Category Archives: For Students

Why Everyone Need To Use a Password Manager

I finally did something this week that I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time, I started using a password manager.  The more I think about these types of tools, the more I strongly believe this is an absolutely … Continue reading

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New Apple Software Update Server At Prairie

If you teach in grades 9-12, have you had students notice that their laptops are randomly restarting?  Here’s the story on why this is happening. One of the ongoing issues we’ve faced with our student laptops is how to get … Continue reading

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Cool, New, Free (for the most part) Stuff! — Google Connected Apps

Ryan Rydstrom, just clued me into a really cool, new feature in Google Drive: Connected Apps.  This feature is available for both teachers and our students.  Connected Apps allows you to integrate tools right into Google Drive.   For example, I … Continue reading

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Why Do You Charge So Much MacBook Air Power Adaptors?

In my last post, it was pretty clear that a disproportional number of the help desk tickets we created last year were related to power adapters.    From an operational stand point, our 1 to 1 laptop efforts were really successful … Continue reading

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Ready for 2013-14!

It’s been an incredible week in the technology office.  I’m so proud of the entire team! In less than a working week, we have all of the student laptops ready to go out the door for the fall on 2013-14 … Continue reading

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Save Your Power Adaptor

I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the durability and reliability of our new MacBook Air laptops both for students and for staff.  When we purchased these laptops, we also purchased a supplemental insurance policy to cover repair costs.  Year to … Continue reading

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Student Tech Fair

Each year, ITEC (the Iowa Technology and Education Connection), sponsor’s student technology fairs.  This year’s tech fair is being held in Cedar Falls on April 10th.   The tech fair is open to students (and groups of students) of all ages … Continue reading

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Featured App: Scratch

At our last digital literacy trainer day, we had Wesley Fryer take the team through some experiences with a program called, Scratch.  Scratch is a simple software development platform created by a team of educators at MIT.  It’s a free … Continue reading

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Featured App: WolframAlpha

I ran across this website from my Twitter stream.  It was an Edudemic (love their site — always cool and provocative ideas there) post on 30 Apps for Online Learners.  Most of the apps listed were targeted at higher ed.  … Continue reading

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How Do I Purchase Apps (with District funds) for My iPad?

One of the most confusing processes we have, unfortunately, is purchasing apps for iPads.  We’ve done our best to make as simple as we can.  However, the way Apple has constructed the App Store and the constraints placed upon us … Continue reading

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