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CCSD21 is a school district comprised of 13 schools across 6 different communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.



School District 21 prides itself on its Professional Learning Community and its rich tradition of professional collaboration, high levels of professional development, and family-like atmosphere. If you see the opportunity to work with colleagues in making a difference in the lives of students and families in a truly diverse setting, School District 21 seeks your application.

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Posts with Tag: Chrome Archives - Modern Pen

WeVideo–Setting up a Account

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Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, School District 21 has purchased licensing from WeVideo. There are a great many benefits to this. These include: collaborative video editing, additional features (like green screens), and the ability to export more video than on free accounts. At the same time, there is a limit to how many accounts […]

Chrome App Launcher Organization

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With the deployment of Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e laptops to CCSD21 staff members, students (on their Chromebooks) and staff members all have access to the Chrome App Launcher (pictured below) across ChromeOS and Windows.   Did you know that you can organize your ChromeOS apps in whatever way you’d like–including with the use of folders?

Writing in Other Languages

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Living in a the small global community that exists in our world today requires most people to have proficiency in multiple languages and to be able to use devices across those languages. Previously, instructions have been provided regarding how to use Mac OS X in languages (Typing en Español and 1 Computer, Multiple Languages) other […]

Chrome: Your main workspace

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A number of years ago, Google launched its own web browser, Chrome, and since that time it has become the fastest browser in the world, the second most widely used browser in the world, and the only web browser (so far) that has also become its own computer operating system (ChromeOS–which runs on Chromebooks).   […]

Set Gmail in Chrome as default email

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Previously on staff laptops, Outlook 2011 was the default email client. Now, Outlook is no longer needed and is actually blocked to avoid confusion for staff members. Nevertheless, when working on the web, it is not uncommon to come across a link that will take you directly to an email. Unfortunately, unless you change Gmail […]

Too Many Tabs

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Chrome, the web browser on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, and Chrome OS, the operating system, are both incredible tools that allow the user to interact with the Web in a natural and fluid way. This is even more true when it comes to utilizing Google Apps within Chrome. In either of these cases, though, […]

Read & Write for Google

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As Chromebooks are being rolled out to 7th grade students across School District 21, students and teachers throughout School District 21 are also receiving a staged roll-out of Read & Write for Google.   Read & Write for Google is a product that supports students with reading text in the browser as well as with […]

WeVideo: Edit video in the Cloud

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WeVideo is the premier Chrome video editing suite. WeVideo videos are stored in one’s Google Drive, and the user can have up to 5 GB of WeVideo videos. To launch WeVideo the first time, it must also be connected to one’s Google Drive. WeVideo currently has free and paid services. At this time, School District […]

Lucidchart: Organize your thoughts

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Lucidchart for Education is a diagramming/flowchart app for Chrome OS that is a counterpart to apps like Inspiration, which School District 21 began using in the Late 1990s, and Visio, a Microsoft application that is used by an engineers to lay-out technical solutions, workflows, and solution-oriented processes. Lucidchart currently offers their Chrome app package free […]

Lucidpress: Make engaging documents

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Lucidpress is a publishing application for Chrome. Using Lucidpress, pre-created templates can be used to create beautiful newsletters, signs, and other publications. Lucidpress connects to your Google Drive, and all of your Lucidpress files are saved to your Google Drive. At this time, Lucidpress is free for use by schools. This may change at any […]

Each District 21 school is named after an American author, and learning and literacy is at the center of our Professional Learning Community. The Modern Pen provides a collaborative location in which District 21 teachers can come together to learn the skills that will enable their students to learn new skills and to understand concepts at an even different level than before.