Category Archives: How-To Guides

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, 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: 

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: 

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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Alert: Google Fake Share Update

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

Google Calendar: Viewing ICCSD Facilities (Room) Calendars

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.  

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Using Outlook to Access & Manage Your Google Calendar(s)

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.  

Viewing Others’ Calendars Within Google Calendar

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.  

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Creating Events and Meeting Invites Using Google Calendar

The video below walks you through the process of creating calendar events and meeting invitations using Google Calendar.  Step-by-step instructions are available below the video.  

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