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Issue 6 - 10/19/18

IT Periodic-ally - Issue 6 - October 19, 2018
This week's Tech Tips:
- Turn on the NEW Beta Students App in Instruction (click here to see how to turn on inside Campus Instruction 
- What information does Apple have on you?

- Avery Mail Merge Extension for Chromebooks - Create a maill merge between a Google Doc and a Google Sheet. FREE
- Tech tip from Mark Lyons at McKinley - Some of you have asked if there is a way for students to use voice to text with their Chromebooks.  Yes, there are two easy ways.  I've included a short tutorial on how to use these built-in tools.  All Chromebook have a built-in microphone.  NOTE- I would recommend that only students who have official accommodations use these features.  For other students, it is like using a calculator on a math test. Too easy.
Click on link below to watch short videoVoice to Text Video Tutorial
Do you have a tech tip you want to share? Please email it to Elizabeth Gamache 
 Trish entered our contest and all she had to do is read our IT Weekly and Tech Tips. Trish won a wireless RF Key Finder Locator with LED Flashlight, Christmas Gift Gadgets Electronic Gifts for Men, Women, Kids, Teens - Black. Read Tech tips and our IT Weekly for a chance to win future prizes.
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News and Updates:
Buck The System (BTS) Schedule - We will be at Lincoln/McKinley- October 24th.  When will we be at your building?
Infinite Campus News and Updates: 
      Keep up to date on news for our district's Infinite Campus:
- Connecting with Teachers Survey - Check out the Teachers on Campus Blog! In the most recent entry, Cathy Fredrick, User Insights Advocate at Infinite Campus, would love to connect with teachers attending professional conferences this year to talk about current concerns and challenges. If you would like to share your opinion, we'd love to hear from you! Please fill out the survey to share which conferences you'll be attending so Cathy can schedule some meet ups. Check out the blog and survey here: Read More
- Turn on the NEW Beta Students App in Instruction (click here to see how to turn on inside Campus Instruction 
The Students app allows teachers to efficiently view and modify data for specific students within their classes. Students can be easily searched for and once selected, all tools within the app are specific to that student's records. 
What are we working on?
  • Shaun: Catching up after going on vacation, E-rate Filings, Student Accounts Script Programming,  Wireless configurations
  • Mike: Here is my mission for the next couple of weeks: "I will be fully committed to generally disseminate technically sound best practices such that we may all continue to seamlessly fashion best-of-breed ideas to exceed public and school board expectations."
  • Kristen: Kristen does not work.
  • Elizabeth: End of Year Report times, October Count stuff... more fun times, work orders. Setting up my new laptop (no more working around the gazillion problems with my current laptop...HOORAY! :)
  • Hunter:  Imaging, software upgrades, Chromebook configurations.
  • Daniel: Working on finalizing the details of our Kajeet mobile hot spots. They should be delivered and ready for use in the next week or so
  • Roger, Chase, Rachel & Christina: We have been working on projectors, chrome-cast devices, WiFi connectivity, and Chromebook features with staff this week. 

Who knows.... there might be a nice reward for ya.
Have a great weekend!
IT Department