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New Look for Google Calendar

Use new calendar2Beginning today, there is a new look for Google Calendar. The functions and features are the same. It just looks “better” and more inline with other Google products.

I have approved the change for our domain, but left it as optional for now. The default is still the classic view. Read the rest of this entry »

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KySTE 2018 – Call for Presenters

KySTE2018If you’ve ever attended one of my trainings you know I usually open talking about the Spring KySTE Conference which is held every year in March. That is because I believe it’s one of the best education based technology conferences that KY teachers and those who support classroom instruction can attend. It’s a great event to learn by attending sessions and by networking with your peers in other districts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Change Chromebook Wallpaper for Sign On Screen

wallWe’ve been able to set the wallpaper/background image for users for quite some time. Often schools would set a wallpaper that showed their school or mascot. However, until recently we haven’t been able to set the background on our managed Chromebooks that you see before a user logs on. Now you can. Read the rest of this entry »

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Update Chromebooks for WIDA/DRC Testing

Several Chrome OS updates were released over the summer. These updates typically download automatically in the background while you use a Chromebook and install the next time you reboot.

However, if you are trying to use a Chromebook that hasn’t been used in awhile for WIDA/DRC testing and are getting a screen similar to this, you may want to manually update your Chromebook.


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Chromebooks: Get More Info with Alt + V

IMG_4904One of the easiest ways to find out what Chrome OS version a Chromebook is on is to press ALT + V while on the logon screen. This will make the version information show up in the top right corner of the screen. On an non-managed Chromebook, you will also see the serial number. This too is helpful information.


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Google Slides Can Be An Alternative To MS Publisher

google-slides-apiThe other day I was talking with a school administrator who wanted to move to using G Suite for everything. He said he made documents like newsletters using MS Publisher and wondered if Google had a program like Publisher. I told him yes, Google Slides. Now I know what your thinking. He didn’t say he wanted to make PowerPoint presentations. He said he wanted to make newsletters. Google Slides is a great tool for making slide presentations. For the past year and a half I’ve used it for all of my presentations. However, it can be used for more than just slide presentations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Presenting Google Admin Sessions at #KySTE17

2017graphicThe spring¬†Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) conference is Kentucky’s largest educational technology conference. It’s being held March 8th-10th in Louisville. The KySTE conference is an excellent opportunity¬†to network with and learn from CIOs, TRTs, teachers, and technicians from across the state.

This year I’m excited to be presenting 3 sessions I’m calling the Google Admin Series. Read the rest of this entry »

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