Category Archives: Tech Tips

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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Should I Update My MacBook to Sierra?

Apple released the OS 10.12 update named “Sierra” just a few days ago.  I’m getting the question now frequently about this update — is it ok to apply it?  The answer is conditionally, “Yes.”  Personally, unless there’s a feature I’m … Continue reading

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Chrome Tips From ITEC

I just wrote a rather lengthy reflection on some of the more conceptual learning I experienced at ITEC, I also learned quite a few tactical, productivity type things as well. Almost all of these ideas came from Chad Kafka. The … Continue reading

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Student Google Groups

Just a quick FYI, our student Google Groups are now available. Remember that we have a Group for every period/class section in Campus that is populated with students.  Due to the number of Groups (around 5,000) and memberships (around 100,000), … Continue reading

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Chrome Extension and Student Devices

We’ve made some changes this year with how students access and use Chrome extensions.  We discovered last year that many students were using certain Chrome extensions to circumvent our internet filtering and logging.  The extensions in question were various VPN … Continue reading

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Minor Change to Campus Messenger

Based upon teacher feedback and some changes we’ve made over time, we’ve tweaked how Campus Messenger now works.  It is now set so that the default “from” address or sender address is the email address of the person logged into … Continue reading

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