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Will the phishing training go away?

Update for WDMCS Staff:

Will the phishing training and testing go away?  I feel like I’m paranoid about using email, I feel like I’m being tested all the time.

Answer:  It’s ok to be paranoid about it, you have to be – because the threat is real.   This school year alone, Iowa schools have reported 5 situations where staff members have had their bank accounts accessed because individuals released their private information to a phishing email scam.  You may have also seen on the news that several local for-profit and non-profit businesses have fallen to phishing scams, resulting in thousands of lost dollars.

The sad truth is that email phishing scams are working and the senders are now targeting non-profits and public schools because they are easier targets.  Unfortunately, this means we’ll see more training on the topic, not less.

 

Isn’t there a technology answer to solve this?

The best way to address the problem is training.   We encourage you to read the email carefully and consider what they are asking you to do….  does their request make sense?  Is there a way to confirm what they are saying through another source (can you call or email someone else to help confirm)?  Also take a look at who the sender is…  many phishing scams will come from generic accounts that don’t make sense.

 

When is the next round of Chromebook replacements?

When is the next round of Chromebook replacements?

 

Q1. When is the next round of Chromeboook replacements?

A1.  The next replacement of chromebooks will be the 3rd thru 6th grade devices –  scheduled for this summer.

 

Q2.  What does this mean for the elementary schools –  do we have to collect the existing chromebooks?

A2.  Yes. Every elementary school will collect their chromebooks prior to last day of classes.   Over the summer, we’ll be in to remove the existing chromebooks and replace them with a newer model.

 

Q3.  Will the new model be touch screen?
A3.  We don’t know yet –  we’ll certainly price out that option.   However, there are only a few apps that are actually touch enabled, so having touch screens may not be the biggest benefit yet.  We’ve also heard from parents – they want to keep the replacement cost of the device as low as possible. Moving to a touch screen device may drive the replacement price from $200 to over $350 each

 

Q4.  What happens to the old chromebooks?  Will schools be allowed to keep them?  Can students/families purchase them?
A4.  The company that provides the new chromebooks will take the old ones –   it’s a one for one trade.  For every old chromebook you have ready to go, the company will take it away and provide a new one in its place.   Schools will not be allowed to keep the old devices.  We are not allowed to sell the devices directly to families.