Monday, November 30, 2015

Slader App Makes Checking Math Work Easy

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Have you ever gotten homework from the back of a textbook? I know I have, and i’m sure that we have all been there before. This app will help you check your math homework when you don’t have answers to look at. When you download this app, all you have to do is scan the barcode of your calculus book for example and then get the whole book and the answers to the textbook questions. This app is universal to most textbooks.

https://www.slader.com/


By Mahir Delic *Class 2016





Brainscape App

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This app takes the pain out of making Flashcards by serving them up on a touchscreen. But more than a mere paper replacement, Brainscape uses its timing to users’ learning needs. The app is free, but you can purchase pre-made sets of flashcards to help learn things like foreign language vocabulary or world geography. Expand your knowledge and share with family and friends with the sharing feature so they can exercise their brain too! Brainscape is available for free on iOS.


By Mahir Delic * Class 2016

Friday, November 20, 2015

Lucidchart Diagrams: Diagrams Made Easy



Has your teacher ever wanted your class to make a diagram as a homework assignment, but you can’t find a program that makes it look good? Enter Lucidchart Diagrams, which makes creating things like flowcharts and venn diagrams easy, and fast.

Lucidchart works a lot like Google Drive, where you can share your chart with other people and work on it together at the same time. You can sort out your charts using folders, too. There are several templates available in Lucidchart, such as venn diagrams, flowcharts, circuit diagrams, and tons more!


So if your teacher ever wants you to make a diagram of some sort as an assignment, then give Lucidchart a shot!

Try it out here, or learn more about it at: www.lucidchart.com

By Franklin Moy, Class of 2019

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Campus Portal App

Attention all students who are interested in updates in their grades as soon as their teachers input them! Do you always have to open up your chromebook and log into campus portal? Do you think it's annoying how you can only log in through a computer? Well, not to worry! IOS and Android both have the Campus portal app to download and use and your pleasure. Never be worried about not having a computer in front of you when you want to check your grades. With this app, you can always be up to date with all of your grades and be on top of things at school. This app helps you monitor your grades, attendance, lunch balance, and much more! Download now to be one of the many proactive students in our school! #GOWOLVES
By
Shebin Chacko
Tech Leader
Class 2018

Google Plus, A Great Way to Keep up with your Classes

Google Plus is a google based social media site. This can be accessed through your school account. This app can be very useful in keeping up with teachers and fellow students. Google Plus lets you sort your friends and contacts by the relation you have with them. These groups are called circles. For example, you could name a circle “Family”, in this circle you could add your dad, mom, brother, sister, etc. In Google Plus you could even get reminders about assignments, clubs, and competitions.

Google Plus mimics the functions of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but in a more school based and user friendly environment. School districts all over the country have started using Google Plus for class notifications instead of emails. All smartphones have the Google Plus app available for download. This lets you access it from your phone anywhere in the world. A lot of kids ignore their emails and do not even look at it. With Google Plus kids will stay connected to the classroom outside of school and can view it through their phones.


Zunair Muhammad
Tech Leader
Class of 2017

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pushbullet - A must-have app for people with more than one device

Pushbullet is an amazing tool. Out of its many uses, the one I find most interesting is sending links. Once the app is installed on all of your devices, sending links between them is as easy as pressing 2 buttons. On phones and tablets, share the link to the Pushbullet app, and select a device to push it to. On your desktop or laptop, press the Pushbullet icon in the top right corner, and choose a device from there. This is extremely handy when something comes up, and you must leave your computer. Without this app, you would have to spend quite a bit of time searching for the same webpage on your phone, but Pushbullet saves you time and effort, as pushing a link will open it nearly instantly on your other device. If you were viewing a link on your phone, and for whatever reason you want to see it on a larger screen (useful for videos), you can send it to your computer quickly.

Pushbullet has several other features, including sending text messages from any device. If, for example, your phone is far away and you receive a text message, you are able to send one from the device you’re using (even if it doesn’t have a SIM card). The previous feature is especially handy when combined with another one of Pushbullet’s features: seeing your phone’s notifications on all other devices. If you have an Android phone, you are also able to interact with the notifications, e.g. snoozing an alarm or archiving an email. The final useful feature is sharing images or other files without the need of a cable. If you don’t have a photo editing app on your phone, you can push the image to your computer, edit it there, and push it back to your phone, ready to share to social media. If your friends have Pushbullet installed, you can push links, share images, and more to not only your own device, but to theirs as well. This could be useful for sharing things with family members faster than using text messages.

http://www.pushbullet.com


By
Mariusz Symków

Tech Leader

WeVideo - Easy to use Video Editor for Chromebooks


WeVideo is a video editor app in the chrome store. It is free and is a less advanced version of iMovie. In high school, students usually need to edit videos or pictures for projects. Using WeVideo is an excellent option to accomplish those tasks on your Chromebook. This app offers the option to add sounds, pictures, and other creative options. Growing up in middle school, we were offered iMovie for our video projects and it helped; it taught us the basics of video editing and design. WeVideo has the same functions and it’s FREE! WeVideo challenges students in different ways making them stronger at the end of the project. This app is based off of your Google Drive account and will let you choose files from there.

