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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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:
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 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope that you enjoy and benefit from this resource!
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.
Continue reading Add a Preview Pane in Gmail
Yesterday, Google Drive was subject to a phishing attack that sent fake messages with a Google Doc link, with a subject line telling you that a file had been shared with you. This was a worldwide event (not just ICCSD), and you can read about this issue here, here, and here.
What should you do?
While there is no evidence that this scheme allowed attackers to steal passwords, we are recommending that if you clicked the shared doc link in one of these spam emails, you change your password as a precautionary measure. Since our ICCSD Google passwords are synchronized with our network passwords, you’ll need to change your network password. You can do this by pressing Control-Alt-Delete at the same time, and clicking “Change a Password”. You’ll need to enter your old (current) password, and then enter your new password two times. Within a few hours (at the most), your new network password will be synchronized to Google, and will become your Google password as well. Continue reading Alert: Google Fake Share Update
This video shows you how to add and view facilities calendars that have been created for scheduling of ICCSD rooms and facilities within Google Calendar. For step-by-step instructions, look below the video.
Continue reading Google Calendar: Viewing ICCSD Facilities (Room) Calendars
The video below shows you how you can use Outlook to access and manage your ICCSD Google Calendar(s). As you’ll see, you can create and manage events, as well as view shared Google calendars using Outlook.
Important: Prior to having the access shown in the video below, you’ll need to run the tool that will connect Outlook to your ICCSD Google account; click here for instructions.
The video below walks through the process of adding others’ calendars so that you can view them through Google Calendar. This is useful for those who are scheduling meetings, as it will allow you to see availability for other staff members. At the end of the video, it also shows you the basic process for sharing your calendar publicly or with somebody outside the district. Step-by-step instructions are written below the video.
Continue reading Viewing Others’ Calendars Within Google Calendar