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Santa Cruz COE News

Tech+ Update – October 2022

The Tech+ Division has been working diligently on several projects to support students across our county. We have fully implemented two-factor authentication for all staff to ensure staff’s google accounts do not become compromised. We also worked to isolate Cypress High School network away from Live Oak School District and in sole ownership of the COE. We installed new switches, wireless access points, and ATT installed a fiber circuit at the High School.

Our Edtech Team has been working with 7 schools/districts across the bay area including several in Santa Cruz County to assist them in developing Digital Literacy Plans. This is a statewide grant we named shiftED funded by the California Department of Education.

We also partnered with Adobe to host the first ever northern California Adobe Creative Institute where we hosted educators from across northern California learning how to use the free Adobe Express product in the classroom to connect creativity and design to content. Educators were able to earn their Adobe Creative Educator Certificate by attending.

Our CS team, in partnership with Santa Cruz Work also hosted our biannual Think Big Series in which Jim Whitehead, UCSC Game Designer and Professor discussed with families and students about the benefits and needs around careers in Game Design. We hosted over 70 attendees at Digital Nest, Cruzio Internet, and online.

Finally, this week marks the 10th year of Digital Citizenship Week. We are working with districts on several activities including a partnership with Lookout Santa Cruz around media literacy and voting engagement.