Manage Chrome Bookmarks for Students using the Google Admin Console

bookmarkWe’ve all been there. You have a group of students that you want to access a particular website. You tell all of the students the website address. You write it on the board. You create a a short link to it. You mail it out. You post it in Classroom. You spell it out spell it out like you are doing a new version of the YMCA dance, but alias you can’t get all of your students to the site and have to spend time helping individual students.

Now, don’t get me wrong, individualized instruction is a good thing, but pointing out that they are missing a period in the URL or the “N” in the short URL needs to be capitalized, is taking away from the time you have to teach your lesson. Then, what if you aren’t in the same room as the students you are teaching? They are on another campus or even working on an assignment at home. How can you make sure the students have easy access to your school website, or other important site? Read the rest of this entry »


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Setting Up Chromebooks for MAP Testing using the Google Admin Console

cbWe are back to using MAP testing again this year. With the influx of Chromebooks in many schools, it only makes sense to use them for MAP testing. NWEA has actually made this easy since they have released a Chromebook app that can be deployed to your school Chromebooks. If you are a GAFE Manager for your school (meaning you have access to the Google Admin Console) you can follow the steps below. If you are not, you’ll need to submit a Helpdesk ticket to have the app setup on your Chromebooks.

One of the best things about the MAP testing app is you don’t have to long on to the Chromebook in order to use it. So a student forgetting their password on testing day is not an issue.

Most schools currently have their Chromebooks setup in one of two ways for daily use. I’m going to call them USER MODE and KIOSK MODE. Read the rest of this entry »



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 »


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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Why Not To Force Install Apps on Chromebooks

chromebookFCPS now has several schools using Chromebooks so you’ll start seeing more GAFE and Chromebook posts along with iPad posts and other things I think about.

All of our Chromebooks are managed in the Google Management Console and all of our staff and students have Google accounts in our Google domain. We use the “block all apps and extensions except the ones I allow” option for all students. It is up to the district and/or school as to which apps to allow.


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