P-CCS is Moving to Managed Apple IDs

What is a “managed Apple ID”? 

Managed Apple IDs are special school-created and school-owned accounts that provide access to Apple services. Managed Apple IDs are designed to meet the privacy and security needs of schools, including limitations on purchasing and communications, and role-based administration.

Why is P-CCS choosing to move to Managed Apple IDs?

Moving to Managed Apple IDs provides additional features to staff, students, and families like

  • Upgraded iCloud Storage. Managed Apple IDs receive 200GB of free iCloud storage and access to iCloud services. iCloud services include Shared iPad, iCloud Drive, Photos, Safari, Notes, News, Calendars, Reminders, and Backup. This means staff and families can access data like voice memos, photos, and more from any web browser!
  • Apple Classroom. Class rosters created in Apple School Manager are automatically available for teachers in Apple Classroom! This allows teachers to use Apple Classroom to force open an app, view student screens, and more directly from their device all without manually rostering their own students!
  • iWork, Schoolwork, and other apps become available for staff/student use

Who will this affect? 

This change will affect anyone who has created an apple ID using their @pccsk12.com email address. This will mainly be for Y5/K and 1st grade teachers with district iPads, but could also affect you if you ever created an apple ID using your P-CCS email address.

When will this happen? 

The district plans to move to managed Apple IDs on May 31, 2023. From that date, you will have 60 days to choose a different email address to preserve any current apps and data attached to your @pccsk12.com apple ID.

What do I need to do? 

When you receive notification that P-CCS has claimed the “Pccsk12.com” domain, you will be given directions on how to change your email address to preserve any data/purchases attached to your P-CCS apple ID. If you do nothing, in 60 days apple will assign you an apple ID with all your data and purchases attached to it.

How will I login to my managed Apple ID? 

Your new managed Apple ID will be associated with your district email account. When prompted to login to your device, type in your district email, and then you will be prompted to login to Google to finish up the authentication.


If you have any questions about Managed Apple IDs, please put in a tech request for “technology integration” at helpdesk.pccsk12.com

Another random handful of web resources that might be of interest

Useful Sites

See how items of different sizes compare to each other. Zoom all the way in to a dinosaur or a teapot, or all the way out to gigaparsec scale, accompanied by soothing music.

Scale of the universe

Map of tagged sharks. If you’re interested in shark welfare and want to track migration patterns, or you’re just curious about how many geo-tagged sharks there are near you, this map has what you need.

Shark Tracker

Discover new authors you might like, visually. The closer a name is on the map to the name you entered, the more likely it is that you’ll like (or dislike) them both. A project from the Global Network Of Discovery (GNOD).

Lit Map

Wealth levels visualised. This website shows different levels of wealth using 1 pixel to represent $1,000. People consistently underestimate the relative wealth of the super-rich.  And incarceration visualized.

Incredible drone photography of 20th Century skyscrapers. Real photos of buildings that actually exist you can zoom in on. There is an accompanying bio of each highrise.

high rises




Voting for Student Doodle for Google Contest ends midnight Thursday, 5/25

Doodle for Google

Students and staff can visit https://doodles.google.com/d4g/vote/ to help pick who will go on to become the National Winner.

For past Doodles, visit the Google gallery.


What is the “Doodle for Google” contest? Doodle for Google is an annual art contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Google Doodle for the chance to have it featured on Google.com, as well as win some great scholarships and tech packages for their schools.

Why is Google doing this contest? Doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit Google.com. Past Doodles have celebrated some of the most brilliant, talented, and passionate people throughout history. The Doodle for Google contest offers students K-12 an opportunity to display their own Doodle creativity on Google.com and win some awesome prizes while doing it!

How long has Google been doing this contest? We’ve been hosting the Doodle for Google contest every year in the U.S. since 2008, so this is our fifteenth year. This website shows details for the U.S. only contest, but the Doodle for Google contest takes place in other countries throughout the year as well.

Four of May’s newly released features in Google Workspace

Some Google Workspace Updates for May 2023


  • Expanding upon Gmail security with Brand Indicators in Messages – Users will now see a blue checkmark icon for senders who adopted Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI) in Gmail.  Brand Indicators for Message Identification, or BIMI (pronounced bih-mee), is an email specification that enables email inboxes to display a brand’s logo next to the brand’s authenticated email messages. This will help users identify messages from legitimate senders versus impersonators. Google BIMI CNN BIMI
  • Replace images quicker in Google Slides with new drag and drop feature. Previously, to replace an image in Google Slides, you could either use the menu toolbar or right-click on the image you wanted to replace and select “Replace image.” Starting this week, you’ll have the additional option to easily drag and drop images from anywhere to replace images in your Slides presentations.
  • Add emoji reactions to existing comments in Google Docs. You now have the ability to add emoji reactions to existing comments in Docs. This new feature increases collaboration by enabling you to quickly and creatively express your opinions about document content. 
  • Coming later in May, there will be a dedicated spam folder within Google Drive to host unwanted files that are shared with you containing spam or abusive content. When an unsolicited file is moved to the spam folder, you will be unsubscribed, preventing all comment, sharing, and mobile push notifications for the file. Once unsubscribed, you will not be able to find the file anywhere in Drive outside of your spam folder.

