Category Archives: Tech Tips

Be Sure to Sign In to Chrome!

One of the questions or problems we solve as a department most frequently is helping students and staff understand what it means to sign into Chrome.  This 3-minute screencast explains the distinctions and why it’s important for all Prairie students … Continue reading

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Google EDU in 90

I strongly recommend that all Prairie staff subscribe to the Google for Education YouTube channel.  There’s a ton of great, targeted content there.  There’s also a bi-weekly feature called Google EDU in 90 — which share the latest updates to … Continue reading

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Google Classroom, Form, and Geo Tools Updates

I’m going to repost a couple of really cool resources that came to me from the Iowa Google Education Group.  The first post is directly from Google which includes new updates to Classroom and Forms.  Not all of these changes … Continue reading

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Why Won’t Netfilx Work Any More at School?

Late last we began to get reports about teachers having trouble with Netflix here at school.  We block Netflix for students while on the school network (it works on 1:1 devices when offsite), but it’s always been available to staff. … Continue reading

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Google Read&Write Stats

I just found out yesterday that we can run some basic utilization stats for Google Read&Write.  Below are the overall use numbers for the year to date and a pie chart of what tools within the suite are being used … Continue reading

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Useful Approved Chrome Extensions

For safety and security reasons, we lockdown which Chrome Extensions students can use.  If the extension is not on our approved list, students can not install it.  Here is a list of the currently approved Chrome Extensions for student use. … Continue reading

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21 Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of…

This is basically just a repost from Eric Curts’ site.  But, this is a lot of really good information — some of it you probably know, but I bet there are a couple of nuggets that you’ll find useful.  Here’s … Continue reading

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Google TakeOut — Transfer Your Gmail and Drive to another Google Account

I just got the note below from Google today.  This feature would have been really handy a couple of years ago 🙂 Your domain now has access to a new tool which allows students to copy Drive and email files … Continue reading

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More Bandwidth at Prairie

We have upped our Internet bandwidth capacity today from 500 megabits per second (MBPS) to 800 MBPS.  We monitor our utilization pretty closely.  Near the end of last year (November/December) we had a number of days where we saturated our … Continue reading

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Common, Simple Fixes for Student Take Home Filtering with Securly

While I’ve been very pleased for the most part with our new content filtering partner, Securly, my team and I have run across several common, but easily solved problems that students at Prairie High School may encounter when taking their … Continue reading

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