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Individual H: drive files migrating to OneDrive

Individual H: drive files migrating to OneDrive

October 19, 2021 DoDEA is moving to an online environment. Files currently stored in individual H: drives will be copied to OneDrive for online storage.
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Do your part. #BeCyberSmart

Do your part. #BeCyberSmart

October 07, 2021 October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. We can all do our part and practice safe habits when using technology.
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DoDEA earns 'excellent' rating in DoD cyber readiness inspection

DoDEA earns 'excellent' rating in DoD cyber readiness inspection

September 30, 2021 DoDEA recently passed a DoD Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI) with an excellent rating of 80.2%.
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DoDEA CIO September message: SharePoint new home of DoDEA intranet

DoDEA CIO September message: SharePoint new home of DoDEA intranet

September 24, 2021 In a monthly message, DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides an update on IT projects and initiatives.
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Tech help during remote learning

Tech help during remote learning

August 20, 2021 The DoDEA IT Division is committed to facilitating smooth transitions between remote and in-person learning environments for staff and students. Visit their new Remote Learning Tech Help page.
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DoDEA CIO August message: lays out 2021-22 projects and plans

DoDEA CIO August message: lays out 2021-22 projects and plans

August 19, 2021 In a monthly message, DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides an update on IT projects and initiatives.
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Digital resource request moratorium extended to Sept. 10

Digital resource request moratorium extended to Sept. 10

August 04, 2021 Originally set to expire Aug. 2, the moratorium for new digital resource requests has been extended to Sept. 10 to allow for improvements and modifications to the process.
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Global Service Desk now on ServiceNow

Global Service Desk now on ServiceNow

June 30, 2021 As of June 28, the DoDEA Global Service Desk is now on ServiceNow. All new tickets must be submitted in the new system at https://service.dodea.edu/sp. 
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Student information system (SIS) year-end rollover June 28-July 9

Student information system (SIS) year-end rollover June 28-July 9

June 11, 2021 The SIS year end rollover process is scheduled for June 28-July 9. The rollover transitions DoDEA from SY 2020-21 to SY 2021-22 and will affect access to Aspen and GradeSpeed.
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Microsoft 365 Groups: 3 important checks for privacy and sharing

Microsoft 365 Groups: 3 important checks for privacy and sharing

June 09, 2021 Did you know there are more than 20 ways to create a Microsoft 365 Group? You probably have created one without realizing it. Learn more about M365 Groups and how to adjust the settings to best fit your collaboration needs.
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DoDEA Connects goes CAC-less starting June 13

DoDEA Connects goes CAC-less starting June 13

May 28, 2021 DoDEA Connects is migrating to a Microsoft 365 login. Starting the week of June 13, users will no longer need a CAC to access Connects.
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DoDEA CIO May message: SIS year-end rollover, ClassLink preview, and ServiceNow migrations

DoDEA CIO May message: SIS year-end rollover, ClassLink preview, and ServiceNow migrations

May 28, 2021 DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides a monthly update on IT projects and initiatives. Learn more.
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ClassLink: sign in once and access everything you need

ClassLink: sign in once and access everything you need

May 11, 2021 What if you could sign in once and access everything you need? That's exactly what ClassLink does. You can now access ClassLink preview and start using this new tool. 
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Finding technology training opportunities just got easier

Finding technology training opportunities just got easier

April 20, 2021 The new Tech for All website makes it easy to find the latest technology training and recordings available for DoDEA employees to learn and navigate new technology.
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DoDEA CIO April message: computer and ServiceNow sign-in with M365, ClassLink preview

DoDEA CIO April message: computer and ServiceNow sign-in with M365, ClassLink preview

April 16, 2021 DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides a monthly update on IT projects and initiatives. Learn more.
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Global Service Desk to move to ServiceNow

Global Service Desk to move to ServiceNow

March 30, 2021 DoDEA is migrating to a new service management solution in June and the Global Service Desk will move to ServiceNow.
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Skype for Business decommissions March 31

