Wednesday, September 20, 2006

TechTalk update September 20, 2006 Progress has been made!

Hello to all!

K-12 WOCSD Technology Status         September 20, 2006

Thanks for your patience.
Please share this email with others who I may not have on my email list. I keep adding new staff as soon as I get them

Today September 20, 2006, ADS, our outsourced network provider,  was scheduled to be at WHS to finalize the movement of some staff to the new DOMAIN. Due to an  illness they were unable to come down. The lead programmer has bronchitis , so we will reschedule. John Osterday and Cheryl were able to get Adult Ed. moved over with some remote assistance from ADS. John Osterday and Cheryl finished getting 12 people moved over to the domain and linked up to their files.

Dan Gagner, our MLTI/ibook consultant, who happens to be a retired technology integrator, by Thursday will have processed 650 ibooks through his data base, moved to the domain and they are ready to hand to students depending on how the High school and Junior High are ready to move forward. Dan is also moving the old MLTI laptops to the domain and half will remain at WJHS, the other half will move to WES. A huge thanks to Dan and all his work!

There are 6 more people to move over at WES.

We are thinking we have moved all staff to the new domain in terms of laptops.

So.... if  you are not able to go on the Internet, not able to get email, not able to print, we do want to hear from you. Find a computer and send off an email. It is great when I hear from you and I move around the district, but my hand gets full of notes and I run out of space. Go ahead and email me.

Since you have been moved to the domain, you can log onto any computer in the district. Please share with the ed techs that they too can log on and have access to their email and a folder to save their documents. Ed Techs all have the same password that was the standard, color password.

There have been printing issues with the new copiers and we are trying to isolate what the problems are.

Next we will begin working on getting classroom computers and students at WHS onto the network. Classroom computers will be added to the domain we will be getting around to you.

Be ready to change your password. Here are the directions again for the protocol. Have some fun with  your password sentence!

Here is a republish of my summer time hints for password protocol.

This ADS network will standardize the district with all staff logins, student logins in all buildings and
a new login/ password protocol. Our standard login will be first initial -last name, (
exceptions will be for similar logins in which case the next letter in the first name
will be added).
**** Bulletin*** Extra***Extra***
The other part of the protocol will be that student passwords will change on a 90 day
rotation basis(3 x a year: not for Wells Elementary Students), STAFF passwords will
change at 180 days (2 x per year). This change represents a more security acceptable
protocol.  So, I am going to ask you to do some summer bummer homework. Be thinking of a
way to come up with your own password that you will remember. I?ve been reading about
passwords and some of the latest recommendations.
Here are the guidelines:
           Passwords must use a variety of kinds of symbols and keys
           At least 8 characters
           A lower case letter, an upper case letter, at least a number
           Optional use of non-alphabetic characters

The reason we will be following this protocol is to prevent hacking programs from
cracking your codes. Also, we will ask that you NOT write down your network password,
which defeats the whole protocol.

You will not be graded on this, but you will be happier having done this ahead of time.
Think of a favorite saying or sentence. You can write this down at home and try it ahead
of time to see how easy it is to type, that will be critical! Take the first letter of
each word and make up your password. Here is how to create your code.

My sentence:

Sugarloaf is best for skiing and snowboarding. ( only 2 more months to ski season.)
My password will look like this at first


However, I could use & for the word and, then add a number and I am done.
Finished password:


So, I challenge you to come up with your security password. Oh, in 6 months when we have
to change this, I will have another tip for redesigning your password.

           Do not use your names, children?s name, pet names, school name, titles etc
           Do not use WORDS
           Do not use DOB, SS#, anniversary , phone number
          I will post most of this on my new TechTalk blog. Comments are welcome.

Information about passwords was gathered from this article. People, problems and
passwords by Victor Bobb, ITtrends, 2nd quarter, 2006

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