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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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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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How To Force Reboot A Chromebook

In the last few weeks have had half a dozen Chromebooks sent to me for repair with a black screen issue. Indeed, when you pressed the power button you could tell that the screen was getting power, but you just saw a black screen and nothing else.

The good news is this was an easy fix. Basically the Chromebook needed a forced reboot. To force reboot a Chromebook press the Power button and the Reload button.

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This forces the Chromebook to reboot. Remember the old PC reset buttons? 

This may or may not fix your issue, but it’s definitely worth adding to your bag of troubleshooting tricks.

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How To Make AirServer work on the FCPS network

IMG_0120Ever since we started using iPads in FCPS, teachers have wanted to be able to mirror their iPad to their classroom projector. We first made this work using Apple TVs. Then, about two years ago we started suggesting a program called AirServer. You install AirServer on your teacher computer and then you can mirror to your computer (which should be connected to your projector.) You can learn more about AirServer and pricing here. If your school purchases the software you will need to submit a Helpdesk ticket to have it installed for you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Graduating? New Job? Take Your Files With You Using Google Takeout

google-take-titleWe are nearing the end of the school year. Like you didn’t already know that. One commonly asked question is how do we allow students to keep their files when they graduate or leave our school district. Similar questions are asked about when staff leave our district. Well, if their files are in Google Drive they can export them using Google Takeout. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lenovo N21 & N22 Chromebooks Have Different Power Cords

The most popular Chromebook we have purchased in FCPS has been the Lenovo N21 model. A few months ago, the N21 was discontinued and replaced with the N22. They look almost identical as you can see in this picture. The N21 has “lenovo” written under the center of the screen and the N22 has “N22” written under the bottom right corner of the screen.

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Google+ Communities Can Be a Great Collaboration Tool

Google-Plus-CommunitiesFCPS has had a Google domain now for over a year. All students and staff have accounts and can use Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Classroom, etc… We also have many schools now using Chromebooks too. One feature I haven’t talked much about (zero times on this blog) is using Google+ Communities with staff.

Google+ Communities are a great place to search for ideas and ask other people questions about specific topics.

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