Thursday, September 3, 2015

Friday Information 9/3/15

Useful Information:
  • Locking computers: Make sure to lock your computer when you walk away from it to protect any sensitive information.  To do so, click the windows button on your keyboard and L.  You will be asked to type in your password to unlock it.
  • Help! Where are those instructions for ___? : As a reminder, you can find the Beginning of the Year Information here.
    • Information includes: how to find logins, getting started with Typing Club, and many other useful tidbits.
  • Polka Dot page: A shortcut for the computer lab home page is:  The lab home page from last year has been moved over to our new domain.  Some of the kids who had the old page bookmarked will need to add a new bookmark.  You can tell if it’s the old page because there is a sunshine on the top right-hand corner.  The new page has Typing Club in its place.
  • Shortcuts for Icons: Would you like to have handy icons on your PC’s taskbar for Google Drive, Calendar, and Gmail?  Here are the instructions. (Also found on Teacher tab- Tutorials and How To’s- Gmail.)
  • Pearson Successnet-  Remember K-2 teachers, we have access to some great, already-made, interactive board resources through Pearson Successnet.  To get started visit Teacher tab- Tutorials and How To’s - Pearson Successnet OR ask your math coach OR ask me!
  • Voice feature in Google- New feature that allows users to speak into a microphone and it will type the text.
    • 1. Open a Google doc
    • 2, Click "Tools" menu
    • 3. Select Voice Typing from drop down and that's it*
    • *You need to be on a Chromebook OR have a mic hooked up to your desktop for this to work.
    • This is going to benefit so many of our kids!
  • Team meetings for Sept- Your tech facilitator will be discussing the SAMR model. I'll be tagging along for support.
  • Dates are:
  • GVES 9/7-9/11
  • RES (postponed until) 10/6-10/8
  • TCES 9/22-9/24
  • Do you have a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark beside your name when you are signed in to Chrome?  That means you are still signed in to Chrome with your account. To fix this, follow these instructions. (Also found on Teacher tab- Tutorials and How To’s- Chrome.)
  • If you haven't already, please take a minute to fill out this survey for all teachers and staff. This will help me create goals and PD opportunities for the year.
Upcoming PD Opportunities:
  • Google Sites- Round 2 (all levels welcomed), October 6, 3:15-4:15, Old Berry Library.  STI-PD number will be released soon.
Fun Extras:
  • Great tip from a teacher in the district: Isn't it frustrating to have to "wake" your Chromebox so often? Go to the chrome web store download the Keep Awake extension. It keeps your Chromebox on until you turn off the extension with just a click! 
  • How to insert a bookmark in a Google Doc (your Frequently Asked Questions has this feature) WONDERFUL

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