Tech Tips

How to post grades/print report cards in PowerSchool

posted Nov 13, 2017, 10:11 AM by Randy Britton

Hi everyone!

With report card deadlines rapidly approaching, I wanted to give everyone a quick tutorial on how to enter your grades in PowerTeacher Pro, as well as how to make sure that your HAWKS grades and comments go into the correct section.

Finally, I wanted to show folks where they can print their class report cards.

Here's this week's video!  It takes about 8 minutes to watch.  

Video: Approving YouTube Videos

posted Sep 21, 2017, 10:53 AM by Randy Britton

Hi everyone!

Ever had the "not approved" screen come up when your students are trying to see the innocuous Bill Nye YouTube video you want them to watch on their Chromebooks?

All Teachers at GVS have the authority to approve YouTube videos for viewing by the rest of GVS.

This week's Tech Tip shows you how!  2 minutes that are well worth your time!

Enjoy!  Click here!


Video: How to add custom class names in PTP!

posted Sep 8, 2017, 10:33 AM by Randy Britton

Here's how to add custom class names in PowerTeacher Pro!  4 minutes.  Worth your time!  Enjoy!

Video: How to get Photos from iPad to Mac!

posted Aug 31, 2017, 8:09 PM by Randy Britton

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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.

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.

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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