MyJISD Portal
Consolidating and Streamlining Employee Access to JISD Resources

portal_login_graphicMyJISD has arrived! Judson ISD launched MyJISD at the beginning of the school year and it has been growing ever since. If you do not know much about it yet, The portal is a central website that allows users to log on ONE TIME with their District Log On and once inside have easy access to a myriad of resources.

What is available in the Portal? Currently the most important items in the Portal are our “web based applications”. Teachers and district staff use a large number of programs that are offered as web pages or websites. You can read more about what applications are offered in the article “Using Applications in the Portal.”

Video Tutorials:
Logging Onto MyJISD

Click to Watch!
Access Employee Info
Includes Employee ID No.

The Portal also offers employees access to important information and resources. Our Employee ID number is now available in “Account Info”. Users can also manage and change their district password. You’ll find more about that in the article “One Password to Rule Them All.” The most popular resource has been access to our network files at home (or anywhere the internet is available!)

The Portal is far from done. It will continue to grow and change. More applications will come in, information will be added and it will eventually become the center of what we do in JISD on the web.

Using Applications in the Portal

Video Tutorials:
Accessing Applications

easy to find and use
Password Management
a.k.a. Single Sign On

The internet has forever changed the way we do our jobs now. Much of what we need to do on the computer is now done through a web site instead of a program. These “Web Applications” allow us to do everything from taking attendance to paying for a student’s meals in advance. The web application that teachers are most familiar with is GradeSpeed, but there are quite a few more – our district offered over twenty-five at last count! This number is only going to go up.

MyJISD offers all of these web applications in ONE PLACE and there are three big benefits that come from having them here:

  • Easy to Find – users don’t need to know all of the different website addresses or keep a favorites list on every computer they use.
  • Personalized – users are offered only links they need making it easier to find what they are looking for.
  • Easy to Access – users can store any required usernames and passwords in the portal and let the portal log them in automatically.

As we move forward, the portal will become the natural place to look for applications for employees. For some applications, it will even become the only place to find them.

One Password to Rule Them All

Video Tutorials:
Change Your District Logon
even while out of district
Security Questions Part 1
no more lost passwords!
Security Questions Part 2
Reset a Lost Password

If there is one issue that seems to plague users and pop up the most, it is the number of usernames and passwords we all have. As applications move increasingly to the web, many of them come with a new set of credentials for the user to remember.

One solution has been to work with the various vendors and service providers and try to get them to use our existing credentials (username and password) for their software. GradeSpeed and SchoolCenter both made the change this year to use our District Logons. But, some applications can’t make the switch such as Aesop which uses numeric ID’s. This is where MyJISD comes in.

padlockMyJISD, the district portal, offers users the ability to store most of the usernames and passwords they need for the web applications we use in the district. Users are prompted the first time they log in to enter any usernames and/or passwords they will use. Later these can be updated as needed. Once a user has set up the correct credentials for an application, MyJISD will automatically log them on whenever they access that application from within the Portal. This is also called Single Sign On or SSO.

These solutions together produce a lot of benefits: fewer headaches from lost passwords and locked accounts, ease of use across many applications, and even better security - no more need for the yellow sticky note with all your credentials!

Campus Technology Plans Showcase Campus Technology Integration

On January 24, 2007, a new process for Campus Technology Plans (CTP) was introduced and disseminated to the principals that included CTP guidelines, components and a sample plan. Based on their current student enrollment, campuses received a maximum allotment of $10 per student. Campus Technology Committees worked diligently to compose a Campus Technology Plan to align with the DTP goals that address computer literacy for all students/staff, computer integration in the content areas, and delivery of instruction through technology.

On April 30, 2007, 64 campus strategies were submitted from 20 campuses for approval to the District Approval Committee, which was comprised of professional educators from various departments. Their main role was to assess each campus strategy using an evaluation rubric. To ensure anonymity of the campus, each campus was assigned a letter. Of the 64 campus strategies submitted, 54 strategies were approved and funded through the State Technology Allotment. Campuses were notified in May via e-mail of their approval and sent copies of the evaluation scoring sheets. Much of the equipment was ordered and received this summer, so that fall implementations of CTPs could begin. As part of the accountability component, each campus will be given a binder or CDs to provide artifacts as evidence of attainment to support the implementation and progress of the strategies outlined in the Campus Technology Plans. Campuses are encouraged to have a yearlong CTP implementation. The next opportunity for campuses to apply is November 30, 2007.

Currently, we have several campuses implementing their Campus Technology Plans that utilize LCD projectors to deliver instruction in their content areas through daily agendas, teacher lessons, and student presentations. Some campuses are utilizing Mimeos, which are a more cost effective interactive whiteboard, but provide similar functionality. Other campuses have received scan converters which enable them to connect their computers to mounted televisions that provide a presentation system in lieu of an LCD projector system. A number of campuses have incorporated digital cameras into their curriculum to facilitate student creation of digital storytelling projects through the utilization of PhotoStory 3. Both teachers and students have demonstrated excitement in this new opportunity to embed technology into their curriculum and instruction.