Online Platforms for Connecting and Communicating

As we shift to remote learning, staying connected is more important than ever and PSD continues to be committed to strong connections for students, families, and staff.  Staying well connected with both colleagues and students is critical for the success of remote learning.  

To do this, in addition to district email and if PSD staff wishes to connect or collaborate online, PSD will support two primary platforms for online connecting and collaborating: 

G Suite for Education Hangouts Meet and Microsoft Teams

PSD has reviewed that both platforms are currently approved and meet FERPA student privacy requirements.  We encourage staff to use either of these platforms for staff-to-staff, staff-to-students, and staff-to-families connections.  Features that both of these platforms include:  virtual online meetings with audio and/or video, sharing of screens or documents, recording features.



Staff can use the help guides below for using these platforms.  Additional training for these tools will be available soon.

We recognize staff may have familiarity with or curiosity about other online platforms for communication (Zoom, WebEx, Doxy, etc.).  At this time, other communication platforms may not be approved or protected under PSD data privacy policies and agreements.  Additionally, we want to be sure to not burden our support teams further with new products, as well as asking staff and families to learn additional products without appropriate support. We want to keep this as consistent as we can for staff, families and students.

If you have questions about the use of other tools or questions on using Microsoft Teams or G Suite for Education Hangouts Meet...

Please contact enter a ticket through Support Center Online SCO  (help.psdschools.org) using request types IT -> Software -> Microsoft Apps or Google Apps, or contact the Support Center at itsupport@psdschools.org.



Additional applications connected to these two platforms that support communication and are within student data privacy requirements.  

 

  • G Suite for Education Applications:  Google Calendar, Google Drive* (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms), Google Hangouts Meet, Google Keep, Google Sites, Google Tasks, Jamboard;
    To stay within FERPA compliance and use G Suite for Education, you must be logged into Google Chrome under your PSD login only and only share documents in Drive, Docs, etc to other PSD logins.  Anything created in Drive shared outside of PSD logins will no longer meet FERPA requirements.

  • Microsoft Applications: MS Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Whiteboard and MS forms online