Explore the Kami Library

Image shows Trending Resources in the Kami LIbrary, including Frayer Model, Gratitude Journal, digital Notebook, Ludo, Venn Diagram 2 Circles, Checkers, Chutes & Ladders, and Notice and Wonder Notes

Kami has just released the Kami Library, a collection of ready-to-go and editable templates. In the library you can find graphic organizers, activities, SEL check-ins and more. The Kami library can be accessed by clicking the Kami extension in Chrome or by visiting https://www.kamiapp.com/library. Templates from the library can be opened and edited using Kami or downloaded for printing. Kami is a PDF annotation tool that runs as an extension in Chrome and is fully integrated in Schoology. More information on Kami and how to use it with students can be found in the Kami module of the OSD Tech Tool PD Series.

Reminder: Clear employee voicemails Feb. 18 and re-record voicemail greeting Feb. 23

Work desk phone on a table

On Tuesday, February 22, the Technology department will complete a necessary upgrade to OSD voicemail services. Unfortunately, it is not possible to migrate saved voicemail messages or recorded greetings from the old server to the new. This means that everyone will need to re-record their voicemail greetings when we return to school on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Instructions will be sent out to all staff on how to create the new recordings.

Also, please make sure any of your unheard or saved messages are cleared by the end of day on February 18, 2022. 

Note: This upgrade does not affect the pre-recorded phone trees many schools currently have in place.

Thank you for your patience.

Please ignore automated email sent by Riverside DataManager

Last fall we emailed all employees to ask that you ignore an automated email from a vendor, Riverside DataManager. The automated email was sent in error by the vendor and asked employees to enter a password to access “DataManager.” Some employees recently notified OSD Technology that they received a similar email from the same vendor. Technology reports this, too, was an automated email sent in error. This is not a phishing or scam email, but you are not required to create a password.  There is no follow-up by employees required.

SecURLy Classroom Updates

Sample SecURLy module provided by company as a test module. Screen shows examples of how the platform looks.
(The above image is part of training materials provided by SecURLy and do not feature any OSD students or staff)

SecURLy is our district web filtering and automated health/safety system for our student Chromebooks. SecURLy Classroom helps classroom teachers monitor student engagement during the school day, guide students’ browsing, and communicate through chat and announcements.

SecURLy Classroom has just released a new user interface, called Nucleus. You can choose to use the original view or switch to the new view. All of the features you use will still be there, it will just look a little different. In addition, there are some exciting new features in Nucleus. Those new features include:

  • Preventing side-by-side windows (force maximize)
  • Close a tab and add the site to a blocklist
  • Add site to multiple blocklists at once
  • Choose end time instead of class length
  • Auto apply site lock at start of class
  • Bring a selected tab to the front
  • Ability to schedule class sessions to start automatically

To switch to the new view in SecURLy Classroom, click “Switch to Nucleus UI” in the upper right corner on the SecURLy CLassroom page.

For more information on these changes read What’s New in Classroom 8.1, complete the SecURLy Classroom module in the OSD Tech Tools self-paced PD, or contact the instructional technology TOSAs (Jamie Sproul, Sharyn Merrigan, or Bob O’Donnell).

Mark your calendar for Feb. 23; voicemail upgrade will require employees to re-record voicemail

Office phone on a table in an office area

On Tuesday, February 22, the Technology department will be completing a necessary upgrade to OSD voicemail services. Unfortunately, it is not possible to migrate saved voicemail messages or recorded greetings from the old server to the new. This means that everyone will need to re-record their voicemail greetings when we return to school on February 23, 2022. Instructions will be sent out to all staff on how to create the new recordings.

Please make sure any of your unheard messages are cleared by the end of day on February 18

Note: This upgrade does not affect the pre-recorded phone trees many schools currently have in place.

Thank you for your patience.

School board approves Technology and Safety Replacement Levy election February 8, 2022

Elementary teacher presents lesson on interactive board with image projected while student raises hand to answer a question.

The Olympia School Board has unanimously agreed to place a Technology and Safety Replacement Levy proposal before voters on the February 8, 2022 Special Election ballot.

