Tech Tidbits! 

Read these to help you work through situations when you are using technology in your classroom.

Google Sheets Formatting Tips

The video link below shows users how to use the menu choice "Format" on a Google Sheet to help you:

1.  Sort data.

2.  Color alternating rows to help you read the spreadsheet easier.

3.  Color code data falling between ranges so that you can use the data easily- especially helpful in looking at assessment data to drive small group instruction.

https://youtu.be/Jo9CQUfJFbw

Get to Know the SSO!

Removing Usernames, Passwords, and Credit Card Info from your Chrome Browser

Personal security online is a big topic these days. Many people click on “Save” when they see the Save Password window appear after signing in to a website.

If you have saved this information accidentally, or have accidentally saved credit card information, click the link below. The short video will explain how to remove usernames and passwords you do not want automatically populated in your Chrome browser. Doing this makes the account more secure. https://youtu.be/FxMvP9weJ2k

If you are an employee of Conroe ISD, then you have been using the new SSO page since August.  But how well do you know the features?  Check out this link to a document that gives you a "tour" of the new log on page.  (This page viewable by @conroeisd.net accounts.) 

Creating Groups for Easy Email!

Yikes!  Don't waste time typing in email addresses over and over!  Streamline your work load by creating a Contact List in Outlook!  This task is also regularly called a Contact List, or Email Group, or Group Email.  Whatever you call it, make your life simpler by following the directions at this link.

Happy Trails to You!  Streamline your End of Year Workload!

If you are moving from your district, and you have been using your Google Drive, you can save yourself a lot of time (and the cost of memory sticks) by following the directions below.  

Any files in your Google Drive that you created, you own.  That also means that if a Google Doc (sheet, preso, etc.) is owned by you, and you want someone in your school or district to be able to keep using that doc, you need to transfer ownership.  You can also transfer ownership of folders.  Watch this video to see how to complete this setup.

If you want to keep any files that someone shared with you, you should make sure you have chosen the icon "Add to My Drive" near the top of the doc. (The Drive icon with a + sign.) You can only move Google Docs that are actually in your Google Drive, not just shared with you.  Watch this video to see how to complete this step.

If you want to keep any files that someone shared with you, you should make sure you have chosen the icon "Add to My Drive" near the top of the doc. (The Drive icon with a + sign.) You can only move Google Docs that are actually in your Google Drive, not just shared with you.  Watch this video to see how to complete this step.

When you have finished cleaning up your Google Drive (step 1 and 2 above) follow the directions located here.  If you don't have a personal Gmail account, you should create one so that you can complete the transfer.  Click here for step by step instructions. 

More Pesky Notifications Using Windows 10!

So I am hearing more about popups that show on your Windows 10 screen in the right hand corner, and they are driving you crazy!  I recommend you scroll down a few entries and follow the directions.  If that doesn't help, click here for another way to turn off notifications.​

Help yourself stay safe on the road!

If you have a hard time resisting the temptation to text, maybe an incentive will help you!  The Woodlands Village Challenge is a program the Township has put into place.  Download the Safe to Save app on your phone, use the Village code that applies to you in the link below, and start earning points for staying off your phone while driving.  You earn points for every mile you drive without using your phone (excludes your map app and music app.)  The points can also be used to get discounts at local stores and restaurants!  All the details are here:

https://thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/1468/Village-Challenge

 

Getting those Notifications Under Control!

Getting those Notifications Under Control!

I've had a few people at school ask me about removing the small messages that pop up (notifications) that show up on their screen.  Sometimes removing notifications is a Chrome browser situation, and sometimes, since we have Windows 10 machines at school, it's a Windows 10 situation.  So click on the links to help you corral those notifications!

Manage your Chrome browser notifications: click here

Manage your Windows 10 notifications: click here

 

I've had a few people at school ask me about removing the small messages that pop up (notifications) that show up on their screen.  Sometimes removing notifications is a Chrome browser situation, and sometimes, since we have Windows 10 machines at school, it's a Windows 10 situation.  So click on the links to help you corral those notifications!

Manage your Chrome browser notifications: click here

Manage your Windows 10 notifications: click here

 

Load any ebook file to your Kindle device!

This is for all you folks out there that own a Kindle!  Have you ever had someone email you an e-book as a "thank you" for signing up for an email blast, or maybe you've found a source for free e-books, and you would like to read that on your Kindle instead of your computer or phone.  Follow the directions at this link to have that file load onto your Kindle, so you can read it like you read your other ebooks! Remember, when the directions say that you should not put anything in the subject or body of the email, follow those directions!

Click here to start!

 

Record Mini-Lessons With Your Document Camera!

I'm excited to see some teachers at Collins using video to help students when the teacher is not available.  This can happen when you have a substitute, when you want to do small group but you want to offer support to those who are working independently, or you want to provide support for students and parents at home. 

Follow the videos below so YOU can start experimenting with using your document camera in this way! 

 

Video 1: How to record a video clip with your document camera.


Video 2: How to take that video and put it on your Canvas page.



Video 3:  How to rename your file, and troubleshoot when the video won't play.
 

Chromebook resolution is too large:

I´ve been noticing lately that some of our Chromebooks have a screen resolution that is quite large.  That means that students may not see all that there is to see on a site, and some of the content may ¨fall off the edges" of the Chromebook.  An example is below- image 1 is a larger screen resolution than image 2.  Watch this very short video to fix the problem.


Image 1:



Image 2:
 

Take a picture of your Chromebook Screen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There´s a great set of keystrokes to use to take a picture of your Chromebook screen, or a part of your Chromebook screen!

You need this when you have something on your screen you want others to see, but you can´t download it.

For a complete screen: press Ctrl key and the Multi-screen key (located on the top row of the Chromebook keyboard.)

For a part of the screen: press Ctl key, Shift key, and the Multi-screen key.  Your cursor will become a crosshair, so you can click and drag across the part of the screen you want to grab.

 

 

After you let go of the keys, the system will copy it to your clipboard, so you can paste it into the document, slide, web site, etc.  

 

We used this when creating avatars on Avatarmaker.com.  The images wouldn´t download, so the students just did a screen grab of their avatar, and pasted it in their book talk slide stack.

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