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WATSSA NEWSLETTER 2020 - TERM 2

PRESIDENT'S NOTICE

Welcome back to term 2 everyone,

And what an interesting term it may be. I hope that you have all had at least a relaxing couple of weeks over the break. For those of us that did work during that time, it was a very strange period. I know that it felt like all the hard work we were all doing in the last few weeks of term with our staff now seems redundant. Which is nice that we are not in as bad of a situation as others around the world. Term 2 looks to be getting back to normality for us all. But please do remember to keep yourselves and those around you safe.

As for WATSSA, we have been working hard on bringing our new website together and look forward to releasing that very soon. Of course. the great PD and networking events planned for this term are still on hold and we have cancelled the conference for 2020. But if we can get back to safe social gatherings by November. we would like to make an event of this year’s AGM, so we’ll keep you posted about that as the year progresses.

Once our new website is live there will be some new content posted up to help our schools out. There are some great guides our members have created over the years for their schools and others. We will be consolidating some of the great information that has been posted on ICT Collab over the time to be in a more formal style of documentation as well.

Well from the WATSSA team and myself, we wish you a safe and enjoyable term 2. We hope to see you all soon.

Michael Raymond - WATSSA President

PL Plans Have Changed

As mentioned in our last newsletter due to current circumstances with Covid-19, we have decided to cancel all planned PL events for this year. Should things begin to relax towards the end of the year, we may look at offering some opportunities later in the year. To that extent, we have been working closely with some of our sponsors to see what we can offer online. Below are two great opportunities to win some prizes and learn more about Fortinet and Meraki wireless solutions.

Furthermore, the executive team at WATSSA would like to reiterate that we are a network of techs working in schools. Often the challenges we face are universal and for that reason, we would like to promote WATSSA as a resource. If you are stuck with anything, please do not hesitate to contact the committee members for advice or recommendations. Below is a list of the current standing committee members and executive team.

2020 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

  • PRESIDENT - Michael RAYMOND (Carine Senior High School)
  • VICE PRESIDENT - Jonathan STANLEY (Lynwood Senior High School)
  • SECRETARY - Shaun BARNETT (Joseph Banks Secondary College)
  • TREASURER - Michael BOUGHTON (Gilmore College)

2020 COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Alexander HAHN (Greenwood College)
  • Astrid MORRIS (Safety Bay Primary School)
  • Damon RADBURN (Alkimos College)
  • Junaid KHAN (Karratha Senior High School)
  • Kylie HARMAN (Makybe Rise Primary School)
  • Luke MARSHALL (Amaroo Primary School)
  • Ravi BHEEMUL (Morley Senior High School)
  • Ross OAKES (Mount Lawley Senior High School)
  • Thekla POWER (Atwell College)
  • Wade NINNESS (John Curtin College of the Arts)

We look forward to hearing from you.

Jon Stanley - Vice President

Fortinet Wireless

Some great news from Fortinet – they have recently announced that they will be making all of their online learning catalogue free for the remainder of 2020. Be sure to check it out as there is a lot of content available.

News Summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced it is opening the entire online, self-paced catalogue of advanced Network Security Expert training courses for free.

Fortinet is making 24 advanced security courses available for free that cover topics ranging from Secure SD-WAN, public cloud security and secure access, among others. The majority of courses are from the official Network Security Expert Institute curriculum, which was previously available to Fortinet partners for free, but will now be open to anyone who is interested.

The courses will be free for the remainder of 2020 to help address the rapidly evolving needs of organizations securing highly distributed and remote workforces. These courses also provide students and anyone looking to start a career in cybersecurity the opportunity to learn new skills or upskill.

Fortinet’s NSE Institute now offers multiple levels of free training either for broad cyber awareness learning or technical upskilling.

R1i Meraki Free AP

R1i technology has also made available to all school technical support staff a free webinar on Meraki wireless. For only attending the webinar, you will receive a free Meraki access point. There are some terms and conditions which can be found below, but roughly they are 1 per school and must be ICT staff. This is a prize for that person and should be logged in the gift registry at the school.

  • FREE Meraki Access Point with a 3 year license*

K-12 Remote Learning with Meraki - Wednesday, May 6 - 8:00 AM

Running a digital classroom is much harder than bringing an adult workplace online; that is why Cisco Meraki provides IT teams with networking solutions that support students and teachers in a learning environment that continues to evolve rapidly. Join this webinar to learn how schools of all sizes can improve student learning with always-on wired and wireless coverage while giving IT peace of mind with easy to deploy physical and network security.

Provide ICT Equipment to Students for Online Learning from Home

Principals use this information to support students’ ICT requirements for online learning from home.

Service Description

As we commence Term 2, you may be considering the provision of technology for those students who don’t have access to personally owned devices for an online learning program from home.

You can loan school owned devices to students for online learning. If you need more equipment to meet the needs of your students, then you can request access to limited supply of centrally sourced equipment.

The closing date for requests is Monday, 11 May - 5:00 PM

FAREWELL TO ALVIN HALL

A big thank you to Alvin Hall from the WATSSA team for his work at DOE over the last four and a half years. He's moving on to a new position, and we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavours.