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.