Alerts and News

New Filtering Solution for YouTube

posted Oct 13, 2016, 12:46 PM by Alice Graves   [ updated Feb 7, 2017, 1:41 PM ]

YouTube - Action Required

Jeffco will be implementing a new internet filtering solution for YouTube traffic on Monday, October 17. This will better balance the instructional use of this important resource and the blocking of inappropriate content.

This solution will require staff to “approve” many videos that are currently being used in classrooms and posted to district/school webpages.

To support staff in implementing this change, both video and print directions are linked below:


Changes to staff accounts have already been implemented to enable staff to review YouTube videos currently being used and if necessary to “approve” them this week in anticipation of full implementation next Monday, October 17, 2016.

No News is Good News

posted Apr 21, 2016, 7:47 AM by Alice Graves

Please check back for Alerts and News. Nothing to share at the moment!

Update July 2015

posted Jul 23, 2015, 7:14 AM by Laura Schreiber   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 8:16 AM by Alice Graves ]

YouTube Cleanvideosearch Issue

Due to changes Google is implementing, all YouTube videos (embedded or not, including Cleanvideosearch and Google Videos) are being forced in to https connections which are blocked for Jeffco students for security reasons. Videos can be accessed when a Jeffco staff member logs in to bypass the iBoss filter. Read More.

Google Classroom (**New**)

posted Mar 30, 2015, 12:01 PM by Juan Young   [ updated Aug 13, 2015, 12:08 PM by Laura Schreiber ]

EXCITING NEWS:   We’ve added a new tool to our Jeffco Google Apps menu as a Self-Supported tool – Google Classroom – as a pilot for the remainder of this school year.  Teachers have access to this tool to support student use in classrooms and there are many training resources available through Google.  You can access the tool via the link above. This may take up to 24 hours to process.

YouTube (**NEW**)

posted Oct 30, 2014, 8:08 AM by Alice Graves

YouTube is a great place to access instructional videos, but due to recent changes in Internet browser security settings, it has been difficult to safely share those videos with students through educational tools like Schoology, Google Sites and Google Presentations.

To allow teachers to more easily share this valuable instructional content in a filtered environment, several changes are being implemented by Jeffco’s Information Technology department as of Monday, Oct. 20. The five-minute video linked below provides the information schools need (both links take you to the same video):

YouTube link (will require you to log into iBoss):
Google Drive link:

The video provides detailed information on the new process for both student and teacher access to YouTube, including directions on embedding videos in Google and Schoology. Teachers and staff may also access a written version of the directions.

BYOD, Mac computers, and unmanaged devices will need to manually install the new SSL Certificate. Instructions for installing Security Certificates can be found here. Remember, for all Jeffco-managed devices, the user will not have to do anything for the changes to take effect.

YouTube Cleanvideosearch Issue

posted Sep 8, 2014, 9:30 AM by Alice Graves   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 9:31 AM ]

Due to changes Google is implementing, all YouTube videos (embedded or not, including Cleanvideosearch and Google Videos) are being forced in to https connections which are blocked for Jeffco students for security reasons. Videos can be accessed when a Jeffco staff member logs in to bypass the iBoss filter.

If you bypass the iBoss filter in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, you will be able to access full-scale YouTube. Please be diligent when doing this as students could potentially access inappropriate content if not monitored closely.

Can't View Your Videos?

posted Nov 4, 2013, 9:48 AM by Alice Graves   [ updated Nov 4, 2013, 11:46 AM ]

Most of the major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE) have changed the way they handle embedded content, which results in some embedded content (ex: videos, Prezis, embedded documents) not being visible without user permission. Two of the most common areas users are running into blocked content are with videos and other items that are embedded in Schoology and on Google Sites. This is a new web security feature and is not a Schoology or Google issue. An easy fix is for the user to simply allow the blocked content that the browser is suppressing. Directions for allowing this blocked content area available on this document. Please share this information with others, and if you hear comments like "I can't see the video" or "my page is blank", remind users to tell their browser to allow the blocked content, an action that only needs done once per browsing session.

Site Design is now easier!

posted Jul 23, 2013, 4:04 PM by Alice Graves   [ updated Jul 29, 2013, 10:03 AM ]

Google Sites has changed the interface for editing colors and fonts on a website. You can still locate colors and fonts by navigating to More>Manage sites>Themes, Colors and Fonts. The list of available categories to customize include:
  • Entire page
  • Site header
  • Content area
  • Content area gadgets
  • Sidebar gadgets
  • Horizontal navigation
Within each category, additional items become available for selecting custom colors and fonts.

Don’t let a recent change to Google Sites catch you off guard!

posted Sep 13, 2012, 3:43 PM by Alice Graves

Google Sites has changed how to access the ability to edit your site layout. Although the underlying method to change the site layout remains the same, the method to navigate to this feature has been made much easier for editors of a site to access. 

We hope you didn’t become too fond of the “Edit sidebar” link that was available under side navigation, because it has been removed from the interface. Hopefully you know that you can navigate to “edit navigation” by using the More>Manage Site>Site Layout path. However, please don’t get too fond of that navigation path either. Instead please start using the new method of editing your site layout.

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