Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Is Your Chromebook Enrolled?

If you haven't enrolled your Chromebook yet, please stop by the Student Help Desk.  It only takes 5 minutes to have your Chromebook setup on the network.  
Once configured, your Chromebook will automatically connect to the District’s Wifi. 
A Wifi network key for ONE personal device connected to NTHS-GUEST wifi will be sent to your email.
The network key is CASE-sensitive. Enter exactly as shown and remember NOT to use it for your Chromebook. 
Here is a link to the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Enrollment process.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Tech Learning Live 2018 Conference

On Friday May 11, Niles North student Tech Leaders senior Tina Intarapanont and senior Raj Gandhi participated in the Tech Learning Live 2018 conference at the Hyatt Regency in Rosemont, IL. They were part of a panel that included Administrators and Staff from District 219, District 121, and District 117, titled Empowering The Student Help Desk.

Tina is a senior who originally started out as a Video Tech Leader helping record and edit various events at the school.  She began working at the Student Help Desk towards the end of her Sophomore year.  She has currently achieved over 140 hours of service to the program. Her main focus is repairing Chromebooks, billing for repairs, and using her customer service skills to run the student help desk.

Raj used to come to the help desk all the time with his sister, who was a tech leader. We hired him the second semester of freshman year because he was interested in learning more about the Chromebooks. He has played many roles during his time in the program. He can repair a Chromebook, troubleshoot software problems, understands our database, and has created videos that are still used by a few departments for training of new students. With over 250 hours of experience, he can easily run a help desk thanks to his time here in the program.

We hope they have great success in their future endeavors!

Using tablet to control a programmable
drone which can also be converted into boat.  
Tech and Learning was hosted at the
Hyatt Regency in Rosemont

Raj and Tina both presented and listening to
other students and coordinators talk about
their 1:1 programs. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time to tidy up your network drives

There are just a few weeks left in this school year and it is that time of the year where we ask you to clean up your J drive and remove old files. Delete what you do not need, organize what you decide to keep and move your personal stuff to the cloud or to a USB stick. The V drive content is deleted each year to make space for new video projects. Start copying those files to another storage location, like your Google Drive.

We highly recommend using your Google Drive to store all your academic files. Students have unlimited storage and it allows you access to your files anywhere, anytime.

Seniors and other graduating students you will have access to your files and emails for one more year after graduation. If you move your files to Google Drive, you easily transfer ownership to your personal gmail account. Click here for more info.

Stop by the Student Help Desk if you need help.

Tech Leader Tidbit: What is a QR Code?

Monday, April 9, 2018

Acceptable Use of District Computers and Electronic Networks

We just want to remind students that part of being a good Digital Citizen is abiding by the computer use policies of the district.  

The Acceptable Use Policy and many others will be found in your Student Hand Book.

Here is a common sense approach to the policy:

  • You are at school.  The purpose of using and accessing the school’s networks and computers should be related to your education. For example, online gaming that is not related to school or classes should be done off campus on your personal time. 

  • Using the school network is a privilege, not a right.  Your access can be denied at anytime by school administration.  

  • The District owns all the equipment, which includes your Chromebooks.  There is no right to privacy on any of the technology provided by D219.   Thus, if you have personal data that you deem private, it should not be on district owned equipment or networks.

You may ask why are there so many rules just to use the computers at school.

Computer use is like getting a driver's license.  Rules are created to keep everyone safe and in their own lanes.  When students start downloading games or watching personal movies online at school, you begin to congest the highway and create roadblocks for other students and staff from reaching their educational goals.

When you download a large file and play it on the network,  it essentially backs up everyone else’s network traffic behind you until the file completes or you disconnect from the online game.   

As a good Digital Citizen, being respectful online is just as important as being a good driver!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

G Suite Training

There is a new G Suite Training app that allows you to learn while using the app.  You can either go to their video library as pictured on the above, or just click on the Training icon in your G Suite app you are using. 
It brings training links throughout your app.  Here is a Google Doc example:

It displays a small window with instructions that you can read and listen to as well. It pops up arrows instructing you where you need to click, and video instructions will display depending on the section of the tutorial.  It is a very powerful learning tool.