Department news

IT Enables ‘Safe Search’ on Google
Due to a number of reports that students have been able to view inappropriate content, we have recently made some changes to the way SPPS staff and students use the internet.

The internet content filters previously in place were working as designed, but the technology was limited. We found that in order to block inappropriate content from search results, ‘Safe Search’ needed to be enabled on search engines.

Safe Search is now enabled on Google, and will soon be available on the search engine Bing. If you try to use most other search engines, you will receive an error message or be redirected to Google or Bing. We chose to redirect everyone to these popular search engines because we do not have the means to enforce Safe Search on other search engines. 

Some of these changes are already in effect. We hope to have all changes completed by the time students return from winter break.

Contact idrissa.davis@spps.org if you have additional questions.

Reduced IT Service Desk hours during Winter Break
The Service Desk will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during winter break. Regular Service Desk hours will resume Monday, Jan. 4.

Schoology Enterprise pilot underway at SPPS
The Office of Teaching and Learning started piloting the paid version of Schoology Enterprise at Como Park Senior High, Johnson Senior High and Murray Middle School at the beginning of the second academic quarter.

Schoology is a user-friendly Learning Management System that offers important teaching and learning resources in support of personalized learning. Over the past few years, staff and students in several schools have used the free and limited version of Schoology Basic. All secondary schools will have access to Schoology and will pilot the tool during second semester. This pilot comes after a planning year during which SPPS teachers and staff reviewed multiple learning management tools.

For more information about Schoology, please click here.

If you have any questions about the Schoology pilot, contact Megan Dols Klingel, Assistant Director of Teaching & Learning, at megan.dols@spps.org or 651-744-6344.

Do Not Upgrade SPPS iPads to Apple’s iOS 9.2
Staff and students should not upgrade district iPads to the latest operating system update from Apple, iOS 9.2.

Technology Services has identified a compatibility issue with the SPPS Apps Store and the new update. Upgrading iPads will prevent users from installing new apps.

Once an iPad is updated, it cannot be reverted to a previous version of the operating system.

Apple is working to resolve this issue. Technology Services will provide additional information when the issue has been resolved.

If you have questions, please contact the Service Desk at 651-603-HELP.