Beginning of Year Technology Setup

The purpose of this website is to provide information about setting up your classroom for the beginning of each year.

Teacher Steps to Success

Step 1: Check your phone

If you are in the same room as you were last year, everything remains the same. If you find your phone does not have the correct extension, speak to your office manager to see the status of campus phone extension completion.

If you need to change your voicemail message, use this user guide:

Change voicemail for principals, teachers, and staff: (Default password is 1357)

  1. Dial your district phone number.

  2. Once your voicemail picks up press *

  3. You will hear “Enter your ID (extension of your district phone) Followed by #”

  4. You will hear “Enter your pin followed by #”

  5. Press 2 to access your mailbox

  6. At this point, you have accessed your mailbox. Go ahead and press # followed by a * to cancel the submenu

  7. Press 4 for setup options. At this point, you will hear the option to change your voicemail greeting


If the campus voicemail only needs to be changed:

  1. Campus principal sends an audio recording to xotl.morales@nisdtx.org


Step 2: Printer

All printers can easily be installed with the click of your mouse!


Canon Copiers:
uniFLOW SecurePrint is a “Find-Me” printer that will hold your print job until you go to a printer(Canon) to release it regardless of location. “Find-Me” lets you go to any uniFLOW canon in the district to release your job. Holding your job until you are there helps avoid waste, mix-ups, or privacy concerns. This creates a more secure system for data, saves the district money with centralized printing costs, and is environmentally responsible by lowering our carbon footprint.


Click here for easy-to-follow instructions on how to print with uniFLOW on a laptop.

Click here for easy-to-follow instructions on how to print with UniFlow on a chromebook.


Other Network Printers:
From File explorer type in the following: \\nisdprintsrv
The printers in the district will be listed - Click on your printer link and it will begin to install.
You must be in-network (on an NISD campus) for this to work.

If you need further instructions, click here.


Step 3: Copier

Canon Copiers:
uniFLOW SecurePrint is a “Find-Me” printer that will hold your print job until you go to a printer(Canon) to release it regardless of location. “Find-Me” lets you go to any uniFLOW canon in the district to release your job. Holding your job until you are there helps avoid waste, mix-ups, or privacy concerns. This creates a more secure system for data, saves the district money with centralized printing costs, and is environmentally responsible by lowering our carbon footprint.


Click here for easy-to-follow instructions on how to print with uniFLOW.

Step 4: Classroom Presentation Set Up

TV/Projector - Your projector /TV is set up and ready to use. Watch this video to explain how to setup your TV in your classroom. Alternative/Additional directions here.

iPad Setup - Follow these Instructions and FAQs for setting up your NISD iPad for InTune mobile device management. Review this video to learn how to download apps from the Intune company portal.

Mobile Educator - Setup your devices with AirServer or Doceri. Check out the Mobile Educator page on itresources.nisdtx.org to learn more about getting started with AirServer and Doceri.

iPad Stand - If you have an iPad stand make sure you have it setup in your classroom for use with your laptop.

Audio - Plug in your HDMI or audio cable and test your sound in your room.

HDMI - If you are missing HDMI cables please contact your office manager.

Step 5: Gradebook Set Up

Teacher Access Center Resources

1) Your gradebook category should be set up for you already. Summatives are set up to be 60 and Formatives are set up to be 40. If you teach a class with an approved alternative category setup, we will be happy to adjust, however, it must be approved by Dr. Faris. If you find your gradebook is not set up correctly, please enter a helpdesk ticket, before adding assignments, and a member of Data Services will happily set these up for you.

2) If a student has a schedule change into your class from another one, you will see a sun icon next to their name. Please click the icon to choose the assignments to import into your gradebook. You must do this BEFORE manually entering any assignments for the new student.

Additional info: All campuses have gradebook managers that are shown here that you can reach out to for additional support. They can help with adding assignments, viewing withdrawn students, importing grades for new students

Step 6: Increase security by signing up for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

  • Northwest ISD recommends you increase the security of your logins by enabling Two-factor Authentication using DUO. This modern access security is designed to safeguard all users, devices, and applications — so you can stay focused on what you do best. Go to MFA.NISDTX.ORG

  • Change your password on a regular basis using STRONG and VARIED passwords

  • Make sure your virus protection software is up-to -date

Step 7: Update your Email Signature

  • Having an email signature is an important step to clearly identify yourself in several communication areas. These instructions will walk you through setting up your email signature so that all recipients know your name, role, and campus.

