Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chromebook Basics for Students & Parents

Here's a brief tutorial about basic procedures & practices for student use of Chromebooks in District #205 (especially students in Grades 6-12 who can take our devices home)...

Here's a similar video geared toward parents...

Student not visible in Hapara Highlights?

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Our district uses Hapara in Grades 6-12 to monitor student Chromebook use. (It is not currently available in our elementary grades) This is an optional service - teachers are not required to use it, but many choose to do so.

Hapara Highlights, which allows teachers view what kids see on-screen, works as a browser extension. We experimented with disabling a student's abilities to modify the setting, but the unexpected consequences of doing so were (1) ELLs and Foreign Language students couldn't use international keyboards, and (2) special needs students couldn’t enable accessibility features. So, that means kids can disable & re-enable Hapara Highlights at will, resulting in students having the ability to “hide” their screens from their teachers’ abilities to view remotely.

Effective use of any technology relies on teachers' strong classroom management procedures. Hapara was never designed to eliminate that need, just assist with it. However, if disabling Hapara Highlights becomes a recurring problem, I would urge you to educate students that behavioral consequences can be activated. Notify building administration as needed.

Before you do that, however, please try the following troubleshooting tips to keep kids in your classroom and continue their learning experience with as little interruption as possible.

First, have the student log in to the device and open a browser window. On the student's device and look for this icon near the top of the screen:
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If you see the icon, click it and follow the instructions on-screen.

To interpret the results, see the Highlights Student Diagnostics Check support article

If you don't see the icon, follow the following steps...
  • First, make sure the Chromebook is updated. Look for an upward-pointing arrow near the time display in the lower right corner of the screen. If you see it, click it and restart the device to update. 
  • Next, with the student logged-in, open Chrome and click the 3-dot menu, upper right corner
  • Point to More Tools and choose Extensions
  • Scroll down to find Hapara Highlights extension and check the box next to Enabled
CRITICAL FINAL STEP: Inform the student that there can be behavioral consequences it the extension is disabled again. Then, if it happens again, follow through consistently and fairly according to your administrator's instructions.

Reference: Item 2.1 on Page 2 of the Chromebook Policy that all students and/or guardians agreed to at registration: 

​"d. ... attempting​ to change the ​... ​D​istrict settings of or to the devic​e​ will subject the Student to discipline.​"​
​"​i. ​The District can and will locate, access, and modify Chromebooks remotely, even when in a Student’s possession. Modifying, disabling or attempting to disable the locator or any District​ ​software​ used for tracking or accessing a Chromebook​ ​is a violation of the Authorization for Student Internet Access and Acceptable Use of the Internet​ and grounds for disciplinary action​..."
See the District’s Chromebook Policy under the For Students or For Parents tabs on the CJHS, LMS, GHS, GHS-N, and District websites. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

End of Year Tech Procedures for D205 Teachers


District #205 Educators:

Before you check out at the end of the school year, please review the
End of Year Tech Procedures to make sure your tech tools will be ready to go next school year.
NOTE: Technology Department staff will do their best to clean the inside & outside of your teacher workstation PC over the summertime. Please clear off a space around your device so they can clean without disturbing other items.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May PD Opportunities for D205 Teachers

District #205 Teachers! Some amazing opportunities for professional learning are available for you! Not only are they all FREE, you can earn a stipend of up to $100 for attending!

Course Offerings and links to detailed descriptions: 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Revoke App Access

For Staff and Students... The recent email weirdness seems to be a bit more under control, and Google Drive seems to be back up and running again. 
Please take a moment and show your students how to (1) delete all those odd emails and empty their trash, and (2) complete the following check of app permissions: 

"I clicked on the link - now what do I do?" 

  • First, don't panic. This was a huge, Google-wide issue. It's not your fault. 
  • If you simply opened the email and saw a big blue button but didn't click on it, you're okay, but just in case, read on... 
  • If the blue button in the email was clicked, you were likely asked to give permission to something pretending to be "Google Docs" to access your account. If you did NOT allow this permission, you should be okay, but just in case, read on... 
  • Once access was granted to a user's account, this fake "Google Docs" app would then try to take over a user's GMail and Contacts, sending requests to re-share the bogus email to everyone in the user's Contacts.  

THE GOOD NEWS: You can revoke an app's access to your account at any time! This is a handy tip, even if you were unaffected today. 
  • Visit - Really... it's okay... it's safe... 
  • You'll see a list of "Apps connected to your account" like the screenshot below 
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  • Look down the list for an app called "Google Docs", click on it, and click the big blue  REMOVE  button 
    • Don't worry - the real Google Docs doesn't need this permission and won't show up on this screen 
  • Click OK when you see the "Remove Access" screen. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Publish Any Google Document to the Web

Any Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides file can be published as an interactive web document!
It is a super-simple, and if you make any changes they will be automagically updated!
This is a great tool for lots of school & classroom uses, as described in this video.

Chromebook Basics for Students & Parents

Here's a brief tutorial about basic procedures & practices for student use of Chromebooks in District #205 (especially students in G...