Technical Tips

November 21
Basic differences between Office 2007 and the version we are currently using.


October 31
Flying to a famous landmark (Google Earth - Latitude & Longitude - LA)
Learn to use Google Earth 4 to explore famous landmarks. This tutorial will demonstrate how easy it is to fly to fly to a landmark.


October 10
Matt Deissler from our Infrastructure Support team has informed us that the new Canon Multifunction Printers (MFP) at each school are ready to use. He has created tutorials on how to use the most popular features. If you haven’t heard about these printers, you can copy, print, scan, fax, or save to the network, right from your computer. They are super cool, so check out the features below! The links are only accessible when connected to the school network.

Before you use the Canon Multifunction Printer (MFP):

· Install the printer on your computer

Printing Features (click for details instructions):

· Standard Printing - Printing to a Canon MFP works the same way printing to any other network printer.
· Two-sided (Duplex) Printing - The Canon MFPs are capable of duplex printing which means they will print on both sides of the paper.
· Stapling - The Canon MFPs are capable of stapling multiple-page documents that you send to them.
· Stored (pick-up) Printing - The Canon MFPs are capable of storing documents you send to them. This means that if you store a job in a Canon MFP, it will not print until you are standing in front of the MFP waiting for it.

NOTE: To use this feature, your building’s copier manager must create a folder using instructions Matt has shared with them. So, if you try to use this feature, but don’t see a folder with your username on it, contact that person in your building (not Technology Services).

Scanning Features:

· Scanning Documents to the Network - The Canon MFPs are capable of scanning documents to network folders (in PDF format!). These MFPs do not make color scans. They only scan in black and white.
· Finding and Moving a Scanned Document - The Canon MFPs are capable of scanning documents to network folders. It is important to move documents out of the folder into which they have been scanned because all documents more than 24 hours old are deleted from those folders each night.

October 3
Tech Tips for the Basic Computer User
By DAVID POGUE
I'm sure the basics could fill a book, but here are a few to get you started. All of these are things that certain friends, family or coworkers, over the years, did *not* know. Clip, save and pass along to…well, you know who they are.
* You can double-click a word to highlight it in any document, e-mail or Web page.
* When you get an e-mail message from eBay or your bank, claiming that you have an account problem or a question from a buyer, it's probably a "phishing scam" intended to trick you into typing your password. Don't click the link in the message. If in doubt, go into your browser and type "www.ebay.com" (or whatever) manually.
* Nobody, but nobody, is going to give you half of $80 million to help them liberate the funds of a deceased millionaire…from Nigeria or anywhere else.
* You can hide all windows, revealing only what's on the computer desktop, with one keystroke: Windows key+D in Windows, F11 on Macs (or, on recent Mac laptops, Command+F3; Command is the key with the cloverleaf logo). That's great when you want examine or delete something you've just downloaded to the desktop, for example. Press the keystroke again to return to what you were doing.
* You can enlarge the text on any Web page. In Windows, press Ctrl and the plus or minus keys (for bigger or smaller fonts); on the Mac, it's the Command key and plus or minus.
* You can also enlarge the entire Web page or document by pressing the Control key as you turn the wheel on top of your mouse. On the Mac, this enlarges the entire screen image.
* The number of megapixels does not determine a camera's picture quality; that's a marketing myth. The sensor size is far more important. (Use Google to find it. For example, search for "sensor size Nikon D90.")
* On most cellphones, press the Send key to open up a list of recent calls. Instead of manually dialing, you can return a call by highlighting one of these calls and pressing Send again.
* When someone sends you some shocking e-mail and suggests that you pass it on, don't. At least not until you've first confirmed its truth at snopes.com, the Internet's authority on e-mailed myths. This includes get-rich schemes, Microsoft/AOL cash giveaways, and--especially lately--nutty scare-tactic messages about our Presidential candidates.
* You can tap the Space bar to scroll down on a Web page one screenful. Add the Shift key to scroll back up.
* When you're filling in the boxes on a Web page (like City, State, Zip), you can press the Tab key to jump from box to box, rather than clicking. Add the Shift key to jump through the boxes backwards.
* You can adjust the size and position of any window on your computer. Drag the top strip to move it; drag the lower-right corner (Mac) or any edge (Windows) to resize it.
* Forcing the camera's flash to go off prevents silhouetted, too-dark faces when you're outdoors.
* When you're searching for something on the Web using, say, Google, put quotes around phrases that must be searched together. For example, if you put quotes around "electric curtains," Google won't waste your time finding one set of Web pages containing the word "electric" and another set containing the word "curtains."
* You can use Google to do math for you. Just type the equation, like 23*7+15/3=, and hit Enter.
* Oh, yeah: on the computer, * means "times" and / means "divided by."
* If you can't find some obvious command, like Delete in a photo program, try clicking using the right-side mouse button. (On the Mac, you can Control-click instead.)
* Google is also a units-of-measurement and currency converter. Type "teaspoons in 1.3 gallons," for example, or "euros in 17 dollars." Click Search to see the answer.
* You can open the Start menu by tapping the key with the Windows logo on it.
* You can switch from one open program to the next by pressing Alt+Tab (Windows) or Command-Tab (Mac).
* You generally can't send someone more than a couple of full-size digital photos as an e-mail attachment; those files are too big, and they'll bounce back to you. (Instead, use iPhone or Picasa--photo-organizing programs that can automatically scale down photos in the process of e-mailing them.)
* Whatever technology you buy today will be obsolete soon, but you can avoid heartache by learning the cycles. New iPods come out every September. New digital cameras come out in February and October.
* Just putting something into the Trash or the Recycle Bin doesn't actually delete it. You then have to *empty* the Trash or Recycle Bin. (Once a year, I hear about somebody whose hard drive is full, despite having practically no files. It's because over the years, they've put 79 gigabytes' worth of stuff in the Recycle Bin and never emptied it.)
* You don't have to type "http://www" into your Web browser. Just type the remainder: "nytimes.com" or "dilbert.com," for example. (In the Safari browser, you can even leave off the ".com" part.)
* On the iPhone, hit the Space bar twice at the end of a sentence. You get a period, a space, and a capitalized letter at the beginning of the next word.
* Come up with an automated backup system for your computer. There's no misery quite like the sick feeling of having lost chunks of your life because you didn't have a safety copy.

