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Posts with Tag: Staff Laptop Archives - Page 2 of 3 - Modern Pen

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 […]

Windows 8-Adding School Printers

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By default, all staff laptops will automatically receive all of the major printers for the school to which the computer and staff member are assigned. Nevertheless, there are times that a staff member will need to individually and specifically add another school printer to her or his computer. These times include: Working at multiple schools […]

Taking Screenshots in Windows 8.1

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There are a variety of reasons why staff members need to take “pictures” of all or part of the screen on their laptop computers. Important on-screen items that staff members might take screenshots of include: a graph in Inform to be included in a year-end team summary or a student’s IEP a screenshot to illustrate […]

Staff Laptops: An update

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UPDATED (26 June 2014)-While additional details about the specific device and timeframe and steps that staff members need to take in order to prepare will still be forthcoming, the move to new devices for staff members will begin following the start of the school year–around October 1st.   Currently, nearly all certified School District 21 […]

New Tools for Staff

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Notice the touch screen? Great possibilities for learning & assessment!   Long, early process Beginning last fall, School District 21 worked with vendors to identify a wide range of potential devices to replace the current staff laptops, which have successfully completed their planned four-year lifespan and are ready to be replaced. With over 20 models […]

New Staff Laptops–Files in Google Drive

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The key element in this transition is that, at this point, all staff members should have moved their files to Google Drive and should be working in Chrome for everything from email and chat to word processing and spreadsheets. Moving forward, as determined by the staff committee during the 2012-2013 school year, staff laptops will […]

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