Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Chrome User Profiles

In my travels across the district I see many Google Cloud Print (aka SharpFindMe) issues arising from users being logged into their school Google account and one or more personal Google accounts through a single browser window. Multiple logins in a single Chrome window often give Chrome fits about which printers should be visible. The best way to avoid this problem is to use separate and distinct user profiles within Chrome. Doing so creates a clean demarcation between school based and personal accounts while also allowing concurrent access to multiple accounts. Sounds complicated, but it's not. There's a nerdy writeup on how to establish multiple profiles in Chrome located here, and a longer, rambling video on the same displayed below. Using Chrome profiles will not eliminate every printing gremlin, but will remove one of the peskiest. If you would like help with Chrome profiles, let me know.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Digital Whiteout

A teacher submitting digital artifacts and evidence in support of her team's NEASC self study standard asked, "How can I blur or remove a student name from a screenshot or other image to preserve confidentiality?" Two quick, simple methods are shown below. The first video assumes you are using your MacBook while second assumes you are using a Chromebook or any other computer with Chrome. If you discovered a faster, simpler method, please share it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Updating Chromebooks

A large number of Metcalf teachers indicated that some students are receiving iReady "Your browser is out of date" error messages, and that the students cannot access iReady. Here's a simple, fast way you or your students may expedite a resolution to that particular problem.