September 26
This pains me to admit but it is pretty slick.
The Mother of All Search Functions
By DAVID POGUE

Every major Web site has its own Search box and Search button. The Times. Amazon. EBay. IMDB.com. Wikipedia. YouTube. Facebook. And so on.
But usually, that Search function is not as good as the mother of all Search functions--Google. And it's definitely not as quick, since you have to navigate to the site you want (YouTube, Amazon, whatever) before you can use its internal Search box. But why bother, since Google already searches within all those sites?
Used to be, when I wanted to look up a Times movie review, I'd go to nytimes.com/movies; hunt around for the proper Search box (there are two now; there used to be more) for searching the archives; type the movie title; and click Search. Four steps.
Used to be, when I wanted to consult Wikipedia, I'd go to Wikipedia.org; I'd click English; I'd click in the Search box; I'd type "blu-ray"; and click Search. Five steps.
Used to be, when I wanted to look up a movie on IMDB.com (the ever-wonderful Internet Movie Database), I'd go to that site; type in the name of the movie; click Search; look over the results; click the actual movie name. Five steps.
Used to be, when I wanted to look up a book on Amazon, I'd go to Amazon.com, click in the Search box, type the book name, then click its name in the results list. Four steps.
And it used to be, when I wanted to call up one of my own blog posts, I'd go to nytimes.com/pogue; click in the "Search this blog" box; type a keyword; and click Search. It usually comes up empty-handed (it doesn't even find search terms in the blog posts' titles), and I'd try a different keyword until I got frustrated. 100 steps.
And so on.
I've been totally wasting my time. Google blows all of this out of the water.
Now, when I want the Times movie critic's review, I type "ny times shrek" into the Google box and click the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button. BOOM! I'm reading the review. Two steps.
When I want an IMDB page, I type "groundhog day" and click "I'm Feeling Lucky." WHAM! I'm looking at that movie's IMDB.com page. Two steps.
When I want to search my own blog, I type "pogue blog tivo" and click "I'm Feeling Lucky." Presto! I'm reading the post. Two steps.
In other words, there's very little point in using the Search box within your favorite sites. Use Google to take you to that site and to the page you want within it. Works for Amazon ("amazon freakonomics"), ebay ("ebay delft figurine"), Define.com ("define ersatz"), Facebok ("facebook amy pomeroy"), any newspaper or magazine, and hundreds of other kinds of sites.
Google has been sneakily introducing some other changes, too. You've probably noticed that as you type in the Search box, a drop-down list of suggested matches appears. It's culled from searches that other people have performed.
It's intended to save you typing (and creativity in wording), of course, but it also gives you a weird feeling of community. It makes you realize that you're not so unique. You're only one of the millions who use Google, and many have been this way before. (I wanted to see that famous video where these guys drop Mentos into Coke bottles to make them explode. I hadn't typed more than two words, "Coke and," when it appeared in the suggestions list--"Coke and Mentos." Two clicks, and I was watching the video.)
I've also noticed that if you type a search term that leads you to a huge Web site, like NYtimes.com, eBay, Amazon, and so on, you actually get a little table in the search results, providing direct links to all the sections *within* that site. In the Times's case, you can type "nytimes" and get a table of sections like Today's Paper, Politics, Business News, Sports and so on. (In fact, there's even a secondary Search box beneath this table--a pretty wild effect I haven't been able to reproduce with any other newspaper or search.)
Google may or may not be evil, but wow, is it getting good at search.

