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Issue 87 - Term 3 Week 3

Issue 87 - 2022 | Term 3 | Week 3

Two ways for visitors to check in at school

Following the recent pilot run at 31 schools, the department is rolling out a centrally-managed iPad for School Visitor Check-in (SVCI) to all schools commencing this week! Deliveries are in phases and all should be complete by week 7. Inside the package will be an information sheet to assist with getting started. The SVCI concierge device and app was designed for visitors and contractors to check-in and check-out at front reception, in situations where a visitor can't use their phone to check-in with the school's QR code. A dedicated Kiosk1 service account has been created solely for the purpose of joining WiFi and setting up the concierge app on SVCI devices. The password for the Kiosk1 account will be emailed to each School Principal's account prior to receipt of your device, to complete the set up. It is very important that the SVCI devices only use the Kiosk1 account and no other service or personal account for set up and use. This will safeguard the device from being used inappropriately when left unattended at front reception.  The Kiosk1 account has direct permission to use the ‘concierge service’ only. Access to email, internet, fileshares, school services and all other DoE services are unavailable. Further information, instructions and frequently asked questions can be found at the SVCI webpage

Primary schools across NSW have used Foundation fonts for teaching handwriting for decades. Usually, schools would buy a site licence for NSW foundation fonts and install it on their Windows or Mac devices. Those fonts would then be available in their locally installed applications. But as schools moved to the cloud for creating and storing their work, it was never possible to use them in their Google Workspace apps  - until now.  Google recently added a fantastic update into Google Workspace making NSW Foundation font available for the first time across Docs, Slides, Sheets and any other app that allows you to change font! For your younger students, you can even make Foundation font the default font used whenever they start a new document. So the big question is, how do you add them for yourself and how can you show students how to do it for themselves? Just watch this quick video below!

Is your school a user of the Canvas learning management system (LMS) or interested in procuring it? The department has put in place an ICT Agreement with Instructure which allows schools to acquire Canvas and Canvas Studio licences. Instructure’s standard helpdesk support is included at no additional cost.  Under the ICT Agreement, Instructure is required to charge NSW public schools at fixed prices for these licences on a per student basis, for both new users and renewals. For new Canvas users, the necessary implementation services also have agreed pricing.  For existing users, the agreed pricing applies to your next annual renewal. Pricing for Canvas Catalog licences or 24/7 helpdesk support are not included and will need to be negotiated directly if desired. Interested schools should contact Connie Murphy of Instructure directly: or phone: 1300 663 653.

An odd error with Google Classroom appeared from the start of term 2 and while not all users saw it, it frustrated those students and teachers that it did affect. When some users clicked the Google Classroom link in their Portal, instead of Classroom launching, the 404 error shown below was displayed. Since every user accesses Classroom from the same portal link, the same result would have been expected for all users, but this was not the case. At first only a small number of users were affected, but as the first two weeks progressed, the issue became more common. Google advised it's best to access Classroom from its direct link at and not from the tailored NSW Education link that was provided to us initially. The links in the Portals have now been adjusted. If your school is using any other links page or bookmarks which include Google Classroom, please ensure the link is adjusted accordingly.

The automatic monthly clean-up process of the DETNSW domain that was suspended in late 2021, was re-enabled from this term. All devices that have not been used at school for over 6 months have their computer / device records disabled to prevent logging onto the domain. Those devices will then be deleted from the domain a month.later. This process will continue to run monthly and will help to keep your UDM and ICT Plus records up to date and relevant. But it means that in particular, staff that have school notebooks at home will need to remember to bring them to school at least once per term and logon to the network to ensure they are recorded as being active. Failure to do so could mean an F12 build is required to re-join DETNSW, and that could mean data loss. If a device has been disabled but is needed, a service desk call can reinstate it. If a device has been deleted, it can be F12-rebuilt.

Get the latest T4L Kids magazine!

Could your students design and build an app that makes transport easy and safe for all? In this bumper issue of T4L Kids magazine, students can take the challenge to design, prototype, then develop an app for a real-life client like Transport for NSW. The T4L team went behind the scenes of one of the biggest public service providers in Australia to produce this amazing guided video brief to explain to your students what Transport for NSW is looking for. Students will collaboratively work on prototyping a needed transport app.  More advanced students can code their app and bring it to life! It's an incredible learning opportunity that we're sure your students will love. Through T4L Kids, the Transport app challenge comes with guided student resources around app design, inclusive design and tools for coding. They’ll have everything they need to get started on their app adventure. In the end, students will create a pitch video to share their idea, prototype or app with the T4L team. So pass on the link to T4L Kids to your students right away!

