Monday, September 24, 2012

WebDAV Nav

WebDAV is now available in the district!  What's WebDAV you ask? Not only is it a great way to access files from the server on an iPad, but it's the new way for you to be able to access your district servers from home!

Setting up the iPads is a little different for elementary and secondary classrooms so choose the appropriate handout below.  

All staff members (whether or not you have access to iPads) can follow the instructions on the last page of the handout to access your district server files from your home computer!

Elementary Setup Instructions:

Secondary Setup Instructions:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Safari Montage for Students

Safari Montage has been activated for student use!

Middle and high school students will log in with their network login.
Elementary students will log in with the campus student network login.

Use the PERMANENT LINKS button to create a link to your playlist or individual video that can be shared with students via your web site or QR code, etc. Be sure to tell your students how to log in to Safari Montage as you may be the first teacher using it with students.

If you uploaded the video to Safari Montage, you must SHARE it before any other users can access it.

Students can't upload videos to Safari Montage.
Students only have access to the GCISD channel and their campus channel, not all the cable channels teachers can access.

Monday, September 10, 2012

25 PC Troubleshooting Tips

Not sure what to do if your keyboard stops working? What if your mouse freezes? What should you check if you cannot hear any sound from your computer? Not sure where you saved a much needed file?

Here is a list of the 25 most common computer problems that both students and teachers can troubleshoot.

Go ahead and print the list out! Maybe even hang it up near your student computers. Before long, you'll no longer be a novice at basic troubleshooting your PC! 

Friday, September 7, 2012

GCISD Wireless Speed

Wireless Speed

We are very fortunate in GCISD to have the ability to take an electronic device like an iPad or a laptop, go to any GCISD campus, the Administration building or the Professional Development Center and connect seamlessly to our wireless network.

There are however, times when you may find yourself waiting for an extended period of time to download an app or a file. If so, no matter where you are (at home or school), you can check the wireless speed.

If you are at home or in a GCISD building:
Download and use the following app on your iPhone or iPad: Mobile Speed Test

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mac Tips

Mac Tips

New to the Mac environment?  No problem!  Refer to the list below for some helpful hints on transitioning to the mac world!

How do I right click?
Place two fingers on the track pad while you click

How do I take a screenshot?
Hold down the Command and Shift keys and press 4, The cursor becomes a crosshairs.  Click and drag the crosshairs to select the portion of the display you’d like to capture.  The screenshot file can be found on the desktop.

How do I exit (QUIT for Mac users) an Application?
Press the Command key and the Q key on the keyboard simultaneously

Help - My scroll bars are missing!
Turn on Scroll Bars Permanently
From the Apple menu, go to System Preferences, select General, and choose Show Scroll Bars Always

Why isn't my desktop showing on my projected screen?
Mirroring needs to be turned on.  Here's how:

  1. Connect the MacBook to the projector by using the video cable and video adapter
  2. Use the Source Search or Input feature on the projector
  3. If the computer icons do not appear on the projected screen, complete the following steps:
    • From the Apple menu, select System Preferences
    • Click the Displays icon
    • Under the Arrangement tab, click the Mirror Displays checkbox in the lower, left corner
      The resolution will automatically change to meet the projector’s requirements
    • Select Quit System Preferences from the System Preferences menu
Did you know?

While watching a video, press the spacebar to pause and/or play the video

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Copy - Command/C
Cut - Command/X
Paste - Command/V
Print - Command/P
Quit - Command/Q

Take a few minutes (6 or so!) and view Apple's "Basics" video (written for those transitioning from the Windows environment):

Other Apple Resources:
Macbook Air Quickstart
Macbook Air Manual

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