Friday, December 16, 2016

Mercury Reader

Most online articles are filled with so many random and unrelated pictures that it can be hard to find the right information. Mercury Reader is a chrome extension that allows you to get rid of these annoying images. It gives you a way to easily read any article. Doing research for your projects with this extension enabled makes focusing on your work a breeze. You can also choose to change the font and the text size. This makes it great for personalizing any article to your liking.
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By Tom McDonagh

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Last Pass

Have you ever forgotten your password for your email or any other website that requires a login? If so LastPass is the chrome extension for you. It allows you to save all of your passwords in one easy to reach place. Even though you could go through the process of resetting your password, it is an inconvenience that is easily avoided with LastPass. It is easily installed from the google chrome store and lets you create a new password for each website with only having to remember your LastPass password.
Learn More By Tom McDonagh

Friday, December 2, 2016

New WiFi changes coming for 2017

Over Winter Break, District 219 will be upgrading the wireless network. What this means to you:
  • Current settings on Chromebooks, phones and other devices will not work when you return from Winter Break.
  • You will receive an email from “Aerohive” on December 28th, 2016 with instructions on how to connect to the new WiFi using a unique private access key. This access key will enable you to connect up to two devices at any given time. Do not delete the email!
  • The email will look like this:
  • The NTHS-CLASS-20XX network you connected to will be gone and all students will connect to NTHS-STUDENT.
  • For students that did not get their access key via email and/or having issues using the key, there will be a temporary WiFi (NTHS-STUDENT-TEMPORARY) that will allow them internet access without the use of your access key for the first two weeks while their issues are getting resolved.
  • If a student believes someone else got a hold of his/her key, the Student Help Desk can reset and re-issue the Key, as needed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What we do at the Student Help Desk

Here is a quick video explaining the Student Help Desk process

By Pouriya Soltani

Inwin 303 Mid-tower PC chassis - PC Builder Delight

If you’re an avid PC builder like me, I would recommend a case like this.   Not only is reasonably priced, it comes with tempered glass on the side. The case has a good build quality and GPU support brackets to prevent GPU sag with illuminating front IO panel.

The case is fabricated using SECC, a steel that has been electrogalvanized and coiled rolled into the side panels. The tempered glass is 3mm thick. The case features 3 SSD mounts in the front chamber (behind the glass). The case also has support for a 360 mm radiator on top exhausting air, a 120 mm case fan mount in the back and 36 0mm fan mount on the bottom, but a two 120 mm fans or a 240mm radiator would be optimal because with 3 fans or a 360 rad would interfere with some cables on the motherboard.

*Courtesy of Hardware Canucks

Jimmy Tran

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tiny Scanner: Turn Your iPhone or Android Phone into a Mobile Scanner

Have you ever needed to scan something at home, but you don’t have a scanner? Have you ever been frustrated with the scanner software on your computer at home if you do have one? Enter Tiny Scanner, an app for your iOS or Android phone that lets you take a picture of your document(s) and turn it into a PDF that you can send to Evernote, Dropbox, or Google Drive. With this app, you don’t have to freak out over the fact that you don’t have a scanner at home, there’s an app for that.

Check out the link here if you’re interested:
App Store
Google Play

Franklin Moy

Monday, October 10, 2016

Google Pixel Phone Review

Recently, Google has partnered up with HTC and launched their new phone brand, the Pixel and Pixel XL. Google plans on discontinuing their previous Nexus brand, and although the Nexus was cheaper, the Pixel has much more features. Here are the specifications and hardware for the Pixel and Pixel XL:
Google Pixel
  • Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • Display: 5in 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core 2.1GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB or 128GB
  • MicroSD: Up To 256GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Software: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Battery: 2770mAh Quick Charge
  • Colours: Silver, Black
Google Pixel XL
  • Dimensions: 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm
  • Weight: 168g
  • Display: 5.5in 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core 2.1GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB or 128GB internal
  • MicroSD: None
  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Software: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Battery: 3450mAh Quick Charge
  • Colours: Silver, Black

One of the main points of speculation is the overall design. A fingerprint scanner has been strategically placed on the back of the phone, where it and the camera is surrounded by a piece of glass. The bottom half of the phone is cool metal to provide a nice feel for the grip. There is a bit of controversy about the glass finish, since it looks a bit like plastic. Some people love it, others don’t care for it. The power and volume buttons are located nicely on the right side of the phone while the nano SIM tray is on the left. For those who were upset about the lack of the headphone jack on the new iPhone 7, the Google Pixel has one, although the choice to place it on top of the phone may not have been the best decision.

The screen display is clear and in full HD. The Google Pixel already supports Daydream, Google’s new virtual reality platform, but some critics claim that the Pixel isn’t ideal for the software due to the display resolution. The experience won’t be terrible, but it’s optimal to use the Pixel XL, as the larger screen will give the consumer a more immersive view.

Just like how Apple has Siri and Windows has Cortana, the Google Pixel includes your very own Google Assistant. It’s designed to conform to its owner- it’s contextually aware to what the person is viewing on the screen, their location, and is able to follow a conversation and listen to complex commands. This feature can be accessed by either saying a ‘hot word’, which by default is “Okay Google”, or you can press and hold the home button.

Another feature Google is promoting is the battery life and camera. Its power pack is bigger than the iPhone 7, but smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the HTC 10. Nevertheless, charging for fifteen minutes and getting seven hours of usage in return is a pretty nice deal and should be able to last you a day without having to recharge. The 12.3MP rear camera was best rated according to a DxO result. The camera includes HDR+, which helps in low light settings by brightening up shadowed areas and reducing blurring.

