Tech Tips & Guides

DRC INSIGHT APP Change (iPad CDT and Keystone Testing APP)

DRC made a change in their server systems that changed the CCHS ORG code that needs to be typed into the DRC INSIGHT APP. You need to assign a new org code in your App.

  • Open the App, and assign the iPad with the following CCSD-HS ORG code: 1411154069

If you open the DRC INSIGHT APP and receive an error message, follow the procedure below.

1.  Delete the DRC INSIGHT App from their iPads.
2.  Re-install the DRC INSIGHT App from the Bluejay App Catalog (if they don't see it listed, it will be under UPDATES).
3.  Open the App, and assign the iPad with the following CCSD-HS ORG code: 1411154069


MacBook Pro Battery Life: Best Practices

1. Turn Off Bluetooth. To turn Bluetooth off:

  • Click the Bluetooth icon in the upper right-hand corner of the desktop.
  • Select Turn Bluetooth Off. The icon should now be grayed out.

If you don’t see the icon

  • Click on the Apple icon in the top left of the screen > System Preferences > Bluetooth.
  • Select the 'Turn Bluetooth Off' button.

2. Adjust Screen Brightness, turn off backlight on your keyboard.

  • Using the F1 and F2 keys, turn the brightness all the way down to the lowest setting.  Then, take it back up until the brightness is at a comfortable setting.  The idea is to get it below 50%.
  • Use the F5 and F5 keys to turn down the backlight on the keyboard.

3. Modify Energy Saver preferences.

Changing these settings will cause your Mac to power down energy-consuming components—such as the screen and the hard drive—sooner during periods of inactivity.

  • Click on the Apple icon in the top left of the screen > System Preferences > Energy Saver. Select the Battery tab.
  • Move the slider bars for Computer Sleep and Display Sleep as far left as you believe is comfortable. You probably don’t want your computer going to sleep after just one minute but don’t want to leave it on indefinitely either.
  • Below, select the following checkboxes:
    • Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible.
    • Slightly dim the display when using this power source.
    • Automatically reduce brightness before display goes to sleep. 

4. Eject CDs/DVDs if you’re not using them. Disconnect unused USB peripherals.

5. Turn off notifications

  • Click on the Apple icon in the top left of the screen > System Preferences > Notifications.
    Make sure that 'Do Not Disturb' is selected on the left. Then select the 'Turn on Do Not Disturb in Notification Center' ICON, on the right. That will display the notification center. Select 'ON' for 'Do Not Disturb'.

6. Close unneeded Applications

  • Any App on your Dock that has a dot under the icon is “open”.  These App use memory and battery.  Right-click on any unneeded open App and select Quit.

7. Turn off icon preview

  • Right-click on your Desktop and select 'Show View Options'.  In the menu, uncheck the 'Show Icon Preview'.

8. Use Safari as your default browser

  • Safari is optimized by Apple to use the least amount of power possible. Unless you have a specific need to use another browser, Safari will offer you longer battery life.

PDF - MacBook Pro Battery Life: Best Practices or how to use your MacBook Pro longer while running on the battery


CCHS Student Printing Procedure

Posted by John Monick at 10/22/2015
The High School recognizes that students might need to print, on paper, a documnet or letter. Below is the HS student printing procedure.
 
Students will email ONE print job (one page document or multiple page document), to any High School teacher that has you enrolled in their class.
The email subject must contain the students full name.
The attached document must be a PDF file (PDF file format only)
The print job will not exceed 20 pages.
If the received email does not confirm to the procedure above it will be returned and not printed.
 
The authorizing teacher will FORWARD that students email to “HSPRINT” (hsprint@ccsd.cc).
The student’s name and PDF attachment will automatically be part of the FORWARDED email to HSPRINT.
The teacher and student will receive an email notification when the submitted print job has been printed and is ready to be picked up at the HS Library circulation desk.
The print job will be available to be picked up AFTER the email notification has been sent and received, not before.
If a student or other user sends an email to HSPRINT, they will get a “not authorized” email returned to them.
 
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  • iOS UPGRADE procedure and checklist

    Posted by John Monick at 10/5/2015

    All iPad users, make sure that you check the 5 steps below BEFORE you apply an upgrade to your iOS device: 

     

    1. Make sure your iPad is using iCloud to backup your files. Tap on “Settings”, and use the list on the left to find “iCloud”. If your account information is already entered, proceed to step #2. If not, enter your school email address and password, and tap “Sign in”. If prompted to upgrade to iCloud Drive, tap “Upgrade”. If prompted to merge with iCloud, tap “Merge”. If prompted to allow iCloud location services, tap “Ok”.


    2. Make sure Pages, Numbers, Keynote are using iCloud. In “Settings” use the list on the left to find Page, Numbers, and Keynote. For each one you have, make sure “Use iCloud” is turned on.

    3. Make sure Word, Excel and Powerpoint are using OneDrive to back-up your documents. Open Word, and look in the top left corner of the App window for your name. If your name isn’t there and you see “sign in”, tap on it and enter your school email address and password. After signing in, save any documents or projects you have on your iPad and save them to your OneDrive. To do this, tap on “open” in the left menu, and then tap on “iPad”. You will see a list of documents. Next to each one, you’ll need to tap on the “upload” icon (square with an arrow pointing up). Then tap “Move to Cloud”. Name and save your file. Repeat for any other local iPad documents or projects in Word, Powerpoint or Excel.