Skype for Business decommissions March 31

March 25, 2021 The hardware used to host the Skype for Business (i.e. Lync) service has reached end-of-life. Microsoft Teams has replaced all Skype functionality to include chat, VTC, and live meetings.
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DoDEA CIO March message: digital resource request now available, M365 school level update, Skype decommissions March 31

DoDEA CIO March message: digital resource request now available, M365 school level update, Skype decommissions March 31

March 17, 2021 DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides a monthly update on IT projects and initiatives. Learn more.
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Automated process for digital resource requests now available

Automated process for digital resource requests now available

March 15, 2021 DoDEA has implemented an automated process that allows personnel to submit digital resource requests for software, hardware, and applications online via ServiceNow.
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Upcoming webinars on Pear Deck and Discovery Education Studio

Upcoming webinars on Pear Deck and Discovery Education Studio

March 11, 2021 Learn more about how to engage students in an upcoming webinar (optional). The Pear Deck webinars include a 101 and 201 session.
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Microsoft Teams calendar integration training for fully migrated users

Microsoft Teams calendar integration training for fully migrated users

February 23, 2021 Microsoft will lead a Teams Calendar Integration training just for DoDEA employees March 16 and 17 with times convenient for each region. 
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Skype (Lync) decomissions March 31

Skype (Lync) decomissions March 31

February 23, 2021 The hardware used to host the Skype for Business (i.e. Lync) service has reached end-of-life. Microsoft Teams has replaced all Skype functionality to include chat, VTC, and live meetings.
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It's now much easier to schedule a VTC meeting. Here's how.

It's now much easier to schedule a VTC meeting. Here's how.

February 17, 2021 The DoDEA VTC system is now fully integrated with Microsoft Teams and Outlook allowing users to schedule VTC meetings directly from their Outlook calendars.
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DoDEA CIO February message: automated digital resource request, M365 installation update

DoDEA CIO February message: automated digital resource request, M365 installation update

February 17, 2021 DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides a monthly update on IT projects and initiatives. Learn more.
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Automated process for digital resource requests goes live March 15

Automated process for digital resource requests goes live March 15

February 11, 2021 DoDEA will implement an automated process that allows personnel to submit digital requirements requests for software, hardware, and applications online via ServiceNow.
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School-level staff can now download Office 365 apps and prepare for Outlook migration

School-level staff can now download Office 365 apps and prepare for Outlook migration

February 05, 2021 School-level employees can now install the latest Microsoft Office apps and are asked to do so before Feb. 16.
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Multi-factor authentication and your options

Multi-factor authentication and your options

February 05, 2021 The transition to Microsoft 365 requires the use of multi-factor authentication. DoDEA employees have four options.
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DoDEA CIO January message: M365 installation, Skype decommission, Outlook online access

DoDEA CIO January message: M365 installation, Skype decommission, Outlook online access

January 26, 2021 DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides a monthly update on IT projects and initiatives. Learn more.
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Mark your calendars — IT maintenance schedule for 2021

Mark your calendars — IT maintenance schedule for 2021

December 22, 2020 The IT Division has released the 2021 enterprise systems and network maintenance schedule. Mark your calendars so you are aware when critical services are not available.
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2020 in Review

2020 in Review

December 14, 2020 Top highlights and best of 2020
DoDEA CIO November message: Skype decommission, multi-factor authentication roll out complete

DoDEA CIO November message: Skype decommission, multi-factor authentication roll out complete

November 20, 2020 DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides a monthly update on IT projects and initiatives. Learn more.
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DoDEA CIO October message: Microsoft 365 implementation, training update

DoDEA CIO October message: Microsoft 365 implementation, training update

October 30, 2020 DoDEA Chief Information Officer Mark Patterson provides a monthly update on IT projects and initiatives. Learn more.
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Microsoft Teams training in November for DoDEA employees