Overall, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL seems like a pretty good phone. The phone comes in Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue. It is a bit pricey, however, starting at $649 for the Pixel and $769 for the Pixel XL, so it’s up to the consumer to decide whether it’s worth the price or not. Google is going to have a lot of tough competition, seeing as it’s releasing around the same time as the iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, and the HTC 10, but let’s hope for the best.
(Full Articles can be found at techradar and knowyourmobile)

Tina Intarapanont

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Haiku Deck: A Google Presentation Alternative

We’ve all had to make a presentation for some class and had a huge scare on how to get a 100 on “creativity” in the grading rubric. If you have a presentation to work on, but don’t want to use Prezi, and you don’t know how to make it seem stylish, check out Haiku Deck! It works a lot like Google Slides, but there are a lot more themes, fonts, and styles to make your presentation seem great. It is also easier to use and change certain things, such as format. However, you cannot edit a Haiku Deck presentation in real-time with other people, and you need a Pro account to add a video from YouTube.

But if you still want to check it out and try it, click here:


Franklin Moy
Tech Leader

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Graduates or Transfer Students.. Please Read

Students that are graduating or transferring out of school have a few requirements before they leave. 

Seniors and/or 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 "View PDF." Press this button and a PDF page will appear for you to print or save from your browser. You may want to download your grade reports or other documents from the ILP.
  • 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 JUST one more year after graduation.   During that time please move your emails, Drive docs, calendar, etc to another account by following these instructions.
  • If you are using your account on any third party sites or services (ie dropbox, pandora, twitter etc), please change or update them.  You can click here to see what apps you are connected to with your account to change that as well.
Transfer Students:
  • Follow the steps above as well except that you MUST RETURN any device given to you to the Student Help Desk before your transfer papers are signed.  Niles Township retains ownership of devices and only gifted to students of District 219 at the time of graduation.  Device must be returned in working condition with the charger.  Any damages or missing equipment will be assessed a repair or replacement fee according to the following list: Repair/Replacement Costs

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I-Care Form in the ILP

In your Campus Portal, you have access to your ILP, where you can find the I-Care link. .   The I-Care form allows you to submit services hours accumulated during and after school,and on/off campus.  Here is a quick video describing the process of submitting your volunteer hours.

By Tech Leader 
Raj Gandhi

Friday, April 15, 2016

Google Drawing

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Google offers many online free applications for use.  Google drawing is one many apps students can use. Google drawing allows you to make diagrams and any drawing you wish to make for work, school, or personal entertainment. While you are working in Google docs, you can add a drawing to your document if you want to add visualizes or diagrams.

Drawing has many controls and things to use. For example some would be: Arrows, Lines, Shapes, etc. Also drawing allows you add text boxes and wordart. It can be used for many things and is a easy program that syncs with your google account and can be used anywhere!

By Zunair Muhammad

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Strict Workflow: Stop Side-Tracking While Doing Homework

All high schoolers are all guilty of distracting themselves with social media, YouTube, Netflix, and other online entertainment or social websites while in the middle of doing their homework. I myself am guilty of doing this. Spending hours upon hours of doing things that are not related to my homework tears through valuable time that I could use to either sleep, or even finish my homework so I can get it over with! But have no fear, there is a Google Chrome extension that lets you focus on your work, and give you a small break time that you can use to look at your other stuff.

This Chrome extension is named Strict Workflow. It allows you to set up a timer dedicated to finishing your work and a timer dedicated to time that you want to spend on a break before going back to work. It is very simple to set up, and hopefully it will help you study for school!

Check out Strict Workflow here:

By Franklin Moy

My Study Life: “Organize your classes, tasks and exams & never forget a lecture or assignment again.”

My Study Life is an application for iOS and Android phones, Chromebooks, and Windows devices that helps you organize your homework, exams, and lots more. My Study Life can help you keep track of all of your assignments, tests, and other reminders about your classes. You can even track the entire school calendar and see if a day is a school day, holiday, break, or even a teacher institute day! My Study Life isn’t just a to-do list. It is optimized for students in high school and college and has a lot of features tailored for those students who want to keep themselves organized. My Study Life can also remind you to do an assignment or even talk to your counselor while you go about your day. There are plenty of other features that can help you through your time in high school, and even when you start to prepare for college.

My Study Life also synchronizes what you put into it with all of your other devices, like your iOS, Android, Chromebook, and Windows devices, so that you can keep track of school whenever, wherever.

If you would like to learn more about My Study Life, go here:

Chrome App Here:

Download it for Windows Here:

To download it on iPhone and iPad, search for My Study Life on the App Store.
To download it on your Android phone, search for My Study Life on Google Play.

By Franklin Moy

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


It is a chrome extension that allows you to record your screen or take a picture of your screen. Snagit allows you to make small little edits like adding circles or squares, and even text boxes on the screen to display a more precise explanations. You can highlight an important part of the video, etc. Snagit is available to use when your device is offline, so no internet is required to take pictures or record a video, though there is more options to record/take a picture of when you are online. Because it is an extension and requires no download process, it is very simple to use.

Try it from the Chrome webstore:

By Andrew Dragon

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MalMath step by step solver

If you are an android user, then the Student Help Desk found a perfect app for students in math classes. MalMath is a problem solving app that explains the steps it took to solve the problem. MalMath can compute all kinds of problems, from solving linear equations to integrals. If a problem can be solved with multiple methods, MalMath gives you the option to see all of them. In addition, you can save tough problems for future reference and practice new skills with the problem generator. Both the calculator and graphing interfaces are simple and pleasing to the eye. Best of all there’s no “premium” version; you’ll be getting every feature for free!

By Christopher Scheithauer