The proposed replacement levy is not a new tax. It would replace an expiring four-year technology and safety levy approved by voters in February 2018. The levy would raise an estimated $52.4 million over four years (2023-2026).

“This replacement levy proposal reflects a continuation of our strategic planning efforts to make technology accessible to all students and prepare them for success now and into the future,” said School Board President Scott Clifthorne. “It also proposes investments to enhance safety and security at every school site.”

View more information about the replacement levy on the Technology and Safety Replacement Levy Election 2022 webpage. The page includes links to frequently asked questions, proposed levy projects, the levy resolution approved by the school board on November 4, 2021, survey results, levy planning committee members, and details about cost/tax rate.

Tired voice? Distracted students? Your classroom audio system can help!

Elementary classroom image of teacher walking through room of students working on a project

It’s not just about volume. It’s about clarity. Using your enhanced audio system helps ensure that your clear message reaches every seat in your space, with less strain on your voice.

You know from experience. Masks interfere with your ability to communicate with your students. There is a major difference in the quality of your voice when wearing a mask. Your enhanced audio system will improve both the quality and volume of your voice. Masks aside, 15-22% of our students have some hearing impairment.  Your enhanced audio system can help!…but only if you use it.

Benefits

  • Teachers have less vocal strain/no need to use “teacher voice”
  • When students hear better, they learn better
  • Less need to repeat instruction
  • Students are more involved and less disruptive

Tips and Tricks

  • Use every day to form a habit
  • 4-6 inches below chin
  • Charge nightly
  • Speak at conversational level
  • If you can hear yourself, it’s too loud
  • Test with different masks
  • Invite a colleague in to help evaluate

Please ignore automated email sent by Riverside DataManager

Last spring we emailed all employees to ask that you ignore an automated email from a vendor, Riverside DataManager. The automated email was sent in error by the vendor and asked employees to enter a password to access “DataManager.” Some employees recently notified OSD Technology that they received a similar email from the same vendor. Technology reports this, too, was an automated email sent in error. This is not a phishing or scam email, but you are not required to create a password.  There is no follow-up by employees required.

Please take Technology and Safety Levy staff input survey; deadline is October 12

The Olympia School District is interested in getting feedback from employees regarding the use of technology in our district. Survey responses will be reviewed as the district plans for a request to voters to consider the renewal of its 4-year technology and safety levy, which expires in 2022. The deadline to complete this survey is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. We appreciate your feedback.

The employee survey link below is also posted in the OSD Staff Portal. Please also note that students in grades 5-12, and all OSD families, will be emailed a direct invite today to take the Technology and Safety Levy Input Survey. The student survey link will also be posted in the OSD Student Portal.

Please take Technology and Safety Levy Staff Input Survey

Not seeing students in SecURLY Classroom? Learn how to get your students reconnected

SecURLy Classroom works as an extension in Chrome on student Chromebooks. If students have not restarted their Chromebooks recently, the extension may stop functioning. There are two ways to reconnect the extension.

Option 1: Restart the Chromebook (recommended)

Restarting the Chromebook will also reconnect SecURLy Classroom. Doing this often is recommended for needed updates on the Chromebooks and is a habit that most students have not developed. 

It is suggested that teachers built Chromebook restarts into their classroom routines. It could be the entry task every week on Monday, for example.

Option 2: Restart the Extension

  1. Students find the extension in their Chrome browser. This may be pinned or may be found by clicking on the puzzle piece icon in the upper left corner of their browser.
SecURLy Classroom extension in the extension toolbar in Chrome

2. If the extension needs to be reconnected, you will see a red ! on it

The image shows Extensions in Chrome, including one titled "Securly Classroom" which for purposes of this example has a red exclamation point just to the left of the title indicating the extension needs to be reconnected as explained in the post.

3. Have the students click on the extension icon. This will reset the connection and they will once again be visible in SecURLy Classroom.

For more information or assistance, please reach out to the Instructional Technology Coach team (knox-it-tosas@osd.wednet.edu)