Protecting Our School District from Cyber-attacks: A few Lessons from the Dallas Ransomware Incident

Dallas Ransomware

Last week’s recent ransomware attack on the city of Dallas, which has seen lingering ill effects into this week, serves as yet another reminder for us to remain ever vigilant and educated about the dangers of cyber threats, including call-back phishing attacks. Incidents can have severe consequences, affecting the daily operations and sensitive information of organizations impacted. In this blog post, we’ll recap the Dallas ransomware attack, discuss how it happened, and outline what you can do to protect our school district from similar threats.

The Dallas Ransomware Attack:

The city of Dallas was recently targeted in a ransomware attack that impacted its IT services and police communications, causing significant disruptions. The attackers used a technique called call-back phishing, which allowed them to infiltrate the city’s systems and deploy ransomware. You can read a detailed summary of the incident in this article from BleepingComputer: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/city-of-dallas-hit-by-royal-ransomware-attack-impacting-it-services/

What is Call-Back Phishing?

Call-back phishing is a type of social engineering attack in which cybercriminals impersonate legitimate organizations or authority figures, often through emails instructing recipients to call a phone number. In the Dallas incident, the attackers sent emails impersonating food delivery and software providers, pretending to be subscription renewals. These emails contained phone numbers that connected the victims to a service hired by the Royal threat actors. When victims called the number, the threat actors used social engineering to convince them to install remote access software, allowing the attackers access to the city’s network.

How Can We Protect Ourselves?
To protect our school district from similar cyber-attacks, it’s essential for all staff members to be aware of call-back phishing techniques and take the necessary precautions. Here are some tips to help you stay safe:

  • Remain cautious when it comes to your emails and phone calls: Always be skeptical of unexpected or unsolicited emails and phone calls, especially those that ask for sensitive information or urge you to take immediate action.
  • Verify information: If an email or phone call seems suspicious, contact the person or organization directly using known contact information, not the information provided by the sender or caller. This is crucial for ensuring that you are communicating with a legitimate representative and not disclosing information to potential scammers.
  • Don’t follow instructions blindly: If an email instructs you to call a phone number, make sure to verify the legitimacy of the number before calling. If you’re unsure, reach out to the company or individual using previously known contact information to confirm the request.
  • Be wary of installing software: Do not install remote access software or any other applications at the request of a caller unless you have verified their identity and confirmed the legitimacy of the request. When in doubt, don’t.
  • Use strong, unique passwords: Create strong passwords for all your accounts, and avoid reusing the same password across different platforms services.
  • Keep software updated: Our school district uses SentinelOne as our endpoint detection and response solution, which is remotely managed and updated by the IT department. This helps ensure that your district devices are protected against known security vulnerabilities. While this helps mitigate against bad actors, it’s also critical to keep software up to date on both district and personal devices.
  • Report suspicious activity: If you encounter a potential call-back phishing attempt or believe your account has been compromised, report it immediately. If you ever feel that you have mistakenly disclosed private information or granted unauthorized access, please submit a service request. Remember, the sooner we address the mistake, the safer both staff and student information will be. Please don’t worry about being chastised for a mistake (we all make missteps); our priority is the safety and security of our digital environment including student and staff data.

Thanks for continuing to stay informed and vigilant!

SORA news

Two noteworthy Sora news items.

  1. SORA SWEET READS RETURNS! Summer reading, oh my!  OverDrive’s annual reading program, Sora Sweet Reads, is designed for schools to encourage students to keep reading all year long. This collection of free and simultaneous use juvenile and young adult ebooks (and select audiobooks) will be available to participating schools and prominently displayed in Sora so it’s easy for students to find their next sweet read. On May 15th all school partners who have opted in (and we have) will receive a sweet new curation on their Sora Explore page full of 57 new titles for all ages K-12. The collection this year boasts 34 juvenile titles, 10 young adult titles and 13 general adult-level titles. The collection will be live for 10 weeks from May 15 through Aug. 28 and all titles are simultaneous-use. This means students will all have access immediately and at the same time. Ready to check out the titles? Head over to the Sora Sweet Reads website to view the titles before they go live in our Wayne County shared collection on May 15 and to download some resources as well.                                                                                                              Sora Elementary ReadsSora Sweet ReadsSora Reads HS
  2. The Sora app’s multilingual interface now is available in two additional languages, Korean and Portuguese (Brazilian) with more languages being added. The Sora interface already includes Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish language options. As a reminder, students can update Sora’s display language from the welcome screen or from Language settings in the app’s main menu.                                Sora language changes

When students update their language settings, Sora’s ebook reader, audiobook player, and app interface automatically display in the selected language. Sora will remember your language settings across sessions.

Please note: Changing Sora’s display language does not change the language of the books your students can borrow. If you’re interested in specific language content to support these new interface languages or others? Looking for books to support your native speakers and language learners alike? Check out the languages and learning tile on the Resource Center, where you can find recommended reading lists for ebooks and audiobooks in these languages – and more!


The online Sora app was designed around the modern student reading experience. This app, developed and curated by Overdrive, empowers students to discover and enjoy ebooks and audiobooks, for both leisure and class-assigned reading. ALL STUDENTS in all of our district’s schools AND ALL STAFF can log into our Sora page using their Google Accounts at http://links.pccsk12.com/sora and begin checking out ebooks!

Once logged in, students and staff are able to “borrow” ebooks and audiobooks from a selection of thousands of titles available in their school, district and/or Wayne county library collections. Check out this 2 minute video for how to access the app via the Google apps launcher (aka waffle) as well as how to add a library collection (only need to do that once per year).