Mount Nameless - Tom Price
Michael Raymond - WATSSA President
Happy 3rd Birthday WATSSA
Here we are again, nearly through another term. I hope everyone has been traveling well.
WATSSA have been full steam working on this year’s conference on the 2nd and 3rd of September, and tickets will go on sale at the start of term 3.
We’ve locked in our friends from Apple, Google and Microsoft again to help with some workshops and have some exciting keynote speakers for this year.
WATSSA has again been talking with the leaders up in central office. There is some good news on some SIG reporting software that has the green light after some extensive POC and trials.
Over the next few terms, we will also get to sit down with Customer Service Centre teams and consult on the upcoming redevelopment of the SOE. This is also your chance to help us with providing WATSSA with valuable feedback around what functions and features you’d like to see in the new SOE. To help with this, we have created a simple form for you to leave feedback.
Network Redevelopment Feedback Form
I’d also like to take this opportunity to say farewell to another one of our great School Network Administrators for Carine Senior High, Chris Stevens. Many of you might remember Chris from our 2019 conference where he gave the SOE Supplemental presentation. And was also on the Panel discussions. Chris has also been an active member of ICT-Collab. He has always been happy to share his knowledge and expertise with others on how to solve some of our problems. I know many schools followed his “how to guide” when we had to change over to Adobes new subscription model. Chris we wish you all the best in your new endeavours, I know we will all miss you within our WATSSA community.
I was also going to wish Brendan Bradshaw for Manjimup Senior High up big farewell too, but I see you’ve just joined us up in the big smoke. So I hope all goes well for you at your new SOR school. I hope you didn’t leave shoes too big to fill back in Manjimup.
That’s all I can report for now. I look forward to your suggestions for SOE and to see you all at the Conference. Thanks again for supporting WATSSA.
Michael Boughton - WATSSA Treasurer
This is a very brief report for this terms’ WATSSA Newsletter’ as there is very little to report on.
As of the 1st of June, WATSSA is still in an excellent position financially and we are still in an excellent position to host the conference this year. We have paid the second payment to PCEC. This has cemented our tenure there to hold the conference which is exciting news.
Sponsors are continuing to come on board to support the conference and to showcase their products and show how they are being used in an educational environment. So a big thankyou to the sponsors for making this conference possible.
Other than the conference, there are no other items that need to be budgeted for at this stage.
Please stay safe and bye for now.
Jon Stanley - WATSSA Vice President
WATSSA IT Support Staff Day
July 31 is the international Systems administrator day. This year, under our business plan, WATSSA would like to use this day to acknowledge and thank all IT support staff in schools specifically. As most would agree, technology and its use is ever growing in schools and is constantly requiring support. Sometimes a support person can be a teacher, education assistant, Principal, MCS, or a technical support officer. Particularly in remote or rural areas, it is whoever has some technical prowess more often than not. The role of “IT person” could mean many things, as IT itself is a very broad brush. Often the IT person is the go-to for network issues, hardware issues, website issues, account problems, database issues, electrical problems, security cameras and the list goes on and on…. This can often mean the role is stressful and sometimes thankless, mainly because each problem is the most critical problem in the world! However, the IT person is usually the most popular person in the school! This year we really want to celebrate them and everything they do in schools. To celebrate the day, WATSSA will offer a rebate for schools who opt-in to the program. This money will help pay for a morning tea for staff to acknowledge the fantastic and ever-challenging work they do. We will also send a cake topper for the morning tea!
To opt-in, schools simply need to complete the link below. Once submitted, we will send you a goodie package. After the event, schools can send us a copy of their invoice. As a not-for-profit association, there are limits to what we can cover. WATSSA will match the school in their purchase up to the value $50. So if a school spends $100, we will rebate $50. If they spend $60, we will rebate $30. If they spend $120, we will rebate $50.
We would also love schools to send us pictures of the morning tea for our next newsletter!
Apple Classroom 3.4 update now available
Apple is excited to release an update to of one of our most popular tools for teachers, the Classroom app, introducing new remote learning features and a redesign of the app interface.
Classroom turns your iPad or Mac into a powerful teaching assistant, helping you guide students through a lesson, see their progress and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student iPad or Mac at the same time or launch a different app for each group of students. Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching, so students can focus on learning.
What's New in Classroom 3.4?
Join Classroom sessions remotely over the Internet or nearby via Bluetooth proximity.
- Students are notified with a ringtone and banner when there is a request to connect to a remote Classroom session
- Enhanced controls allow students to disconnect from a remote Classroom session and set a time to auto-disconnect once their device is asleep
- Classroom sessions can simultaneously support a mix of nearby and remote students
- Use the sidebar navigation to easily create, manage, and edit groups in fewer taps
- Use smart groups to quickly view students based on proximity or remote connections and foregrounded app
- Manage students’ devices based on device status, including device type, online or offline, and low battery
Classroom 3.4 for iPad requires iPadOS 14.5 or later
Classroom 3.4 for Mac requires macOS 11.3 or later
Further information is available in the following Classroom User Guides:
As always, please reach out if you have any questions.
Patrick Lawrence, Systems Engineer - Apple Education
Fastvue Reporter for Fortinet (SIG)
Over the last 2 years, WATSSA has been working on finding a solution to getting easy to view reports and logs from our Schools SIG. Especially student internet activity. We have gone through several Trials and Proof of Concepts with the CSC at central office and have finally got a green light on a new solution. Fastvue Reporter.