Tuesday, November 26, 2013

25 Tips and Tools to Make Google Drive better

25 tips and tools to make Google Drive better

This is a great overview of some important services for your Google Drive. We haven't tested each of them on every format, but we already see items in here that we're going to start using today! Have a look!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

AAL News, November 12, 2013

Go ahead and start on the SoundCloud underneath this Google Presentation, and then work your way through the slides. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How To Add An App To A Chromebook

These short how-to videos by Google are really useful for people who want to learn more about their Chromebooks.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Editing A Photo On A Chromebook

We just found out about this great video series on Chromebooks, and we're going to pass it along. This shows you the very basics of editing a photo on a Chromebook.

Of course, there's a ton more you can do with online image editors like Pixlr.com  or Fotoflexer, but basic image editing, the Chromebook is actually pretty good.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Using Your Insurance Policy

Tech Leader Suha explains how to use your insurance policy when your device is damaged.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Connecting The Geogebra App To Your Google Drive

Hi guys--- here's a little tip about Geogebra. 

Has your teacher sent you a Geogebra file? Are you trying to open it on a Chromebook? It turns out that there's a step you have to take before you'll be able to interact with the file. 

This video shows you how to connect Geogebra to your Drive.. It's easy!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cloud Printing At School

As a lot of you have figured out, Google Cloud Printing is here! You can now print from your Chromebook or netbook (Using Google Chrome) to a number of printers around campus. We've already published detailed instructions, so check them out.

In short, Cloud Printing works on these printers, although this list is sometimes subject to change.

Remember, you never need to plug anything in, so don't stand there with your Chromebook or netbook wondering which port to use. And also remember that this is something of a "beta" technology; Google is improving all the time, and it won't always work perfectly. Just like anything else.

If you're working from a netbook, and you're not using Google Chrome, only then will you have to connect your netbook to a printer via the USB cord.

Can you set up Google Cloud Print at home? It depends---- the instructions are pretty clear, but you have to be able to figure them out! Google Cloud Printing requires either a "Cloud Ready Printer," or a printer that is already attached to an internet-connected computer that is running Google Chrome.

If Cloud Printing doesn't seem to be working for you, stop by the Help Desk.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Installing the Wolfram CDF Player in Ubuntu

It turns out that there's a Wolfram product for our calculus classes, and students are interested in using it on their netbooks. While netbooks aren't really designed for this type of thing,  you can indeed install it and run it successfully on your Ubuntu netbook.

It's the Wolfram CDF Player, and Mr. Fahrenbacher, one of our great teachers here at Niles West,  has taught us the Linux terminal code to install it. It's actually pretty easy.

Instructions are below, as well as a live-action video of Tech Leader Michael installing the program.


1. Download the file (597 MB) to the downloads folder (or copy it there from a flash drive). You download the file here. You'll have to fill in a couple of blanks, and then start the download.

2. Open up Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T).

3.Type “cd Downloads” (without the quotes). Press Enter.

4. *Then type “ls” (again without the quotes).* *Actually, this step is optional, but it will tell you if the file is in the Downloads folder. It's good to know. Press Enter.

5. Type “sudo sh CDF” (no quotes) After you type CDF hit the Tab key (it auto completes the file name). Press Enter.

6. Enter your password and hit Enter.

7. Wait for it to extract and then press Enter when it asks for an installation directory.

8. Wait for the progress bar to finish. (Looks like [*********]). (Asterisks are indicating progress). This process will take a couple minutes. Then Press Enter.

9. The program is now installed! You can use it.

10. For example, click on any of the Wolfram Demonstration Projects here. Then, go ahead and click on Interact With This Demonstration, then click on "continue downloading," and it will download. When you get a dialogue box, choose "Save File."

11. Locate the file in your downloads, then double click on it. Wait for it to load (it takes a few mins). Then click open recent and find your file (double click).

12. It works! Now use it for the actual demonstrations your teacher wants you to use.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Using Templates In Google Drive

Did you know there are all kinds of apps you can add to your Google Drive? Here, I show you how to add templates to your Drive.

Templates are really, really useful, because you can save time by using them. If you need to create a resume, a cover letter, or any other kind of document imaginable, use a template!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Common Problem: Red Haze on Screen

Does your netbook have a red haze on the screen? We can fix that! Bring it in.

This problem is quite common; we've seen it on Dell 1012's and 1018's. So far, the Asus netbooks haven't started showing red haze, but it's probably just a matter of time.

The most important thing to remember is to take care of warranty-covered problems while your netbook is still under warranty.

If you're a junior, your warranty is expiring in May, so bring in those netbooks if they're acting up.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Common Problem: Missing Battery Clip

Hi guys,

One thing that we've seen since the start of the netbook program is that Dell 1012's occasionally lose their battery clips.

This is a problem covered under the extended warranty, and it's worth getting repaired. Just know that the Dell 1012's (the Juniors' netbooks) are near the end of their extended warranties. In fact, almost all of them will expire in May of this year.

If you're having problems with your 1012, you definitely want to bring it in now, before the extended warranty expires.


Drop by the Help Desk.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Common Problem: Damaged Keyboard

Tech Leader Sunny shows how we handle a fairly common problem at the Help Desk. Students often come in complaining that their keyboard does not function. In some cases, the keyboard has simply malfunctioned and the replacement is covered under the warranty.

In other cases, like the one below, the keyboard has been neglected or abused. In these cases, the cost of the replacement keyboard is paid by the student.

Whenever there's a problem with the keyboard, we also test the netbook's motherboard because sometimes what looks like a keyboard problem is actually a much more serious motherboard issue.

Remember, juniors, your netbooks are going off their extended warranty in May---- if you think you have warranty-covered problems with your netbook, bring it in now so that we can get the repair covered under the warranty!

And don't forget to buy the accidental damage and theft insurance.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Common Problem: Damaged AC Adapter

Hi guys---

We're back on the blog with a new series called "Common Problems."

The goal is to show people (in 60 seconds or less)  the most common netbook problems and how they are resolved when you come into the Help Desk.

Today we look at one scenario where someone's AC adapter has simply stopped working. This happens all the time for a variety of reasons.  In today's video, Tech Leader Willie figures out the problem.

Lots of good tips on properly wrapping up your AC adapter here.

Look for two of these videos per week for the rest of the year!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Adding An RSS Feed To Your Blog

Since so many people are starting blogs, we thought we'd show you how to add an RSS feed onto your Blogger blog.

There are a few different ways to do this, but the way we've used in the video here is the easiest.

Friday, February 1, 2013

We Have Two Camera Winners!

Thank you to everyone who helped us on the netbook survey. Your responses will help us plan for next year and beyond. As promised, we chose two participants at random to win a 5.0 megapixal camera.

If you're interested in knowing who won the cameras, go ahead and click here.