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Aug 11
IT Tips and Tricks - 8/10/17

Tip #1 - Make a call with wifi calling
With Wi-Fi Calling, you can place a phone call if you have a Wi-Fi connection in an area with little or no cellular coverage, i.e. a school building! Here are the directions to set up wifi calling for an iPhone or an Android.
Important note: Not all Wi-Fi networks work with Wi-Fi Calling.

Tip #2 - Clearing browser history (Tip by Kay Davidson, Chemistry teacher and 1:Web TOSA @ Broomfield)
Another tool for fixing CB related issues- Check out Kay's brief blog and screencast for this high leverage fix!

May 19
IT Tips and Tricks - 5/19/17

Tip #1 - WeVideo
Trying to provide more hands-on & creative assignments and projects for your students? Do you like to create screencasts of lessons for your students to access outside of class? WeVideo is a cloud-based, Chromebook compatible, easy-to-use collaborative video editing program that works on any device. It is available in BVSD for grades 2-12.

Tip #2 - Excellent Resource for App Recommendations
Looking for great app recommendations with thorough testing and reviews to back them up? The Sweet Setup is the site for you!

May 12
IT Tips and Tricks - 5/12/17

Tip #1 - Internet Librarian
Gigantic resource gives quick, easy access to tens of thousands of websites on everything from health to sports news to product reviews to free Internet ad blockers.

Tip #2 - BrainPop
Brainpop instituted a change on May 1st that discontinued the BVSD district generic password and username for access to BrainPop. Check out this page to access the NEW password specific for your school. (You will need to login to access the spreadsheet.) 

May 05
IT Tips and Tricks - 5/5/17

Tip #1 - Master List of Google Expeditions for Google Cardboard
This spreadsheet contains an updated list of all available Google Expeditions for use with Google Cardboard, as well as lesson plans when available.

Tip #2 - Innovate@BVSD
Looking for two-days of amazing IT Tips & Tricks? Join us at Innovate@BVSD--a two-day event on June 7th & 8th focused on learning, furniture, tools and ideas for you to use in the classroom and beyond! Featuring keynote speakers, BVSD educators sharing insight and energy around innovative teaching and learning and more! Sign up in MyPassport (code: 16666) and share this event with fellow educators!

Apr 28
IT Tips and Tricks - 4/28/17

Tip #1 - Google Fusion Tables
Who doesn’t want to get more out of the data they’re working with? Google Fusion Tables gives you new ways to gather and look at your data, including merging it with other sources and easily sharing for seamless collaboration.


Tip #2 - EquatIO
If you love Google Read and Write from Text Help, then prepare to be amazed by the math version EquatIO! EquatIO is our newest Chrome Extension that enables students and teachers to type, dictate, or handwrite any mathematical expression quickly and easily into Google Docs and Google Forms. Check out this video for a demo and Eric Curts' blog for a more indepth review. 

Apr 21
IT Tips and Tricks - 4/21/17

Tip #1 - Timely information
Holiday calendars...calendars for past, present, and future years...countdowns to specific dates...sunrise/sunset/moonrise/moonset calculators...time zones...etc  

Tip #2 - Google Earth for Chrome!
Google Earth relaunched this week as a web-based service specifically designed for Google Chrome (so, yes, it is now available on Chromebooks!) Some important features to note: New site lets people get a close-up look of the planet from  their computers, smartphones or tablets
New-look Google Earth enables its users to take guided tours of iconic sites and far-flung corners of the globe. There is also a newly installed 'Feeling Lucky?' feature to let users see 3D views of the world's hidden gems. The new Google Earth is available now on Chrome or on Android. It will arrive on iOS devices later this year

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Apr 14
IT Tips and Tricks - 4/14/17

Tip #1 - Free word games
Crosswords, jumbles, naming games, Scrabble Sprint, vocabulary quizzes and more.

Tip #2 - Library Extension
Find books at your public library as you browse the internet for those books.

Apr 07
IT Tips and Tricks - 4/7/17

Tip #1 - Math problems solved
Find out how compound interest, convert between metric and US measurement systems, add fractions, calculate areas, etc…  

Tip #2 - Closed Captioning Videos in BVSD
As our students and staff continue to create video content published online, we want to remind all of us of the importance of closed captioning. See the information provided by Shannon Numair, BVSD Compliance Specialist, on when video content should have closed captions available as well as resources to complete these tasks. You can find more resources at this site

Mar 24
IT Tips and Tricks - 3/24/17

Tip #1 - Most Accurate Weather Sites and Apps
Best for quick summary: Yahoo Weather
Best all around: AccuWeather
Best for local accuracy across the US: WeatherUnderground
Best for up-to-the minute forecasts around precipitation at your precise location: Dark Sky

Tip #2 - Google Keep now part of G Suite for Education
Google Keep is a note-taking app that is now part of G Suite for Education. Along with its addition to G Suite, it now integrated into Google Docs. You can drag and drop notes directly from Keep into your docs.

Mar 17
IT Tips and Tricks - 3/17/17

Tip #1 - FieldTripper

Who doesn’t enjoy the odd field trip? This app serves up location-based information to you as you move around a new (or old!) city with tidbits of information about your surroundings. Expect everything from what old movies were filmed to architecture factoids.


Tip #2 - Chromebooks and testing
IT has the following recommendations to prepare your Chromebooks for student testing

  1. Restart student chromebooks daily

  2. Make sure that chromebooks are set to charge nightly

  3. Update Your Chromebook

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