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New Staff Laptops–FAQs

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We’ve received a number of questions from staff members with regards to the new staff laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e. We’ve compiled them into this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)–and answers! How will I know my computer from others? Like the previous MacBooks, and like other large organizations that deploy devices, all staff […]

Organizing Your Google Drive

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As staff members move to the new Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e staff laptops, the only way to safely store and back-up files is in Google Drive. There, in addition to Google’s server infrastructure, School District 21 also has three additional services providing back-up and security for both our productivity as a school district as well […]

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga-Trackpad Settings

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 In addition to the great touchscreen on the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e, when you are using the computer in regular “laptop” mode, you will want to consider customizing your trackpad settings to best meet your needs and preferences. First, be aware that by default, the Yoga 11e is set-up with a “two-button mouse”. The picture […]

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga-Connecting to WiFi

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The first time that you are on a new network with your Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e, it should find available wireless networks and ask you to connect, entering a password if necessary. Staff members who already have their laptops have had no issue with this. Nevertheless, listed below are directions for how one might connect […]

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga-Setting Up a Home Printer

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Setting up a home printer on the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e staff laptops running Windows 8.1 has proven to be incredibly easy when tested on both wired and wireless printers–even older models. It is important to note that there is wide variance in printer models and the drivers that are used on computers to actually […]

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?

Windows Updates

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Like our students with their Chromebooks, staff members are responsible for completing updates on their staff laptops when those updates are available. Updates on Windows staff laptops will prepare themselves in the background and will finish processing on either a shut down or a restart as pictured below. Typically, this is also how a staff […]

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 […]

Command & Control-Keyboard Shortcuts

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For those staff members who use keyboard shortcuts frequently, the move from Mac OS X to Windows 8.1 may present the simple challenge of changing muscle memory. Rest assured that beyond that, your most frequently used keyboard shortcuts will easily transfer from one staff laptop to the next. On the Mac, the “Command” key was […]

Google Drive: 2 Ways to Navigate

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Nearly all of the time that School District 21 staff members interact with their Google Drive, they do so in the Chrome browser. This is the best way to use Google Drive and will work for nearly everyone, nearly all of the time. Additionally, during the laptop set-up process, all staff configured Google Drive in […]

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.