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Dec 08
IT Tips and Tricks - 12/8/17

Tip #1 - Language learning
Free beginning and advanced lessons are available in French, German, Irish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages at (also available for Android and iPhones).

Tip #2 - Grant information
Looking for funding to make your innovative ideas come true? Check out our grants website to explore the kinds of grants that are available to you!

Dec 01
IT Tips and Tricks - 12/1/17

Tip #1 - Boomerang for Gmail
Schedule emails, pause your inbox, or send reminders to yourself with this useful Gmail app!

Tip #2 - Tame your Google Drive!
Can't find something in your Google Drive? Try different ways of filtering your searches, such as by file type or the name of the person who sent it to you, or try sorting it differently to see your files alphabetically or by date modified.

Nov 17
IT Tips and Tricks - 11/17/18

Tip #1 - Google Photos in Google Drive
Trying to insert images from Google Photos into another Google app? Make it easier by creating a dedicated Google Photos folder in your drive so you can work with them like other Drive files - find out how here!

Tip #2 - Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts
Do you find yourself trying to remember those helpful Chromebook keyboard shortcuts? Try pressing control-alt-? on your Chromebook to get an easy-to-see menu of all of the available shortcuts!

Nov 08
IT Tips and Tricks 11/3/17

Tip #1 - BVSD Service Desk Updates
Did you know? The IT Service Desk has:

  • Extended service hours: Now available from 7:00-4:30, M-F

  • 3 ways to submit IT requests- Submit a Ticket, use Live chat, or call xHELP (4357)

  • Self help articles available when you are submitting a ticket- just start typing your problem and watch the help articles appear

  • A searchable knowledge base in Google Drive

Click the video above for more on basic troubleshooting, filter issues, and more!

Tip #2 - Change Speeds in YouTube!
Ever wanted to watch a video, but feeling short on time? Speed up the video by clicking on the settings gear in the video player and changing to 1.5 or even 2x speed! You can also watch it more slowly, down to .25 speed if needed.

Oct 27
IT Tips and Tricks - 10/27/17

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Tip #1 - Simplify Your Google Calendar with the Event Merge Extension
When using Google Calendar, you may have one event on multiple calendars which can clutter up your calendar and make it hard to read. This extension merges all of those separate events into one visually-appealing event by giving it stripes with all the individual calendars' colors.

Tip #2 - Assign Google Drive Files From Within Schoology!
The Google Drive Assignments App enables instructors to assign Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Slideshows, and Drawings from directly within the Schoology platform. Once assigned, students can make their own copies of the content to work on and submit, and the instructor can then provide feedback and grade the assignment, all without leaving Schoology.

Oct 19
IT Tips and Tricks - 10/20/17

Tip #1 - Creative and fun ways to use Google Slides, from Control Alt Achieve
Build a Jack-O-Lantern with Google Slides
Build a Snowman with Google Slides

Tip #2 - High Quality Science Infographics
Tabletop Whale offers beautiful, detailed science infographics that could nicely complement upper level science classes.

Oct 13
Tips and Tricks - 10/13/17

Tip #1 - Online timers
Set the alarm to go off after a certain number of seconds, minutes or longer intervals. Help students take ownership of their learning by pacing themselves with focus times & short breaks!

Tip #2 - Edit PDFs with Kami!
Kami is a great option for editing PDF documents and more. Works with Google Drive and Google Classroom!

Oct 06
IT Tips and Tricks - 10/6/17

Tip #1 - Google Public Data Explorer
Google Public Data Explorer graphs a variety of public information that you can tweak for greater detail.

Tip #2 - Plickers
Looking for a way to quickly assess student learning? Remember the old days of "clickers"? Well, now there is Plickers! Watch to learn more about it here.

Sep 15
IT Tips and Tricks - 9/15/17

Tip #1 - Does your inbox often seem overwhelming?
Google allows you to choose which inbox will work  most effectively. In addition, identifies subscription emails, then neatly lists them for users, and also gives the option to unsubscribe.

Tip #2 - Google Docs Version History (formerly Revision History) - Thanks to Jack Ganse

You now have the ability to give names to specific versions of a document. Instead of having Version History be one giant list of dates and times and changes,  you can now name certain versions of the file. When it is time to turn in the first rough draft, that version can be named “Rough Draft” in the Version History. Here’s how!

Sep 08
Tips and Tricks - 9/8/17

Tip #1 - PaperCut is now available to you This new feature allows you to print from any device to any large Ricoh printer in the district.  All you need to do is walk up to the printer, after adding your document to the PaperCut print queue, enter your employee ID and click print. For more information, watch this helpful video or view these instructions.

Tip #2 - VizLab for Educators online training course
The VizLab for Educators online training course is now available! This course provides an overview of data literacy, using data in your work, and basic navigation in VizLab. Upon successful completion of the course you will be granted access to VizLab to see your students' data. Get more information and instructions to sign up for the course at!

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