Technology Administration and Forms

Technology Forms, Policy and Administrative Services

On this page find information pertaining to Washtenaw ISD Technology forms, policy and the Administrative Services we provide.

  

Technology Forms for Download

Please click on the appropriate link to download a PDF of any of the following forms:

  

District Technology Services

The following Technology Services are provided to Washtenaw County Schools by the Washtenaw ISD:

  • Abuse/Intrusion Detection:  As owner of the IP address space for the countyschool districts, abuse problems are reported directly to, and acted upon by, the Washtenaw ISD. We utilize several forensic tools and have staff that is trained in internet and network security/discovery procedures to help identify and resolve these problems.
  • Application Hosting: The Washtenaw ISD hosts Application Software and Databases for area school districts. Responsible personnel at the districts remotely access these applications and data through secure connections set up and maintained by the Washtenaw ISD. The Washtenaw ISD takes the responsibility for maintaining the server, the server's security and access rights, application updates and backups of the data.
  • Barracuda Spam Filter: The Washtenaw ISD owns and operates a Barracuda Spam and Virus Filter that services most of Washtenaw’s school districts. All inbound e-mail flowing to participating district e-mail servers is first filtered through the Barracuda filter for spam and known viruses.
  • Class C IP Addressing: Washtenaw ISD installed head-end fiber equipment at each school district, lit the fiber back to the Washtenaw ISD and contracted with Merit Network, Inc. to provide internet access for all local school districts in Washtenaw County. Washtenaw ISD is the intermediary ISP for our local districts. Washtenaw ISD manages all the class C IP address assignments for the local districts. It provides network management and control services and is the primary contact for internet related issues for our local districts.
  • Consulting: Upon request, the Washtenaw ISD provides technical and data consulting services to its local school districts in a variety of different areas.
  • Washtenaw ISD DataDirector: With DataDirector, educators are offered more than just access to data. DataDirector provides all the tools one needs to analyze state and local assessment data, teacher created tests, and demographic information together in one location. DataDirector facilitates secure access and interaction with student data so districts can identify students’ areas of need and develop a plan for improving achievement. DataDirector’s friendly, web-based tools make it all possible.
  • Fiber Network: In 1999 Washtenaw ISD installed over 100 miles of fiber that covers the county providing access from the Washtenaw ISD campus to each of its local school districts. Each of our local school districts and the ISD are provided with high speed internet access, along with data, voice and video capabilities as needed.
  • Internet Access: Bandwidth for internet access is made available to all our local districts and Washtenaw ISD by contract with Merit Networks, Inc. The bandwidth usage is monitored monthly and the contract is adjusted annually as necessary.
  • Internet Content Filtering:  On recommendation from the Washtenaw County School Superintendents an Internet Content Filtering partnership began in the fall of 2007.  Recommendations for county level internet content filtering were made by participating districts and Washtenaw ISD, in accordance with CIPA guidelines. Each local district also has the ability to access and manage filters on a more granular level for their respective districts.
  • Library System:  Washtenaw ISD operates the Destiny Library System for several of our local districts. The pricing for a consortium system was roughly half of the cost of districts running their own stand-alone systems. It has also allowed local districts to upgrade older library software with a top notch web-based library system, which is available day or night from anywhere and also can be used for asset and text book tracking.
  • Moodle Learning Management System:  Moodle is a free, open source, online course system. With this technology, teachers can build courses that can be accessed anywhere at any time.  Using the Washtenaw ISD as its central access location, a Moodle server system is provided for districts in Washtenaw and Livingston County. Each district can configure their portion of the Moodle server independent of other districts, utilizing their own administrators, users, themes and course offerings. The Washtenaw ISD is providing training and templates for courses to local district staff and coordinating new uses and collaboration between all the districts.
  • For additional information on Moodle at Washtenaw ISD
  • NOC Monitoring:  In December of 2008, Washtenaw ISD contracted with Merit’s NOC to do after hours equipment monitoring for all the local districts and Washtenaw ISD. Washtenaw ISD, in conjunction with Merit, wrote the NOC procedures and created a technical contact rotation for after-hours support.
  • Packet Shaper Bandwidth Management:  Washtenaw ISD manages a Packetshaper that provides the ability to manage our bandwidth proactively while providing our districts with reports of individual usage. This has been an invaluable tool in determining our bandwidth usage and needs when projecting contract purchases and in providing us with immediate views of network utilization summaries.
  • PowerSchool Student Information System:  Washtenaw ISD manages a consortium model for several local districts. This has allowed us to share server space, centralized administration and provide a dedicated technical adviser for troubleshooting and customization of the resource. PowerSchool is a secure web-based system that allows greater collaboration between teachers, students and parents.
  • Security:  Washtenaw ISD has many practices in place to help manage risks, both digital and physical.

 

Instructional Technology and Digital Resources

Washtenaw ISD is providing leadership in several areas related to instructional technology and online learning. This is a joint effort by the Instructional Services and Technology Departments at Washtenaw ISD.

Please click on the appropriate link for information on any of the following:

 

Internet Safety

While the Internet is a very useful resource, if not careful, it can also be dangerous. With new scams popping up daily, it can be easy to get caught up in unscrupulous activities.  Please look over and follow these Internet Safety Tips when surfing the web:

  1. Be sure you're at the website you intended to be at. It can be easy to misspell the address to a website. Some scammers take advantage of this by creating websites at these misspelled URL's.
  2. If inputting sensitive information into an online form, be sure the website is secure before entering any information. Most web browsers have an icon of padlock somewhere near the bottom if the page you are visiting is secure. Also, the URL will start with "https". Notice the "s" after "http". It's short for "secure".
  3. Trust your instincts. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Research it before committing to anything or giving any personal information. The internet is a great research tool. Use it to your advantage by not letting anyone take advantage of you.
  4. Make sure your computer is protected and up to date. Software and anti-virus updates are often released on a daily or hourly basis. If using Windows, you should update your Operating System on a regular basis or have "automatic updates" enabled. Also, be sure that your computer is protected by a firewall and anti-virus software. If kept up to date, these tools will help to prevent unauthorized access from the Internetand virusinfection.
  5. Be careful of those emails. Spammers and Phishers abound! For those of you who don't know, a phish is a type of spam which is usually used to coax an unsuspecting recipient into giving up personal information like usernames and passwords or credit card numbers and PIN's. Some phishing scams can be very deceptive, and can look very legitimate. Common phishes appear to be from credit card companies, Paypal.com, or major banks.  If you're not completely sure about the legitimacy of a particular email, independently visit the website of the company the email appears to be from and try to verify the validity.
  6. DON’T CLICK ON ANY LINK PROVIDED IN AN UNSOLICITED EMAIL! Just don’t do it!
  7. Find yourself in a bad "neighborhood" of the Internet? Leave!It is possible for your computer to be infected with a worm, virus, or spyware simply by visiting a website. Most current browsers make this less likely, but it's always best to error on the side of caution and stay away from websites which you think could be dodgy.

 

Bottom Line: Keep your computer’s operating system and applications up to date and trust your instincts! Your instincts are usually right. If it doesn't look and feel right, it probably isn't – if it’s too good to be true – it is!  And if that’s the case, leave!  You don’t need to be there!

Internet Safety Resources: Here are some resources and websites you may find helpful.