Monday, October 13, 2014

Connect to Correct Network!

Remember that each grade level has their own wireless network. Students use their credentials to log in. All students should be connected to one of the following networks:

If you are a...
You will connect to...

Learn the correct way to connect to the networks above

Please Do Not Use NTHS-GUEST or any other network outside of the ones listed above.  These networks are created for specific users with bandwidth limitations and should not be used.

If there are connectivity problems on a chromebook, click here to learn some simple steps to solve them.

You can always stop by the Student Help Desk if problems persist.

Project Tomorrow | Speak Up

Students Speak Up – Your ideas are important to us!

Open October 6th – December 19th, 2014

Your opinions matter to us!   We are participating in the online survey Speak Up, so that we can learn more about how you are using technology in class and for homework. We’d also like to know more about how you are using technology to learn and how you would like your teachers to use technology class.

The online survey is open to students, educators (including future educators) and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved.   

The survey will be open until December 19th, to take the survey visit:    

The District's Password is nths219

D219 Certified Digital Literate


Congratulations to those students that are D219 Certified Digital Literate!

Not sure if you earned your badge?

Do you need help finishing the program? We have multiple resources to help you.

  • Talk with your Study Hall Supervisor
  • Stop by and see one of the Student Help Desk Supervisors
    • Mr. Sihweil @ North Room 1500
    • Mr. Phillips@ West Room 2150
  • Talk with a Tech Leader. All of them have gone through the program and understand how to navigate the program. You will find them at the Student Help Desk throughout the day.

Easy Way To Make A Great Flyer

Need a Flyer?  Check out

Create high quality flyers for events.  You can download basic flyers for free. Easy to use site with many templates like the picture here.  Your teachers can set up classroom accounts for free with no ads. Students projects are never made public.

The flyer brings up a good point.  It is never too late to buy insurance.  While buying hundreds of dollars worth of candy for the holidays are great, we recommend forgoing some chocolate and buying insurance.  Better value.  Learn More

By Reema Gandhi

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Use Infinite Campus On Your Smartphone

Don't forget, you download the Infinite Campus app onto your smartphone. It's an easy, convenient way to access your school data. Here's how.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Anywhere, Anytime Learning News For September 2014

1. Everyone should buy the optional accident insurance. It pays for itself with one cracked screen! The odds are you're going to need a repair to your Chromebook/netbook eventually, so get the insurance now. Purchase it here. Learn more about it here.

    Sophomores especially! You need to check with the company to renew your policy if it has expired. It is up to you to know when your policy expires; if you don't know, then call the insurance company and find out. 800-620-3307

2. Connect your Chromebook/netbook to the correct network! Those of you still using the STUDENT network need to move over to the correct network because the STUDENT network is going away. There's more to it than simply clicking on the correct network name; you have to connect using a specific method.

     Here is how you connect using a Chromebook. 

     Here is how you connect using a netbook.

3. If you are using a netbook, come in for an update! We'll be happy to update your browsers or your entire operating system if necessary. Your netbook will love our updates, so bring it in. One of the benefits of getting an update is that Cloud Printing is easier. Yes, you can Cloud Print with a netbook. Get yours updated today!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Buying Insurance For Your Chromebook?


Buy the optional insurance right away, and set a reminder date on your calendar to renew it in a year. If you need to know your serial number for the insurance, it's on the bottom of the sticker.

We can also tell you your serial number at the Help Desk.

The Help Desk is in room 2150 at West.
The Help Desk is in room 1500 at North.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Time To Buy Insurance For Your Device!

It's a great idea to think about your insurance coverage right before summer starts. It's smart to have insurance; you never know when your Chromebook or netbook is going to slip out of your hand. Cracked screens are quite common; plan ahead to cover the expenses you're likely to have down the road.

It's easy to buy the insurance. Here's Suha:

In the video, Suha has chosen a $250.00 policy, which is based on the current value of a Chromebook. She has also selected a $0.00 deductible because it's an excellent value, but families will have to decide for themselves which policy makes the most sense.

For your convenience, here's a link to the insurance portal.

Remember to read your policy, keep it handy, and note the expiration date. You'll want to renew when your policy term is up.  And just as important-- learn how to use your policy when it comes time to make a claim. We've got a tutorial for that process here.

Questions about insurance? Don't hesitate to contact the Help Desk.