September 5
Basic Facts about OnCourse
We've put together a quick and dirty document to help you navigate the OnCourse site. You can find it on the common drive at
http://www.clarke.k12.ga.us/files/filesystem/CCSD OnCourse Guide.pdf


August 15
Setting up your wireless connection
We have noticed that lots of folks have forgotten how to access the wireless in their buildings. This is a quickie overview to refresh your memories.
The wireless card is built-into the screen - Most of you you will to turn it off or back on by holding the Function key (Fn) and pressing F2. Those of you with one of the newer laptops have an off/on slider on the left hand side of the laptop and you will pull it toward you to turn it on and push it away from you to turn it off.
Go to the Start menu and select “All Programs”.
Mouse over “Dell Wireless” and left click “Dell Wireless WLAN Card Utility”.
Verify that “Let this tool manage your wireless networks,” “Show Utility Icon,” and
“Enable Radio” are checked.
Click the “Add” button and Select “Use Utility (advanced network)”
In the Wireless Network Properties dialog box, type in the three-letter Network name for your school. For example, Cedar Shoals is “ced”.
Change the Network Authentication option from “Open” to “802.1X”.
Select “PEAP” as the EAP Method using the drop-down menu.
The User Name/Password tab will automatically appear.
Check the box “Use Windows Username Password”, then check the box labeled “Include Windows Domain”
Click “OK” (x2).


4/18
http://windowssecrets.com/2008/04/17/02-Flash-ads-bearing-malware-plague-popular-sites
Flash ads bearing malware plague popular sites
By Scott Dunn
A Flash-based advertisement that appeared last week on the USA Today site downloaded malicious code to users' computers, generating erroneous warnings of a malware infestation and offering a phony solution.

The Flash vulnerability is so widespread that such "malvertisements" may be present on thousands of sites, but there are measures you can take to reduce your exposure. Just opening the page puts you at risk. Visitors to USAToday.com last Thursday got more than they bargained for. A hacked Flash advertisement meant that merely viewing a page in your browser was capable of triggering a malware attack on your PC. According to an alert on the security site Websense, the ad can take control of the browser without any user interaction at all.
Two days after the ad appeared on the USA Today site, two prominent Utah-based news sites, DeseretNews.com and SLTrib.com, were found to have similarly dire banner ads. These ads directed users to various unexpected locations, including the site for AntiSpywareMaster. This destination has been called a "corrupt anti-spyware parasite" and a "fake program" by the RDV Group, a safe-computing organization. News sites aren't the only victims of what Sandi Hardmeier, who authors the blog Spyware Sucks, calls "malvertisements." The ads themselves may appear perfectly harmless, notes Hardmeier, who's been recognized as an MVP (Most Valued Professional) by Microsoft. "The criminals behind such malvertisements . . . have no shame," she writes, "impersonating everything from WeightWatchers to Oxfam." Advertisements are not the only source of the problem. The principal conveyors of this malicious code are Flash animations (or .swf files), which are commonly used to create intro screens, online video, and other Internet content in addition to Web ads.
Of particular concern are Flash files that are vulnerable to insertion of malicious code using a technique called cross-site scripting, or XSS.This vulnerability was widely publicized earlier this year by Google researcher Rich Cannings and his co-authors in their book Hacking Exposed Web 2.0: Web 2.0 Security Secrets and Solutions. According to a report in the U.K.–based tech-news site The Register, a Web search revealed more than 500,000 vulnerable files on major Web sites. A permanent fix is a long way off

Makers of Flash-building tools, including Adobe, Autodemo, TechSmith, and InfoSoft, quickly updated their development environments to patch the holes, according to a March story in The Register. But because many of the vulnerable files have to be regenerated from scratch, a titanic number of high-risk Flash files remain online. Speaking at last month's CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, B.C., Cannings estimated that over 10,000 sites host the risky files, The Register reported. But that estimate may be low. In his security blog, Jeremiah Grossman, founder and chief technology officer of WhiteHat Security, writes that "potentially hundreds of thousands" of Web sites could be at risk. "Reasonably workable fixes are going to be a long time coming," he adds. Even diagnosing the problem can be a challenge, notes Spyware Sucks's Hardmeier. She points out that advertising commonly appears on Web sites in one of two ways: either the Web site's staff handles its own advertising and posts the ads directly, or the site is served ads from an advertising network, which typically manages the content. Unfortunately, it isn't always easy for sites or advertising networks to detect problem ads. "Malvertisements are coded to exclude particular IP addresses, cities, states, and even entire countries," Hardmeier explains. "It is standard operating procedure for a malvertisement to be coded so that it will not trigger a redirect if displayed on a computer within the IP range of the victim Web site or victim advertising network."