Microsoft Teams training in November for DoDEA employees

October 27, 2020 Learn how to use Microsoft Teams in a one-hour training especially for DoDEA employees. Multiple sessions are available to accommodate different time zones. 
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SMART interactive flat panels authorized for wired or wireless connection

SMART interactive flat panels authorized for wired or wireless connection

October 22, 2020 SMART interactive flat panels are now authorized to connect to the DoDEA network both wired or wirelessly.
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Google Updates

Google Updates

October 05, 2020 See the latest information and changes to the Google environment.
Student Information System (SIS)

Student Information System (SIS)

September 30, 2020 The new Student Information System (SIS) contract has been awarded to Follett School Solutions Inc. for Aspen SIS.
Google Meet to discontinue premium features Sept. 30

Google Meet to discontinue premium features Sept. 30

September 24, 2020 On Sept. 30, Google Meet will discontinue premium features that they have been offering free to all customers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about the upcoming changes and alternative solutions.
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Safeguarding personally identifiable information

Safeguarding personally identifiable information

September 23, 2020 Safeguarding personally identifiable information, or PII, is everyone's responsibility. Learn what PII is and your role in protecting PII.
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CIO Message: Start of School

CIO Message: Start of School

September 16, 2020 A message from the DoDEA Chief Information Officer (CIO), Mark Patterson, for the start of school year. The message includes details of new programs and services for 2020-21, solutions to remote challenges, as well as the announcement of the SIS contract awardee.
Electronic device sanitation guidance

Electronic device sanitation guidance

September 09, 2020 This guidance provides recommended sanitation methods for DoDEA electronic devices based on CDC and manufacturer recommendations.
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Upgrades to VPN for longer, more reliable connections

Upgrades to VPN for longer, more reliable connections

August 25, 2020 VPN system upgraded to handle more users, longer connections.
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Key IT initiatives rolling out this school year

Key IT initiatives rolling out this school year

August 18, 2020 Learn about DoDEA IT initiatives and programs that will be rolled out during SY 2020-21 to include Microsoft Teams, ClassLink, and more.
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Non-CAC Secure Access with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Non-CAC Secure Access with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

August 04, 2020 To help protect data and systems from unauthorized access, DoD has required multi-factor authentication (MFA) through a common access card (CAC) and pin verification. DoDEA will introduce non-CAC secure access with MFA starting Semester 1 of SY 2020-21.
Google Classroom & GSuite Support

Google Classroom & GSuite Support

July 29, 2020 Support and information related to GSuite
CIO Message: DoDEA Video Conferencing Guidance

CIO Message: DoDEA Video Conferencing Guidance

July 22, 2020 Due to security risks, use of other video conferencing products should be avoided. Report any video conferencing product currently in use other than the approved to the IT department immediately.
Microsoft 365 replaces OWA for web mail access

Microsoft 365 replaces OWA for web mail access

July 16, 2020 OWA has crashed and support is end of life. Employees who require access to email and don't have access to a government computer can request to be migrated to Microsoft 0365. Here's how.
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CIO Message: Guidance for Technology Use During Remote Work

CIO Message: Guidance for Technology Use During Remote Work

July 14, 2020 The following guidance has been developed to provide you with the maximum availability of critical resources in the remote working environment.
THE FACTS: CYBERSECURITY For DoDEA and Their Family Members

THE FACTS: CYBERSECURITY For DoDEA and Their Family Members

July 07, 2020 Tips to keep your family and information safe
Telework Do's and Don'ts

Telework Do's and Don'ts

June 30, 2020 Telework Do's and Don'ts to help defend the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN)
Recent changes to the Google environment and student account access

Recent changes to the Google environment and student account access

May 15, 2020 Learn about the recent changes that enhance the safety and access to the DoDEA Google environment.
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IT & EDU Collaboration for Remote Learning

IT & EDU Collaboration for Remote Learning

April 25, 2020 See the immediate collaborative efforts of IT and Education for Remote Learning

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