When you download the app, it gives you the option to select your skill in video editing and sets it up it based off of that. If your computer has a working microphone and camera, you can use that to add more media along with other files. Music is amazingly easy on this app letting you choose which sounds you want to make primary and which ones you want to be faded in the background. Chrome apps are built in order to be accessed using your Google account and ease of use. WeVideo does exactly that, making it exciting and fun to make videos!

Zunair Muhammad
Tech Leader
Class of 2017

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wunderlist: A To-do list and Reminders App


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Have you ever wanted an app that lets you write down your homework and sync it across all of your devices? Or did you even want to share a list of movies to watch with your friends, and cross off some of those awesome movies from your bucket list? You can do just those things, and quite a bit more, with the Wunderlist app for Windows, iOS, Android, Mac, and even your Chromebook! Wunderlist is just like what its name says, it’s a to-do list app, but with a twist that makes it better than some other to-do list apps. That twist is sharing lists with friends. When a list is shared, the collaborators can add items to the list and add comments. You can also view your list through most of your devices, such as your smartphone, computer, and even your Chromebook! This app is already loaded on the Chromebooks given to the Class of 2019, and a free, quick download from the Chrome Web Store will put the app into your Chromebook if you don’t have it. To launch it, press the key with the magnifying glass on your keyboard and search for “Wunderlist” until you see the app icon, and click it. The app is also available on the App Store, Google Play Store, and Windows Store.
Would you like to learn more about Wunderlist?
Visit their website at: www.wunderlist.com


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By
Franklin Moy
Tech Leader
Class of 2019

Monday, November 16, 2015

News in Virtual Reality

The New York Times takes a step into virtual reality. Great app if you want to experience virtual reality, but you do not have the money to buy the fancy equipment, like the oculus rift, or the hololens. All you need is cellphone! This is a great app that offers a full 360 degree video viewing experience. There are two modes, one mode is just using your cellphone in cellphone mode, the second mode is where you use a Cardboard viewer that you can buy. The Nyt Vr app is available on Google Play and on the Apple App Store.


NYT VR is a mobile app that can be used — along with your headphones and optionally a cardboard viewing device — to simulate richly immersive scenes from across the globe.

More of the article here


The best experience with this app is with
  • noise canceling headphones
  • office chair, (or any chair that moves)

Some problems with this app is:
  • Video warping

Overall I love this app, even though they're minor errors I still like it. I believe that this is the future of news, this is a unique concept where more people would be engaged with the content.   

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By
Jimmy Tran
Tech Leader

Setup Gmail on Android Phone

Learn how to setup your school gmail account on your Android phone. 

 


Need more help!
Stop by the Student Help Desk
Room 1015 @ North
Room 2150 @ West


By Tech Leader
Mariusz Symkow
Class of 2018



myHomework





Have you ever gotten home and had no clue what your homework was? Well, now with the myHomework app on IOS, you can write down all of your tests, quizzes, homework assignments, projects, and much more! You can set each one of these assignments by class, priority, or type. This app is extremely helpful for those people who want to be more organized and succeed in your high school career. I recommend you download this app to keep yourself organized and be less worried about what you have to do when you get home.







Need more help!
Stop by the Student Help Desk
Room 1015 @ North
Room 2150 @ West

By Shebin Chacko
Tech Leader
Class 2018

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Google Drive App


The Google Drive app is a mobile application available on all phones and tablets. It is an easy and convenient way for people to access their documents on their phones or tablets, if their computers are not available. This application is a very good source for students all over the world because it allows them to keep up with their studies all the time almost anywhere. Google Drive lets you access: Documents,Slides,and Spreadsheet. This app is free to download and easy to use. It has almost the same functions as Microsoft Office.

Google Drive also lets you print via wifi from your phones. Printing is a very important source for students, and with Google Drive it is easy and more efficient. I always print from my phone using the app. Printing at the last second is really easy with this app because all you have to do is print and then go pick it up. The average teen uses his or her phone 6-9 hours a day. In that 6-9 hours with the Google Drive teens can work on their school stuff along with social media.

Zunair Muhammad
Tech Leader
Class of 2017

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Voice Typing

Google has a great new tool built into Google Docs now, Voice Typing!
It is a great addition for those that are starting to devleop Carpal Tunnel from all that typing.




Monday, October 5, 2015

Buy Insurance



You can purchase insurance at any time. Chromebook repair prices change based on supplies. Having insurance shields you from the price increase.