Step 8: Software (Optional)

portal.nisdtx.org is NISD's single sign on solution for accessing digital materials and resources. Watch this video to learn more about adding additional applications to your Portal.

District Approved software is available through the Software Center/Company Portal. If you need additional software not listed go to helpdesk.nisdtx.org



Step 9: Chromebooks

Elementary Chromebooks: Each classroom has a Chromebook tower installed that will securely store your classroom devices. Chromebook allocation will match your enrollment numbers to ensure a 1:1 device standard kindergarten through fifth grade . Please enter a helpdesk ticket if a new student comes in or if you need an additional devices to match enrollment numbers.

Secondary Chromebooks: Chromebooks are given to students in 6th grade and they keep this device throughout their enrollment. New to NISD students can pick Chromebooks up on campus during the first week of school. If they need technical assistance they can stop by the campus tech room during lunches and before school.

Step 10: Know how to report Phishing emails

At times malicious attacks or phishing emails come through that try to get information from employees by getting them to click on harmful links or attachments. NIISD employees can watch this video to learn how to use the Mimecast menu to report phishing.

Step 11: How do I purchase additional digital materials?

Contact your office manager for assistance.

Office Managers, Secretaries, and Administrative Assistants Steps to Success

Step 1: Phones

Complete this FORM to submit the campus phone extension list by August 12th.

If you need to change your voicemail message, use this user guide:

Change voicemail for principals, teachers, and staff: (Default password is 1357)

  1. Dial your district phone number.

  2. Once your voicemail picks up press *

  3. You will hear “Enter your ID (extension of your district phone) Followed by #”

  4. You will hear “Enter your pin followed by #”

  5. Press 2 to access your mailbox

  6. At this point, you have accessed your mailbox. Go ahead and press # followed by a * to cancel the submenu

  7. Press 4 for setup options. At this point, you will hear the option to change your voicemail greeting


If the campus voicemail only needs to be changed:

  1. Campus principal sends an audio recording to xotl.morales@nisdtx.org



Step 2: Registration

  • You will need access to TREx Folders, Google drive for registration, PowerSchool enrollment online, Laserfiche. If you are having issues accessing any of these please enter a helpdesk ticket for assistance.

Step 3: Chromebooks

Elementary Chromebooks: Each classroom has a Chromebook tower installed that will securely store your classroom devices. Chromebook allocation will match your enrollment numbers to ensure 1:1 device standard. If a new student comes in and you need an additional device please enter a helpdesk or ask your librarian.

Secondary Chromebooks: Chromebooks are given to students in 6th grade and they keep this device throughout their enrollment. New to NISD students can pick Chromebooks up on campus during the first week of school. If they need technical assistance they can stop by the campus tech room during lunches and before school.

Step 4: Purchasing & Can I Buy This?

Can I Buy This? - Resource Purchasing Steps for NISD Staff

When establishing initial contact with a vendor or provider of a digital platform, digital textbook, digital materials, or other digital resources, these “make or break” questions will let you know if the resource can be used in NISD.

We have a Technology Standards Page that will assist you in purchasing technology equipment.


Technology Requisition Procedures

Step 5: Increase security by signing up for Multi-Factor Authentication - MFA (Optional)

  • Northwest ISD recommends you increase the security of your logins by enabling Two-factor Authentication using DUO. This modern access security is designed to safeguard all users, devices, and applications — so you can stay focused on what you do best. Click here for step by step instructions on how to setup multi-factor authentication!

  • Change your password on a regular basis using STRONG and VARIED passwords

  • Make sure your virus protection software is up-to -date

Step 6: Update your email Signature & Staff Directory Page

Step 7: Know how to report Phishing emails

At times malicious attacks or phishing emails come through that try to get information from employees by getting them to click on harmful links or attachments. NIISD employees can watch this video to learn how to use the Mimecast menu to report phishing.

How do I purchase digital materials and technology equipment?

Can I Buy This? - Resource Purchasing Steps for NISD Staff

When establishing initial contact with a vendor or provider of a digital platform, digital textbook, digital materials, or other digital resources, these “make or break” questions will let you know if the resource can be used in NISD.

We have a Technology Standards Page that will assist you in purchasing technology equipment.


Technology Requisition Procedures

If you have a question that is not included in this FAQ or need additional help, please submit a HelpDesk request here.