Friday, February 28, 2014

New Password Procedure--Comcast Passwords Hacked

Hackers stole e-mail passwords from Comcast (along with major security breaches at Target and other major businesses) customers this past week, reminding me to remind you to change your password. 

We have devised a simple way to change your password on your D219 accounts. Follow this link  http://portal.niles219.org/portal_admin/Account/ChangePassword to begin the process. Be sure to choose a password that is at least 8 characters long and uses a variety of letters and numbers.

Changing your password in the Portal will update your password on your computer, D219 Google Apps, and core systems such as Moodle, Eduphoria, etc.. It will not change your password on stand alone systems like Swiper. You will also need to reestablish credentials on your mobile devices (Chromebook/phone/tablet/netbook) to access District 219 Wi-Fi. Here's how: 
ChromebooksNetbooksWindows laptops

Going forward, the Portal will be the only place for users to manage their system passwords. Help Desk staff will no longer reset connections for your mobile devices, nor are they at liberty to change passwords excepting certain situations.  If you have any questions you should contact the Help Desk for guidance. 

Thanks again for helping to keep our systems secure.  

Atomic Learning Resources

On February 18, Atomic Learning added these to our subscription:
  • Focused resources on implementing a mobile initiative
  • Lessons addressing the technology components of Common Core State Standards
All of these resources were created by educators, like you, who have struggled with mobile learning and common core initiatives. By adding this training to our subscription, Atomic Learning continues to support our technology training, staff development, and technology integration efforts.
Log in and take a look at these resources.  https://www.atomiclearning.com/login/nileshs

On another note:
This video was made for students, but has some valuable ideas and information for all staff, take a look.

Are You Interested in Taking An On-line Course

Google announces an online data interpretation class for the general public.  If you haven't participated in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) this could be a good way to experience it and learn something at the same time.  
Making Sense of Data that will run from March 18 - April 4, 2014 with support from Google content experts.

For more information or to register, follow this link https://datasense.withgoogle.com/course

Voice Recognition Directory Services - Part 2


As announced in the previous newsletter, you can interact with the phone directory services via voice recognition by dialing "0" on District's phones. 

This month, we expanded that feature to include callers from outside the District. For example, when callers dial the District's main number (847-626-3000), and then select option "5", they will be prompted to speak the name of the staff member they are looking for. If a match is found, they will be automatically transferred to that person. Similar menu options are presented in Niles North and Niles West's phone menus, as well.

Student Tech Conference 2014 Recap

Some of District 219 Technology Leaders participated in the annual Students Involved with Technology conference held at Aptakisic Junior Middle School in Buffalo Grove on Saturday, February 22, 2014.


Hundreds of students in third through twelfth grade attended the conference and demonstrated a variety of skills from using green screens to create their own Play Store apps.  


Our Tech Leaders presented a workshop called Coding and Game Creation to a room packed with fellow coding enthusiasts. Participants shared their recommendations for resources and project ideas.


The conference was an excellent opportunity for our Tech Leaders to network with other students from the region.

Digital Literacy Scores in the ILP Explained by Tech Leader, Purva

Starting with the Class of 2017, students have a new tool in their ILP's that will help them demonstrate their digital literacy skills. Tech Leader, Purva created a video to explain the process to students.  Check it out.