Remember, the insurance company not only covers the Chromebook, but they can purchase policies for their other electronic devices, such as phones, tablets, calculators, etc…



Learn More & Apply

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

10 Coolest Google Tricks

Here are some useful tricks to help you with your daily homework or research paper.



If you have any questions, please stop by the Student Help Desk.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Teach Yourself Anything with Atomic Learning




Atomic Learning is a powerful resources for students and staff.
Log in and follow along:  Atomic Learning

Please stop by the Student Help Desk if you are having problems logging into Atomic Learning.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

**** IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL STUDENTS**** All students' emails have changed to nilesk12.org


Please use www.nilesk12.org to log in to your Email and Google Drive.
CHROMEBOOKS-

You will NOT be able to log in to your NTHS219 account that you have been using for your Chromebook.
Use the '+Add User' button to sign in to your new @nilesk12.org email address.  

Be sure to use @nilesk12.org at the end of your username when signing in.

How to Delete your old NTHS219 account and ADD your new NilesK12.org account on Android and iOS Devices


Android -


iOS Removing Old Email from GMAIL App -


Adding New Email to GMAIL App-


iOS Remove/ADD Account from Mail, Calendar





Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Changing Email Addresses to @nilesK12.org on June 1st, 2015

**** IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL STUDENTS****

As noted in the Technology News Letter, all students emails will change to @nilesk12.org as of June 1st, 2015.  Only your Email and Google Drive files will be transferred to your new accounts. If you want to keep your books, contacts, calendar events, youtube videos you uploaded, or any other Google service...please follow the steps in this presentation.



As always, please stop by the student help desk if you have any questions. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Apps to help you get ready for the ACT exam

While the ACT is a challenging exam, the Tech Leaders found a few apps that will help you improve your scores and make studying for it a little bit easier.















Good Luck!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Stop Gmail from clipping messages

Have you ever noticed this message in gmail:


You are probably seeing it now in your gmail as you view this Newsletter.  Since gmail is supposed to be a lightning quick email system, clipping messages allows your email to load faster.  Clicking on the link will take you to the full view.    If you want to remove this feature, then you need this App:


Once installed in Chrome, or your Chromebook, you will see this icon in your address bar ;
    It will automatically remove any clipped emails.   Try it and enjoy your full newsletter. 



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ICE Conference in St. Charles

Niles North Tech Leaders Alec and Reema , along with Niles West Tech Leader Areian spent Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the ICE Conference in St. Charles.

After volunteering at the NICE mini conference in January, the students wanted to experience the larger event. They spent some time by volunteering and learning in the Makers Space area. Enjoyed experimenting with the wide variety of educational toys and helped demonstrate how to use them to the various teachers stopping by the room.

A major highlight was talking to Sylvia from http://sylviashow.com. A junior high student whose maker-centric YouTube channel has over 800,000 subscribers and fans that include President Obama and Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame.


Picture with Sylvia

Using an App to controlled ball called  Sphero at Makers Space




Learning electronic circuits with easy connectors

Reema answering teacher questions about what
they learned with the electronic boards



Webcam Recording on Chromebook

Looking for an application to record an interview or record a procedure during class?  Then look no further than your Chromebook!  You can record that science experiment using your Chromebook and then edit it later.

One of the cooler apps we used was Stupeflix.  Capture video with your webcam, add some pictures, and title pages.  You can even make duplicate copies of clips and cut them as needed.  Create a short video in minutes and share it!   Be aware, that every video created is published publicly.  To make them private, publish them to your YouTube account.  From there, you can change the video listing as private.  You can then go back to your Stupeflix account and delete the videos.

Shared by TL Raj G.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

We have School on Presidents Day

Don't forget that we have school this Monday, February 16th, Presidents Day. 




While we are talking about Presidents, learn more about the process of becoming a successor to the Founding Fathers.

"Now you can run for president … in your classroom or at home! iCivics has just launched [its] newest game: Win the White House. Learn the ins and outs of the electoral process as you take on the role of a presidential candidate."

There are even lesson plans for teachers.  

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Work your brain out with Math Mahjong

After Basic Mathjong, you will graduate to Chinese Fan Mathjong, which will require more concentration. The Diamond Mine deals with nine stacks of tiles and a few single tiles sprinkled over the board. Infinity Mathjong has more tiles stacked so the mystery of what number comes up next is even greater.

















Check it out on the chrome webstore: Math-Mahjong

Create Your Own Website Using Wix.com

While we still love using Google sites, Wix also displays an easy, innovated way to create webpages. Need to promote an event or raise awareness for a campaign? What better way to do so then by using wix.com. It has a variety of templates for different events. Below is an example of a site I created for IndoPak.  Check it out!





By Reema Gandhi
Tech Leader