The Chrome Web Browser is ever changing so these instructions are valid for version 21 and above at this time 2-5-2013.  My previous postings and Google Doc on the subject are now out of date.

Some Background:
Many web apps that we use are launched from a parent web page using a technology called a popup page. Unfortunately some Ad's are delivered in this same way.  However, there are generally only one or two of these depending on the site you are visiting and most web developers no longer rely on this method of pushing Ad's because web browsers block them through the use of the popup blockers by default.  It is safe to turn off this technology because the use of the popup blocker usually masks additional issues your computer may have such as malware.  If you turn off the popup blocker and you are inundated with Ad's then you have malware that needs to be removed.

To turn off the popup blocker on the Chrome browser do the following:

While in Chrome click on the Settings icon in the upper right corner (three dashed lines) and select "Settings" in the menu.  At the bottom of the page click the link for "Show Advanced Settings". In the Privacy section Click the "Content Settings..." button.  Scroll down to Popups and select "Allow all sites to show popups".  You can also be more selective and just allow certain websites to popup a page by clicking the Manage Exceptions button and in the Hostname Pattern field enter the website address pattern such as infinitecampus.org.

 
 

Note: This will only work while you are on the school network and on a school owned computer that is associated with the CSDPrivate wireless network or wired with a LAN connection.

Click here to reset your network password. or enter http://server-1/changepassword

This utility will allow you to change your network password that you need in order to log on to the Internet.  You must know your current password in order to use this utility.  If you have forgotten your network password you will need to see one of the network authorized administrators to have them reset your password for you.

 
 
PROBLEM:  When using your Chrome browser and you attempt to log on to the Internet, a window opens and attempts to download a Cabinet file called "authrootst", or when using Internet Explorer or Firefox the logon attempt also tries to download a file rather than log you on.  

Solution: Turn off the PopUp blocker on the browser.  In Chrome click on the Wrench icon in the upper right corner and select "Options" in the menu.
Select "Under the Hood" on the left column.  Click the "Content Settings..." button at the top of the page.  Scroll down to Pop-ups and select "Allow all sites to show pop-ups".
Close the Options tab at the top of the screen.  Log back onto the Internet.

For other browsers click here to see how to disable the Pop-up blocker.

Problem:  When attempting to lg onto the Internet you receive a Certificate Error.  Click here for instructions on handling this error.
 
 
Login window
How to Get to Internet Sites outside of the school realm.

Please read this carefully and fully before asking questions.

Previously I emailed everyone informing you all about the new authenticating measures needed to get to the Internet.  From now on everyone will be required to authenticate in order to get to Internet sites outside of the school realm.  You will be able to get to your files, email, calendars and many other specific sites without having to authenticate, however going to Internet sites outside of the predetermined school realm of web sites will require everyone to log in.  This is being done for greater management over personal devices.


The school realm of web sites is an expanding list of kid safe, informational or production web sites.  These sites are entered into a special list in the web filter and when accessed they bypass the login process.

Logon and Passwords

All Staff network accounts are in the form of  First-Initial+Lastname and Student accounts are Grad-year+First-Initial+Lastname.


When you access an Internet site not defined within the school realm you will receive a Login window like the one shown here.
You will need to use your Network Account and Password to successfully log in.  If you log onto a thin client regularly then this is the same network account to use,  it is not your email address.

To get the default password for many users who do not normally access the network please click here.  You will need to use your Google account to view this page.  Your Google account is your email account and password.
  • Once you are authenticated, your session is good for six hours before having to re-authenticate.  
  • There is an inactivity timer of 15 minutes.
  • There is a 5 minute disconnected user detection.

It is very important that you disable your browser's popup blocker.
 
 
I will be enabling a new network security feature on Wednesday June 29th that will require everyone to authenticate when accessing websites outside of the school realm.  The school realm of websites are a select group of safe and necessary websites determined in-house.  You can see the list below.  Additional sites can be added to the school realm but only if they are for productivity.  The intention of the school realm of websites is to allow those who are on these Internet systems all day - for their convenience to not have to authenticate every hour.  For example the office staff can access Infinite Campus or Skyward where they work all day, so they will not need to authenticate to get to those sites.

Any attempt to access a web site outside of the school realm will require all users to authenticate, this way all web traffic can be logged by user and by device for 30 days.  Once authenticated, the system will know if you are a staff member or student and there will be different levels of web filtering (once I have configured it).

This method is necessary in order to be able to fully manage who is able to access the Internet.  With student owned devices there was no way to fully disallow a student from accessing the Internet when he or she had lost privileges. 


When you are prompted to authenticate you will use your regular Network Account and Password you use to log onto your thin clients.  This will affect all users and students on both campuses. 

All student accounts will be re-created this summer with a new shorter version going from Kindergarten to 12th grade. 

The school realm of websites is a growing list.  Here are the basic sites that are in the list:

School Realm of Websites

School Website - csdk12.net
All of Google Apps (Docs, Gmail, Calendar, etc.)
Dropbox.com
iGoogle.com
Infinite Campus
Skyward.com
DPI
Wisconsin.gov
Schoolspeciality.com
iscorp.com
MarwoodConference.org
Accelerated Reader
Star Reading
All Wisconsin school websites that are wi.us
 
 
SyncDocs is the ultimate way for you to move to the Cloud while at the same time using your favorite document editor like Word or Open Office.  

Once installed on your Windows PC SyncDocs will keep any folder you choose in full sync with your Google Docs.  The installer creates a desktop folder called "My google Docs" by default and once installed all of your Google Docs will appear in this folder.  You can drag and drop any files or folders you want synchronized to your Google Docs right into this folder and they will be synced up to your Google docs account.

But it gets better.  Open Word and and create a document, save it to your SyncDocs folder you have chosen to be in sync with your Google Docs and the file will immediately be synced to your Google Docs account in Google Docs format.  Now open a browser and go to your Google Docs account online.  Open the document you just created with Word and edit it online using Google docs.  When you are done editing Google Docs will automatically save the file.  SyncDocs on your PC will resync the edited document back to your PC with the changes you made online.  Re-open the file in Word and you will see your changes.  SyncDocs automatically converts the file formats for you so your file is still a native Word doc on your PC but a Google doc when you are online.

One thing worth noting.  The synchronization only works from your PC, your Google docs account does not do any synchronizing.

Watch this short informative video showing how SyncDocs works.