    4. Make sure you have uploaded any projects or assignments you are working on in eBackpack.

    5. Make sure you have the required space for the update. To check your device’s available space, tap on “Settings”, “General”, “Usage”. Make sure you have the correct amount of space available. If you do not, delete non-educational Apps until the required space is open.

     
     
  • Save your eBACKPACK DOCUMENTS that might be saved 'OFFLINE' to eBACKPACK

    Posted by John Monick at 5/20/2015 5:30:00 AM

     

    • All files are automatically saved in eBackpack, unless your working in 'Off Line' mode. 

    • To check, this, open your 'Off Line' tab to see if there are any files saved locally. If the 'thumb tack' icon, on each file is GREEN, you good. The files have been saved in eBackpack. If the 'thumb tack' icon is yellow, make sure that you connected to WiFi and press the 'Force Sync' link on the bottom of the page. Select the 'REFRESH' icon until you see all green 'thumb tack' icons. When all the 'thumb tacks' are GREEN, all of your documents are saved in eBackpack (in the cloud).

     
     
  • How to SAVE your MICROSOFT OFFICE Documents in the Cloud from your iPad

    Posted by John Monick at 5/20/2015 5:10:00 AM
     
    • Open the 'Word' App. You should see your name on the top left of the screen. If you're not signed in, sign in with your school's email address and universal password. 

    • Select the 'OPEN' icon, on the left and select 'iPad'. Any files that you see on the right are saved only on the iPad and would be lost if you iPad is bricked and has to be replaced.

    • To move them to the CLOUD, select the upload icon (small box with an arrow pointing up) next to the file and select 'move to cloud'. Name the file and then it will be saved in your 'One Drive for Business' account. After your files are moved, you can select  'One Drive for Business' and view the files that have been saved or moved.

     
     
  • How to SAVE iWORKS DOCUMENTS in iCloud (iCloud Drive)

    Posted by John Monick at 5/20/2015 5:00:00 AM

    First, make sure that your iPad is signed into iCloud with your school apple account (school email address).

     

    • Open 'Settings' and then select 'iCloud'.

    •  You should see your school email account signed in. If this NOT the case, you need to sign in.

    • Once properly signed in, select the 'iCloud Drive'. If your prompted to upgrade your iCloud, select upgrade. If your prompted to merge your you iCloud, select Merge.

    • Now you can access what Apps can BACKUP or SAVE to your iCloud Drive. Make sure that you select the Apps that you want to back up to your iCloud Drive (double check this). 

    Second, How to make sure your Pages, Keynotes and Numbers files are backed up (SAVED) in iCloud and not only on your iPad.

    • Open each App, we will select the 'Pages' App first. Open 'Pages' and you will see the files (documents) that have been saved so far.

    • To verify (confirm) that they are backed up, select the "+" in the top left corner of the screen. And select 'iCloud Drive'. You should see a folders labeled 'Pages'. Open that folder, you should see all your 'Pages' files (documents) present. If any files are missing, you want to upload them to the 'iCloud Drive'. Click on 'Done to close the 'iCloud Drive' window.

    • Upload files to 'iCloud Drive'. You should now be back at the opening 'Pages' file (documents) screen. Select the upload icon (small box with an arrow pointing up) and then 'Move to...'. Select all the files (documents) that you did not see in the 'Pages' folder. Then select the 'Pages' folder. This will save your files in the 'Pages' folder, in your 'iCloud Drive'.

    • Repeat the same steps for each App (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) that you want to save (move) files (documents) to your iCloud Drive.

     
     
  • Check to make sure that you can save to the iCloud on your iPad, to back up your iPad and SAVE documents

    Posted by John Monick at 5/12/2015 7:00:00 PM
    • Open 'Settings' and then select 'iCloud'.

    •  You should see your school email account signed in. If this NOT the case, you need to sign in.

    • Once properly signed in, select the 'iCloud Drive'. If your prompted to upgrade your iCloud, select upgrade. If your prompted to merge your you iCloud, select Merge.

    • Now you can access what Apps can BACKUP or SAVE to your iCloud Drive. Make sure that you select the Apps that you want to back up to your iCloud Drive (double check this). 

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  • Fix eBackpack Issues - Sign OUT/IN

    Posted by John Monick at 4/7/2015 3:30:00 PM

    Experiencing issues in eBackpack? Sign out and then back in.

     

    If you experience any problems or issues in eBackpack, the first thing to do is 'Sign Out of eBackpack' and then 'Sign Back In to eBackpack'.

     

    Open the eBackpack App. On the top left, click on the gear. That will display the 'Sign Out' menu selection. Select it. Your signed out.

     

    You can 'Sign In' by leaving  'bluejays' in the top field, type your user name in the 'User Name' field and your PW in the 'Password' field.

     

    Click to watch the short video on how to log out and then back in.

     

     

     
     
  • iPad AR Test Issue & Fix

    Posted by John Monick at 3/18/2015 2:30:00 PM
    iPad AR Test Issue & Fix
     
     

    Students report issues when taking AR tests. The issue is due to students setting their Safari Browser into Private mode. The Safari Private mode needs to be off (at the times).  The Private mode is meaningless in our environment.

     

     

    In normal mode, the top of Safari looks white or gray (see below) 

     

     
     

    In Private mode, the top of Safari looks black or dark (see below)

      

    To learn how to turn the Private mode on or off, go to this link, Private Safari Mode