Category Archives: How-To Guides

Maximizing Internet/Network Performance

While we’ve taken many steps to expand our network access and performance over the past few months, the reality is that all networks face hard limits in terms of the amount of data that can be moved at once.  

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Setting Up the Canvas Parent Portal App

The Canvas Parent Portal App (available on iOS and Android) allows parents to follow their child(ren)’s Canvas courses.  In order to get started, check out the video and/or written instructions below. 

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How-To: Enable or Disable Presenter View in PowerPoint

With new computers and wireless projection throughout the district, we have more staff who are interested in concepts such as extending your display so that your projector shows different content than your laptop screen.  A more specific request that has come up a handful of times has been how to disable presenter view in PowerPoint, which makes use of both screens when using it in extended display mode.  

You can enable or disable presenter view by clicking on the “Slide Show” tab in PowerPoint, and then toggling the “Use Presenter View” checkbox (see below).  With presenter view off, your computer will show you the same content that is on the projector while presenting with PowerPoint with mirrored displays, and will default to the presentation appearing on your projector only when using extended desktop.  

Canvas: Manually Adding Users to Canvas Courses

Teachers should be able to add anybody with an ICCSD Google account (including paraeducators) to their courses following the process outlined here

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Wireless Projection and Extending Your Display

One of the features of our upgraded classroom suites in the Iowa City Schools is the ability to connect teacher laptops to the room’s projector wirelessly, providing wireless video projection as well as wireless control of the projector’s interactive functionality.  The video and instructions below walk through the processes of connecting wirelessly to a projector, turning on interactive functionality, and choosing whether to duplicate your laptop screen (the same thing appears on the laptop and the projector) or extend your laptop screen (so you can have different things on the respective displays).  

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ICCSD Launches Virtual Application Service

To support our secondary 1:1 Chromebook initiative, the Iowa City Schools have launched our Citrix virtual application service, which allows students and teachers to run Windows software on a Chromebook.  

For detailed information, check out our Virtual Applications page, and for instructions for accessing the system at https://apps.iowacityschools.org, check out the video below: 

 

Getting Started with 1:1

On August 23rd, ICCSD began issuing 1:1 Chromebooks (laptops with Chrome OS) to each student in our high schools.  As we get started with this program, please check out our 1:1 Information page, which includes a program overview, policies, content filtering information, privacy information, and other useful information for students, parents/guardians, and teachers.  

ICCSD Canvas Resource Pages

ICCSD teachers learning about Canvas should check out the following resources: 

Additional resources will be added to the Canvas Resource page listed above as they become available.  

Google Read & Write Teacher Signup

One of the most well-reviewed services that we’ve implemented in recent years in the Iowa City Schools is Read&Write for Google Chrome, which is designed to improve the accessibility of web resources.  While we have pushed this service out to all students using their ICCSD Google accounts, the service’s publisher – Texthelp – requires that teachers sign up in order to receive premium access.  

This service is available to all district teachers; ICCSD teachers can sign up at this link: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/free-for-teachers/ 

You’ll need to enter your ICCSD email address as your email address, and can enter the following information for the district administrator section: 

School/District Admin Name: Justin Miller
School/District Admin Email: miller.justin@iowacityschools.org 

I hope that you enjoy and benefit from this resource!

Add a Preview Pane in Gmail

Those of you who have been used to Microsoft Outlook may miss the ability to preview emails without having to fully open them.  This short video shows a simple process (~ 1 minute to complete) to add a preview pane to your Gmail web interface.  For step-by-step instructions, look below the video.  

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