage Policy before attempting to use the wireless network. When staff and students sign the handbook annually, they are agreeing to the Acceptable Usage Policy.
  • District-owned wireless devices are preconfigured to automatically work on the Judson wireless network.
  • A Guest Wireless Network is available for staff & student-owned wireless devices.
    • Staff members using the JISD Guest wireless network may occasionally see an "Access Denied" message, as the guest network is filtering for students by default. If you wish to to bypass this block, look for the "If you would like to autheticate you may login" message. Once you login and are indentfied as a Judson ISD employee, you will be surefing under the employee filter, rather than the student filter.

Board Policy CQ (Local) now says the following: Students, employees, and guests may connect personal technology resources to the District’s guest wireless network as set forth in administrative procedures. Connecting personal technology resources to the District’s wired network shall only be allowed with written permission as set forth in administrative procedures

by P. Johnson

Opening Up the Web for Teaching & Learning

To meet the requirements of the Federal Child Internet Protection Act of 2000 (CIPA) and stay compliant with Federal eRate rules, JISD must filter objectionable Internet content from the students.  To achieve compliance, JISD utilizes a web content filter called Lightspeed. But this does not mean that EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN needs to be blocked.Lisghtpeed Systems

We heard you!!!  Many staff members have let us know that they need more access to web sites for research and instruction. Network Services has been working with Instructional Technology to review the current filtering categories. The goal is to relax the filter to allow a broader spectrum of Web 2.0 tools be made available to teachers and to start encouraging responsible use of the Internet!  Do realize that as we move to only blocking the "worst" of the web, previewing of web content and supervision of what students are doing online becomes all the more important.

Today you will discover teachers have much broader access to explore tools to help build Web 2.0 and 21st Century skills for students at all grade levels.

You should see a lot LESS of this……

BLOCKED!

HOW DO I GET A SITE UNBLOCKED?

If you discover a website that is a great instructional resource, but is blocked, use the “submit it for review” (from a Judson ISD device) link in the Access Denied message. 

Be aware we are also reviewing categories blocked from students currently.  Technology Services will be working with the Cabinet & Curriculum Department to ensure more resources become available.  Stay tuned for more information. 

by P. Johnson

Automated Screen Locking - In Effect March 5

To increase security for both users and computers, all staff and faculty computer screens will be locking automatically after a set time of inactivity.  District office and ERC offices have been on Automated Screen Lock for the past three years. Principals and Technology Services staff dicussed this and agreed that this was a necessary step to increase security of applications and data.

Starting March 5, the automated Screen Lock setting will auto lock teacher computers after 30 minutes of inactivity.  Office staff will auto lock after 15 minutes of inactivity.  Keep in mind, the screen lock will only lock if the computer is inactive for the set period of time. For example, power point presentation will not lock if the mouse or keyboard is being used to go between slides. However, the screen will lock if a video is being played and the computer has not detected any tactile input such as the keyboard or mouse movement.  During video presentations, Teachers can move the mouse within the 30 minutes to reset the 30 minute countdown and prevent the screen lock

The additional security measures are being taken to prevent data loss and to protect employees. Some incidents which can occur with an unlocked and unattended computer are:

  • Compromised data such as grades, personal information, or confidential student information
  • Data loss with the deletion of files
  • Emails being sent to others or to  a distribution list from your email account

As always, please continue to lock your computer when you walk away from the computer.  Locking the computer is simple.  You can lock your computer two ways:

  • Windows key + “L” 
  • Ctrl + Alt + Delete + “Lock Computer”

On March 5, Automated Screen locks will be in effect for all campus staff and faculty. Student screen lock settings will soon follow once Windows 7 is implemented at campuses.

by J. Orona

Top Ten Effective Ways to Use Your Classroom Projector

  1. Incorporate video into lessons to increase student retention and attention.  Use Discovery Education Streaming, a video based learning resource featuring full length videos divided into content-specific video segments.  Contact your CIT or Librarian to create an account.
  2. Engage students using presentation software such as PowerPoint to create interactive presentations containing text, art, animation, and audio and video elements.  Use when introducing a unit, providing background information, conveying complex concepts in an outline format, and when teaching a step by step process.
  3. Incorporate technologies with wireless interactive pads that allow teachers to create an interactive whiteboard on any surface in the classroom.  Connect multiple Pads in the same classroom to further increase student engagement and participation. Use for team activities, learning simulations, and student exploration.
  4. Bring more energy and activity in the classroom with a Classroom Performance System, a student response system using wireless connectivity.  In the hand of every student in the classroom, these student response systems encourage anonymous participation and provide immediate feedback. 
  5. Build graphic organizers, including concept maps, webs, mind maps and idea maps using a graphic organizer tool such as Inspiration or Kidspiration to brainstorm, plan, organize, think, and outline information
  6. Bring the Internet to life and engage the entire class using Google Earth, a satellite imagery-based mapping product, which enables users to "fly" from space to street level to find geographic information and explore places around the world.
  7. Model the use of a particular software or internet site to students such as the K-12 Database Program, an online research and information resource.
  8. Use a digital projector and presentation software, such as PowerPoint as a tool for developing confident public speakers.  Students create a set of multimedia slides highlighting the important facts from their reading or research and present their findings to the class.
  9. Students use Inspiration and group zigsaw activities to graphically map information gleaned from articles, textbook chapters or online research. One student from each group presents the information to the class. This enhances collaboration and communication skills
  10. Display images, text, video or a cartoon to engage students for journaling.

by B. Ahr

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