Tuesday, September 29, 2015

3D Printing

Coming soon to the EWG Junior Senior High School Library.  Be a part of this! Come make something with us!

Wanhao Duplicator i3 first run

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Printing From Your EWG Chromebook

Chromebooks use Google's Cloudprint to print documents, sheets, presentations, and anything else you might display through the Chrome browser. It is a pretty straightforward system, and usually works well. If you have a Cloud Ready Printer, you can print to it, and you can even share that Cloud Ready printer with other people just like you would share a Google Doc. That is exactly what the EWG School District has done. It has some Cloud Ready printers that it has shared with teachers and students. If you are a student, you'll have access to some printers, and teachers will have access to other printers. Maybe a friend has a Cloud Ready printer that they have shared with you, or you might have one you shared with others. The video below demonstrates how to locate and print to a cloud printer.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

From Hours To Seconds: Informed Decisions Sans Hassle

Stack of stuff
Yes, this is the real, actual stack.
Last April, I was working with an elementary school teacher who pointed to a stack of paper proclaiming, "I've got four IEP reviews Monday morning, so I'll be spending Sunday going through that stack of records." That stack was full of student objectives, student progress, meeting minutes, milestones, and more, I imagine. None of it was sorted, none of it searchable, and none of it very well organized. Fast forward to September, 2015, where the teacher has created several spreadsheets to store information about student objectives and progress, and has begun entering lots of information into those spreadsheets. The same teacher is now only seconds away from using real, live, powerful information. Whether for an IEP review, or to determine which students to pull for services, the information is now just several clicks - and several seconds - away. The video below shows how filters can be used on spreadsheets to sort, slice, and dice large amounts of information into manageable, highly useful chunks. If you have a process that could be made easier or more effective through a spreadsheet or other technology and you would like to explore some opportunities, please let me know.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

iPad Google Classroom Workaround

Just in time for school's start, updates to iOS, Google Classroom, and Google Drive conspired to make opening word documents and pdf files impossible for some iPad users. Google acknowledges the issue, and is reportedly working on a fix. In the meantime, you can still open word and pdf documents on your iPad when a teacher distributes them through Google Classroom. The video below shows the quick, easy steps to importing from a Google Classroom document to Notability.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chromebook WiFi At Home

If you are experiencing issues with your Chromebook's ability to connect to your home WiFi, here are some steps that you can take to resolve the issue.
  • Close the Chrome Browser.
  • Click the button in the lower right hand corner of your Chromebook screen.
  • Click Settings.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page, then click Show Advanced Settings.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the Advanced Settings page and click the Reset Settings button.
  • Reset settings twice! If once is good, twice is better!
  • THIS PART IS IMPORTANT:  You must FIRST login to your Chromebook while still in school.
  • Once you get home, connect to your home WiFi in the normal way using the appropriate password.
  • When you launch a web browser, the iBoss sign in page will display.
  • Be patient! Some students reported that it takes a minute for the connection to start working. If at first you get an error message when you try to load a page, go get a snack, text a friend, or sing your favorite song for 60 seconds. Give it a minute, and try again.
  • *** REALLY SUPER IMPORTANT UPDATE:  10/15/2015. **  IT has learned that you must visit a site that does not use https to kick the connection into action. That means visiting a site or web page that doesn't use encryption FIRST, before trying to go anywhere else. Any site that starts with http:// and not https:// will work. Such sites include weather.com and projo.com and a bunch of others. You will need to visit a non encrypted web site FIRST each time you fire up and connect through your home wifi.
  • Happy computing.
  • If your home WiFi still doesn't work, complete this form, and someone will work with you directly.

Resetting Chrome will erase all cookies, saved passwords, and other detritus, and extensions will be disabled. You might be required to restart the Chromebook. At any rate, your Chrome browser should be restored to brand new condition.

The video below shows the steps to perform the reset, though the reset button is not actually clicked.