North: 847-626-2201                     West: 847-626-2721

Note: This web portal allows District 219 families to purchase insurance with our group discount. There's no need to click on the "promo code" button; the promotional discount is already applied to your purchase.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fourth Quarter Reminders For All Students

For Seniors and Early Graduates
  • After you graduate, you will no longer have access to your school's ILP account. So, to prepare for your departure, please note:
    • If you'd like to save any information in your Individual Learning Plan, each page has a button at the bottom titled "Print PDF Form." Press this button and a PDF page will appear for you to print or save from your browser.
  • Laptops given to students as part of the Anywhere, Anytime Learning programs are yours to keep when you graduate, which are the Dell, Asus Netbooks, or Samsung Chromebooks.
  • All other equipment borrowed must be returned, such as Cameras, Headsets, etc... to appropriate departments. 
  • You will have access to your Email and Google Docs for one year after graduation.  We recommend moving your information to another personal account such as Gmail. 
Read more here. 

For Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

Buy the optional insurance and pay attention to your policy's expiration date. It is never too late to insure your device; we recommend that everyone do so. Learn all about insurance here.  To buy insurance online, go here.  

Take the Atomic Learning Digital Literacy Assessment. You can learn about the assessment here. If you want some ideas for improving your digital literacy score, watch this

For Everyone

Return all borrowed equipment.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Evernote: A Comprehensive Tool For Students and Teachers

If you are not familiar with Evernote, then you are missing out on one of the great web 2.0 products to organize your notes. While Evernote seems to be used for personal note keeping, teachers are using it to support learning.  Below are 10 Interesting Ways to use Evernote to Support Learning:

As always, please stop Student Help Desk if you need assistance.

2150 @ West    1500 @ North

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What A Great, Simple Tip For The Chromebook

We didn't know about the three-finger tab-switching. Now we can't stop tab-switching. It's fun; it's easy. Give it a try.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Searching Gmail Just Got Better

Gmail has a helpful new upgrade: you're now able to search your email by filtering out the size of attachments. So, if you've got dozens of emails about a topic, and several of them have attachments, and you know you want a particular attachment, you can guess at the file size of the attachment, and then search.

You'll find over time, when you have thousands of emails, that this feature will help you locate information that you need to find. Try it out. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Printing PDFs From Google Docs

Students have noticed that sometimes documents print out at school completely black, with a page full of black toner, rather than the page they were expecting.

This happens only on desktop computers, not on Chromebooks or netbooks. And the problem occurs when you're trying to print a PDF that has been uploaded to Google Docs.

Tech Leader Suha walks you through the solution below. It's pretty simple: all you need to do is download the PDF to your J-Drive, then open the document from the J-Drive, and then print it.

Spread the word--- the printers really aren't designed to print all-black pages of toner

 We made this video on a desktop computer using Screencast-O-Matic. Then we recorded the audio track using Audacity. Then we edited the whole thing using WeVideo on a Chromebook.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Embedding Youtube Videos With Specific Start-Stop Times

Do you need to embed Youtube video so that just a section of it plays, rather than the whole thing? Tech Leader Suha walks you through it.

Here's the code, in case you missed it:

For starting at a certain time:   ?start=120  (120 is an example. It refers to a number of seconds.)

For starting and stopping at
a certain time:                           ?start-120&;end=130  (again, the numbers are examples.)

This technique works on blogs and Google sites, and very likely all websites. It's a nice way of highlighting the relevant section of a long video, while still respecting the copyright and creative integrity of the video's designer.

Please note: this method works today, but it may not work in the future because Youtube is always evolving. You may know of another way to do the same thing; if so, we'd love to hear about it.

Monday, March 10, 2014

You Can Edit PDFs On Your Chromebook and Netbook

Have you ever wanted to type directly on a PDF? Well, you can. In this short video, Tech Leader Suha walks you through PDF Escape, available in the Chrome Web Store.

Suha filmed this on a Chromebook using Chromecastify. She then edited the footage in WeVideo, and then used Audacity to record her voice-over, which was then uploaded and inserted into the video timeline.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lots Of Professionally Photographed Free Images Available

For those of you trying to blog responsibly, there's a new image source available. Getty Images has made thousands of its royalty-free stock images available for embedding at no cost. 

Getty is a commercial image/video source; professionals use it to purchase images for websites and catalogs and brochures. If you're designing something that's going to be published on the web, you have to be ethical about using other people's creative work.

