Wednesday, September 28, 2011
As the school year progresses and you continue to work on new and existing office files, keep in mind that the Technology Department is here to help:
Open Office (OO) offers batch conversion (the conversion of entire folders of documents in a single pass) for files generated in Office 2002 (XP). You can even convert Word, Excel and Powerpoint files at the same time.
File → Wizards → Document Converter
Professional Development Center Staff
1:1 support for working in new and existing documents
Will convert document from legacy formats to OO
Available from 7:30 – 4 Mon – Fri.
Machines will be placed in each departmental area with MS Office for converting documents
Will be accessible through the end of the first semester
Summer projects for conversion of curricular materials
- Projects to convert existing legacy MS Office files to OO
Check out these resources:
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
The AAL Help Desk is happy to report that our training program is up and running. Students can sign up for training with our Tuesdays With Google program or Web Applications Thursdays. On these days, student Tech Leaders offer small workshops on specific topics. So far, the Tech Leaders have offered courses in Basic Google Docs, Using the Calendar and Task Bar for Homework Management, and Configuring Dropbox. Topics change weekly and can be suggested by the students.
In addition, the Tech Leaders continue to offer one-to-one tutorials on all netbook-related topics. Any student is welcome to request a tutorial. We train individuals on all aspects of Google Apps as well as on virtually any Web 2.0 application. Students sign up for tutorials here.
PC World recently published an article touting Gmail labs called 15 Add-OnstoBecomeaGmailPowerUser. We’ve combined some of those tips along with a few of our favorites to help you get the most out of Gmail.
Judy and Cindy’s Favorite Gmail Labs:
Undo Send: Hit "Send" too soon? Stop messages from being sent for a few seconds (5 to 30 seconds) after hitting the send button. After enabling Undo Send, go to the ‘General’ tab in Mail Settings and change the cancellation period to the desired duration.
Send and Archive: Adds a button to the compose email box that allows you to reply and file away a conversation in one step.
Canned Responses: Are there email messages that are repeated over and over? Save them and then send your common messages by just clicking a button and selecting the specific canned response!
Inserting Images: Adding images to emails can make them more interesting and can include content in the email that would otherwise need to be an attachment. Enable this lab in order to have access to the Insert Image icon on the ‘Compose Mail’ toolbar.
Default Text Styling: Would you prefer Times New Roman to Arial, or perhaps large text to small text, in your email messages? Once this lab is enabled, go to the 'General' tab on the 'Settings' page and change the default text styling to better suit your preferences.
Message Sneak Peek: Peek into a conversation without opening it by right-clicking on a message in your inbox.
Signature tweaks: Places your signature before the quoted text in a reply, and removes the "--" line that appears before signatures.
Create a Document: Allows you to create a Google Document from within email conversation. By going to More, Create a Document, your email message will automatically become a Google Doc!
Preview Pane: Provides a horizontal or vertical pane to read mail right next to or below your list of conversations, making mail reading faster without leaving your inbox.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
One thing to be aware of: during the first 3-5 minutes of a class period, when all the students in the building are authenticating to the Wireless Web Portal at the same time, a slowdown may occur in loading the authentication page. This is a known issue and we are currently addressing it with Meru's engineers.
Meanwhile, here are some tips for improving your students' wireless experience:
- Firefox loads the Wireless Web Portal page faster, and times out less often than Chrome; when students experience the above scenario, have them switch to Firefox.
- When a netbook does not connect to the NTHS-STUDENT network at all, please have students delete all the locally cached wireless networks and reboot the netbook - see this video for step by step instructions
- If the same students have repeated problems, have them stop by the AAL Help Desk to have their netbooks reimaged. We've noticed that the students who have connectivity issues also tend to be the ones who make changes to the netbook's Operating System or perform other system tweaks, which in turn can render the wireless drivers unstable. Reimaging the netbook will bring it back to the District's tested and approved specs.
Monday, September 19, 2011
To complete the online form, please follow this link: http://url.d219.org/techgrant - NO PAPER SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.October 20, 2011.
All requests must be submitted by Friday, October 14, 2011 and will be decided upon at the next TCSI meeting on
Saturday, September 17, 2011
This wasn't an issue in the past but it seemed to start this year. We found that this was due to the way we had Single Sign On (SSO) setup for the faculty and the student accounts. After a few changes and some testing, this is no longer an issue. Now, if anyone shares a link to a wide open document between the two domains (teachers to students or students to teachers), the end user receiving the link will not get an error message if they are still logged into their Google Apps account.