Tech Tips

Book 1:1 time with Mr. Britton!

posted Nov 18, 2015, 7:57 AM by Randy Britton

Hi everyone,

Click on this link to book your 1:1 time with Mr. Britton!  Mondays from 10-12!


Epson Brightlink Training Videos!

posted Nov 16, 2015, 8:22 AM by Randy Britton

Hi everyone - please check out the following Epson Brightlink training videos!  In particular, the one on how to use the "finger touch" feature is worth your 3 minutes of time.

Holy Cow!

posted Oct 21, 2015, 7:24 AM by Randy Britton

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Hi everyone!

I don't know if this is widely known, but we have not 1 Cow, but 2 Cows (Computers on Wheels, that is)!

Available for your use, whenever you want, are:

1 Cow with 30 Windows 7 Laptops
1 Cow with 40 brand-new iPad Airs 

(Windows Apps installed: Chrome, Microsoft Office, others upon request.)

(iPad Apps installed: Front Row, Raz Kids, IXL, Google Earth, Epic!, Kindle Book Reader, Garage Band, iMovie, Nearpod, Starfall, QR Code Reader, Keynote, Numbers, Pages (Apple Office apps), Doodle Buddy, Stop Motion, Dragon Dictation, Google Drive - others available upon request.)

These resources are parked in the Technology Hall, and can be reserved by scheduling in Google Calendar.

How to reserve a Cow: 

There are 2 ways to reserve the Lab or a Cow:

Option 1: (One-time appointment): Create an appointment on your Google calendar. 
Click "Edit event."  In the middle of the page, click "Add: Rooms, etc."
Choose the resource you'd like to use during the appointment, and it will reserve it for your use.

Option 2: (adds the Cow calendar to your calendars): Click on the downward triangle next to "Other Calendars" and choose "Browse Interesting Calendars."  Click "More" at the top.  Click "Resources for" - you can now subscribe to the resources you'd like to add to your calendar.

All Cows and Calves must return to their pens for the night for a good charging!

Please, USE THE COWS!   Happy Computing!

How to deal with Minecraft

posted Sep 22, 2015, 6:06 AM by Randy Britton

Good morning everyone,

This weekend, I came across an excellent web site that is a great resource for parents who have Minecraft-obsessed (or just Minecraft-interested) children.

It is particularly helpful because it is written in plain-language with an intended audience of parents who are not very Minecraft-saavy, in an attempt to help answer common questions, dispel myths, and offer a resource for parents in an area where a little common understanding can go a long way.

I urge you to check out (she's English), and pass along this link to parents.   I will put the word out through official channels, but thought you might all want to check it out as a resource for yourselves too.

Happy mining!

How to Use Google Classroom

posted Feb 10, 2015, 7:16 AM by Randy Britton

Hi everyone!

I found some excellent online training for using Google Classroom - follow this link!  As always, happy to spend some 1:1 time with any of you to assist.

Book 1:1 time with Mr. Britton

posted Jan 18, 2015, 7:10 AM by Randy Britton

Just a reminder that you can book 30 minutes of 1:1 time with Mr. Britton by clicking on the following link: 

How to build a simple SmartBoard activity

posted Jan 16, 2015, 6:51 AM by Randy Britton

So, you use Smart Board activities that others build all the time - how about building your own?  This quick 5 minute video gives you the basics, so you can start making your own SmartBoard activities!

Building a simple Smart Board activity

Google Cloud Printing is Here!

posted Jan 15, 2015, 7:00 AM by Randy Britton

Today I enabled Google "Cloud Printing" for all of the GVS Staff.

What does this mean for you?  
It means you now have an easier way to choose printers and do your printing from your GVS computer.

How does it work?
If you are logged in to your Google account (important), while you are in the Chrome browser, you can now print to any GVS Printer using Google Cloud Printing services.

Simply choose "Change..."  in the print dialog,
Then scroll down to "Google Cloud Print" and choose the desired printer.

That's it!  

Advantages of Google Cloud Print:
1.  It always chooses the printers that are closest physically to where you are.
2.  It remembers your print jobs (if you want it to).
3.  It uses the "friendly" computer names, even if you're on an Ubuntu machine!
4.  It allows you to print "remotely" if you want - i.e. print at GVS while you're at home!

1.  Must be logged in to your Google account for it to work.
2.  Only works for "Cloud Print" enabled apps, such as Google Chrome. 

High-Speed Scanner

posted Jan 13, 2015, 10:34 AM by Randy Britton

Hi everyone!  Did you know the high-speed scanner in the Office workroom can scan directly to your iPhone, and from there go straight into your Google Drive account - without needing to log into a computer at all?  Simply add the "ScanSnap" app to your iPhone, and follow the instructions by the scanner to set your phone up from there.  Once that's done, it's a snap to scan documents right to your Drive account!

Password tip - 4 random words!

posted Jan 5, 2015, 5:39 AM by Randy Britton

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the new year!   With a new year, you might want to think about a new password.  Remember the two secrets to a secure password:  length, and randomness.  The simple way to get a password to remember that is both?  Pick 4 random words, and voila, a password!  Once you have your 4 random words, *then* make up a story so you'll remember them.  Here's your tip for the 1st week of January!

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