Over many years, we have all come to realise that the dynamic internet is an incredible and amazing technological advancement for schools. But filtering the internet service that is available to students and staff is a necessary aspect of safe and secure web browsing. Since we first delivered internet access to all schools in 1996, we've included filtering - anyone remember Cyber Patrol? Recently, the department replaced the long-standing BlueCoat internet proxy/filter service used centrally, with a new Fortinet service. Across NSW now, the majority of schools have Internet@Edge connections that use either a Palo Alto or a Fortinet filter running locally inside the school. Smaller schools that still access the internet via the State Data Centre, now access filtered internet through a centralised Fortinet proxy/filter. While the filters are mostly consistent, there are slight differences between the two web filtering services. The Internet Filtering tool linked in the Staff Portal, has now been updated and will report on the allowed/denied status of websites across all filter types, for each student year group. You can easily add this tool to My Essentials, if it is not already there. Please note that the tool is only accessible from school.

T4L and DART Learning are bringing you some amazing student-focused online events in Week 6 for Stages 2-4, to celebrate Book Week 2022! First up for budding authors and illustrators is Matt Stanton - together with the T4L team. It's then the turn of zoologist Milly Formby on location, following migratory shorebirds around Australia. The third session is about connecting with community through storytelling. Each session features T4L tech experts showcasing tools for how your students can get started on their author journeys in the classroom. Register your classes now through DART Learning for these free Book Week events.

Join Apple for this free online professional learning to explore how podcasting, app prototyping, and augmented reality on iPad can help your students experience just about anything they can imagine and connect their learning globally.

  • With special guest Bryce Corbett, host of Squiz Kids, you'll go behind the scenes of this popular news podcast for kids and hear how schools integrate podcasting into classrooms.
  • Learn how students use app prototyping on iPad to address community needs, and discover activities from the Everyone Can Code App Design Journal to get your school started.
  • Hear how teachers are using the augmented reality app AR Makr on iPad to help their students connect to the world in new ways.

Book a free place now for you and other teachers at your school, for each series of three, 60-minute virtual workshops that run throughout Term 3.

Were you aware that Apple now have brand new on-demand training content for end-user support & device management? For IT support staff and ICT Coordinators at schools who are keen to improve their technical understanding of deploying & supporting Apple devices, there are now online courses designed to help:

This content will not only help improve your technical knowledge of Apple, but also includes great troubleshooting steps & knowledge checks. In addition to the training content, you'll find  associated exams that provide the opportunity to earn Apple's new globally recognised certifications for:

Check out the new resources, earn your certified badges, and share with your network!

Join in to Cybermarvel 2022!

Cybermarvel is back this October with a program packed full of engaging and fun-filled activities for schools and their communities. A wealth of resources for teachers includes the Digital Rights and Responsibilities webinar from the eSafety Commissioner and the Cyber Savvy Educator webinar from The Cyber Safety Project. Some of the highlight events teachers can now book their classes into include:

  • Ollie Online: internet safety, screen time and sharing information online
  • Be an eSafe kid: learn personal safety when online and where to get support.
  • Live book reading with author Kim Maslin
  • Get cyber smart: interactive activities on privacy, password hygiene, scams awareness and encryption
  • Build a cyber maze: students will engage in a live-build lesson to create a maze with MakeCode Arcade using their online safety knowledge
  • Cyber Live challenge: students put on their detective hats to solve a crime and protect a navy captain from hackers.  

We’re also helping parents and carers to support their child’s online safety and wellbeing with the Digital Technologies and Mental Health webinar from the eSafety Commissioner and Cyber Playtime videos exploring online stranger danger, passwords and phishing and being kind online. Don't miss out on these great events - and make sure to let parents know about them!

With the great news above about Canvas, the vendor has shared an on-demand webinar recording to give interested schools a good picture of what Canvas is all about. But many schools are interested in finding out more about the Canvas LMS and how it’s been working in NSW public schools that have had it in place for some time. Stu Hasic from the T4L team will facilitate this presentation by:

  • David Summerville and Stacy Lambert – Callaghan College
  • Darren Ponman – Hunter School of Perf Arts

Together, they’ll help interested schools to understand what Canvas is, what features it offers, how it’s used by these schools and how to go about implementing Canvas at your school.  An opportunity to ask questions and get answers will run throughout the one hour webinar. So join us next Monday (week 4) from 3:30pm! Register your school's attendance now to get the online meeting details.

For many school staff, Microsoft Teams has only ever been used to attend an online meeting. But just because a school has chosen the Google Workspace platform to cover both their educational and office automation needs, there is one massive benefit of getting staff to use Teams beyond just meetings. The instant message chat built into Teams is very simple to use and offers so many time-saving benefits for you and for anyone who wants to contact you.  Every staff member in NSW has a Teams account. It can be run on a computer, tablet or mobile phone. You can quickly see if someone is online, offline or busy, send a message to anyone, or you can call them and even video chat. You can share files, and in the case of EDConnect, you can even share your screen to describe a technical problem and have it solved remotely. If you're not using Teams while working with others in the department, you're probably not being as efficient as you could be. It's really worth getting into for the chat function alone. Find out more about Teams.

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