Provide Support With Chrome Remote Desktop

1‘Tis the season to provide family tech support. Christmas is almost here and many people will be getting new tech devices. Some will be adding laptops and I hope many will be getting Chromebooks. Are you responsible for any technology in your school? If so, my guess is you are considered your family’s resident tech expert. That’s me in our family and I’m happy to help, but due to distance and time I can’t always come onsite. Have you ever tried to help someone over the phone and thought, if you could just see the screen you could figure out the issue? Well there are a few options in the Google-verse for providing tech support. Read the rest of this entry »

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Video Conferencing and Screen Sharing Doesn’t Get Easier Than Using Google Meet

meet_512dpSometimes you want to see another user’s screen or have a video conversation with one or more users. G Suite includes an easy to use product called Meet which allows users to do both of these things without the need of installing software. It works on PCs, Chromebooks, tablets, and phones. This is a great tool for both teachers and students. Read the rest of this entry »

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Update Google Cloud Directory Sync Settings Prior To The Microsoft Office 365 Divestiture

AD to GSSay What??? If the title means nothing to you, you can probably stop reading now. If some of the following is true for you, then this post may be worth your time.

  • Your district uses Google Cloud Directory Sync (GCDS) (formally GADS) to upload and sync users between Active Directory and your Google domain.
  • You use the ketsEduSystemID AD attribute as your Unique identifier Attribute in GCDS. This has been recommend by KETS and myself in the past.
  • You are about to go through the Microsoft Office 365 Divestiture. True for all Kentucky public schools.

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Using Columns in Google Docs

UntitledRemember the old “I’m not only the hair club president, I’m also a client” commercials? Well, I’m not only a nerdy passionate tech guy, I’m also a parent of three kids. My daughter in elementary school just finished up an at home project. The last part she had to complete was a one page newspaper. The directions said it had to have three articles and each article was to be in it’s own column.

Well, this sounds a bit complicated. Google Docs probably can’t handle making columns. Guess, I’m going to have to use Word instead, right??? Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Set A Profile Picture in G Suite and Office 365

daveIn a previous G Suite post I mentioned setting a profile picture (Who’s Connected To My Google Doc And What’s A Profile Image?). In that post I didn’t mention how to do it. So guess what this post is about.

Why You Need A Profile Picture

OK, so need it too strong of a word. A profile picture has zero effect on what you can do in G Suite or Office 365. However, there are some programs and apps that at times show your profile picture rather than your name. Skype for Business and Google Docs are two examples that come to mind. Also, profile pictures are more eye catching than whatever the program or app uses as a generic profile image. Plus, maybe its just me, Read the rest of this entry »

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Who’s Connected To My Google Doc And What’s A Profile Image?

Share7One of the best features of G Suite is how simple it is to share documents. There are many reasons to share a document. For example, you might want to allow others to collaborate on it. Or you might just want to give read access to allow others to view a document. An example would be sharing a class syllabus with your students or information with parents.

You can also control how users access your document. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teachers Can Approve Blocked YouTube Videos and Channels on Chromebooks

rThere are many educational and noneducational videos on YouTube that have child appropriate content. Unfortunately, there is also a ton of videos on YouTube with inappropriate content. The technical process of separating the appropriate from the inappropriate is a lot more difficult than some may think. One change we have made recently to combat this issue on Chromebooks is to enable content restrictions. The blocking of videos is automatically done by Google. However, all FCPS teachers have the ability to allow students to watch a particular video or channel on YouTube. Read the rest of this entry »

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