So, for example, if I want an image of a puppy, and I want to make sure I'm using it ethically, I could go to Getty Images and grab the embed code, like so:

What you're getting there is a professionally photographed image, embedded in a legal, ethical way. Getty is probably letting bloggers use this service to increase awareness of the huge stock of images that they have for sale.

This is only available for embedding on noncommercial sites, so if your site is generating revenue from ads, it's not for you.

Friday, February 28, 2014

30 Seconds At The Help Desk: Replacing A WiFi Chip

And now, the first episode in our new series 30 Seconds At The Help Desk.

Tech Leaders specialize in different areas at the Help Desk. TL Kevin is a technician; he's trained to open machines and repair components. Here he talks about how he handles a netbook with a persistent wifi problem.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Screencasting On Your Chromebook

Up until now, screencasting on a Chromebook has been tricky; the only way to do it was through a Google Hangout on the Air.

In the video below, Tech Leader Suha walks you through a new way to screencast on your Chromebook. But there's more!

You'll notice that Suha is screencasting a Google Presentation in this video. What she's showing you is that you can actually create embedded presentations with narration using nothing but a Chromebook now. It's pretty easy. Next time you're asked to make a photo story or give a presentation, you've got what you need on your Chromebook.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Using Your Chromebook Offline

Yes, your Chromebook works offline. You can create or edit Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Drawings offline, and you can also work with your email messages. Here's TL Suha, explaining how to set up your Chromebook for offline usage.

Google's support page for offline Google Docs is here. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Great Resource For FAFSA Instructions!

Did you know that there's an awesome tutorial series on the FAFSA process inside your Atomic Learning account? If you're applying to colleges, or if you're going to start that process next year, it's a good idea to understand FAFSA as completely as you can. This tutorial is a great start.

Just click on the link below to access the tutorial. You'll have to log in with your NTHS account. 

If you have more questions about the form, sit down with the staff at the college resource center for help.

North@1255 West@1120


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Using Email Groups and Google Groups

If you're working with a club, team,  or a long-term project group, you really need to learn about Google email groups. They're easy to set up, and they make communications so much easier. Using email groups is really a basic 21st Century skill, so you might as well learn it now.

If your group needs a more versatile space to communicate and collaborate, then learn about Google Groups. Google groups give you a webpage to log into and see topics and replies, but they also give you a lot more than that. If you're running a group, and you need to keep everyone in the loop on information, and you also need to assign tasks to various individuals, then you should definitely investigate Google Groups.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Check Out Your Digital Literacy Scores In The ILP

Starting with the Class of 2017, students have a new tool in their ILP's that will help them demonstrate their digital literacy skills. Tech Leader Purva explains below. If you're a freshman and you haven't checked out the information in your ILP, check it out!

Go ahead and look in your ILP for your scores on the Digital Literacy Assessment, and then learn more on the AAL Help Desk website.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Saving Files On Computers At School

Here's the much-requested explanation on how to download files on the school desktop computers. This video doesn't apply to Chromebooks or netbooks, only to the networked desktop computers in the computer labs, classrooms, IRC, and various other places around the building.

As Tech Leaders, we're asked a lot of questions about Chromebooks and netbooks, but one of the questions we get most comes from the computer lab: "Where is my file? I downloaded it!"

Well, here's your answer. Tech Leader Suha will walk you through it.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Use Awesome Screenshot On Your Chromebook

One of the most useful things you can learn how to do is to take a quick screenshot, edit it, and use it in documents, blog posts, websites, presentations, etc. There are lots of ways to do this; here's one that we use on Chromebooks all the time.

Awesome Screenshot is in the Chrome Web Store and works on any computer running Google Chrome, not just on Chromebooks. Try it out!

The above video was created on a Chromebook, using Google Hangouts On The Air and WeVideo.

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Value of Insurance

Did you know that you can buy the optional insurance at any time? It's easy, and it's smart. Tech Leader Kevin walks you through the process below.

You can buy laptop insurance from anyone you choose, but the company we recommend is Worth Avenue Group; the specific page referred to in the above video is here.

If you're interested in making video, the above piece was produced on a Chromebook using WeVideo, available in the Chrome Webstore. We imported some clips from a FlipCam, as well as a screencapture (using Screencast-O-Matic on a Windows machine), and compiled it all on the Chromebook.

Give it a try!