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Top 5 Tips to Stay Secure in Classrooms

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Staying secure in your classroom keeps you and your students’ data safe while ensuring your classroom technology runs more smoothly. Keep these five tips in mind when setting up and ending your lecture.

  1. Restart the classroom system.
    If the system has been on all day and you start to experience issues with audio, Cynap, or projecting, try turning the entire classroom system off by choosing the Home screen on the Control Panel and then the Turn System Off option. Wait about 30 seconds and then choose the Turn System On option. Restarting will also log off any previous activity from Cynap and reset the PIN code for Cynap.
  2. Start a New Presentation on Cynap at the beginning and end of class.
    It is very easy to connect to the Cynap wirelessly. The PIN code for connecting to the Cynap is displayed on the screen so students in class can also share information. To ensure students from previous classes don’t join your current session, reset the Cynap at the beginning of class. View a walk-through of the reset process in this 54-second quick training video. At the end of class, follow this same procedure. Ending the Cynap presentation and starting a new one ensures you are logged off any sites that you connected to while on the Cynap and changes the displayed PIN code for connecting wirelessly.
  3. Blank the Screen when showing personal data such as…
    logging onto accounts, email, or FERPA-covered data such as student grades and information in Canvas. Most control panels in the classrooms have a Blank Screen option underneath the screen controls. If you don’t see that option, simply switch to a different input to show something else on the screen while you log in or check private data.
  4. Use Eduroam when you need to get on Wi-Fi.
    Eduroam is the university’s secure Wi-Fi network. Advantages to using Eduroam include a better network experience than using the UT-Open non-secure network, and many other universities, museums, and institutions worldwide use it; when traveling, you might be able to connect to a Wi-Fi network more easily.
  5. Practice Zoom safety…
    by following measures to prevent Zoom bombing in your meetings, such as using waiting rooms, requiring passcodes, or requiring attendees to be logged into their university account.

If you would like help with any of these security features or need help in your classroom, contact the OIT HelpDesk.

Resource Links

Classroom support – Request classroom training help.
Zoom precautions – Best Practices for Preventing ‘Zoom Bombing’
Watch the video – End and Start a New Session in Cynap
Read the instructions – Connecting a Laptop Wirelessly.