3/21 CCSD Wireless Instructions Dell Latitude D620/D630 Model Laptops
These instructions will provide the correct settings necessary to access wireless networks in CCSD.
Start by double clicking the Wireless Client Taskbar Icon (it closely resembles stair steps.)
Once the Wireless Network Wizard opens, left click on the network you want to connect to and make sure it is highlighted. It will turn blue when highlighted like in the picture below. The name of the wireless network should be a three letter abbreviation of the site name you are currently at. For instance, the Board Office’s wireless network is named BOE.
After you have selected a network, click on the “Manually connect to an advanced network” option under the “Wireless network tasks” section.
You should now see a window titled Wireless Network Connection Settings which is pictured below. “The Network name (SSID):” text box should contain the three letter abbreviation of the network that was seen earlier. If it does not, type it in now.
Change the drop box labeled “Network authentication:” to “802.1X”
After you have made that change, you should have an option to set the EAP method. Change the drop box under the label “EAP method” to “PEAP”.
Then left click the boxes next to “Use Windows user name and password” and “Include Windows domain” and make sure they are checked.
Next, click on the “Options” tab to proceed.
Left click the box next to “Authenticate prior to Windows domain logon” and then left click the OK button for the message that pops up.
Left click OK to close the Wireless Network Connection Settings dialog box. You should then see both wireless icons in the task bar indicate you are connected to the wireless network.



3/7 For all you users AT HOME who use Office 2007...This download allows you to export and save to the PDF and XPS formats in eight 2007 Microsoft Office programs. It also allows you to send as e-mail attachment in the PDF and XPS formats in a subset of these programs.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4D951911-3E7E-4AE6-B059-A2E79ED87041&displaylang=en


/1/08 Help With SUBFINDER
When you go to login into the SubFinder system online @ https://subfinder.clarke.k12.ga.us you only need to type your last name where it says last name. Your password is actually your full Social Security Number. Just type your last name and your social security number and you are in!

2/15

When you import a graphic from the web or an image repository, it commonly has a colored (or white) background that appears around it on your slide. This can be frustrating and may not blend well with your slide background.
There's an easy way to get rid of the image background if it's one uniform color. Simply insert the picture on your slide, select it, and then click the Set Transparent Color tool on the Picture toolbar. (Choose View | Toolbars | Picture from the menu bar if you can't see the Picture toolbar.) The pointer arrow displays a wand next to it. Now, click on the color in your image that you want to set as transparent. You can only set one color to transparent, so images with more than one color in their background may require you to use another application to edit.
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2/8

Create an in-cell dropdown list of acceptable values

Just about everyone has created a worksheet that would benefit from using predefined dropdown lists of valid values. For instance, you might want to provide a dropdown list of department codes to ensure that a form is accurately completed. Fortunately, it's easy to create such a dropdown list using the Data Validation feature.

To build a dropdown list:

  1. In a blank worksheet, enter Sales Reps in cell A1 and then select range A2:A10.
  2. Choose Data | Validation from the menu bar.
  3. On the Settings tab, select List from the Allow dropdown list.
  4. In the Source text box, enter the values you want to appear in the list, separated by commas, such as: Jed, Bill, Liza .
  5. Make sure the In-cell Dropdown check box is selected and click OK to accept the value list.
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When you select any of the cell in the range A2:A10, a dropdown arrow appears next to it. Click the arrow and Excel provides the list of accepted names.

2/1 Cleaning Your Smart Board
Thoroughly clean it with a solution such as Windex® glass cleaner. If this doesn’t work, clean your display with a dry-erase solution such as Expo brand cleaner. You may need to rub up to 200 times.
NOTE: Do not spray cleaner directly on the screen’s surface. Instead, spray a light amount of cleaner on a soft cloth, and then gently wipe the screen. Do not allow excess cleaner to flow into the pen tray recesses or into the crack between the lower frame and the writing surface.
Refer to your user’s guide for more information about cleaning your SMART product.

1/18
Using Notebook Print Capture
Notebook print capture allows you to add multi-page files from other applications like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint®, or even a long Web page, to a Notebook file. In other words, print capture is similar to printing to paper; one printed page is equal to one Notebook page.
1 Open a file you want to capture into Notebook software
2 Select File > Print from the application’s main menu. The Print dialog box will appear. Select SMART Notebook Print Capture from your list of available printers
3 Press Print to capture the page as an image to a Notebook file. Notebook software will launch automatically if it’s not open
TIP: Occasionally, the image may appear blurry in your Notebook file. Select View > Zoom > 100% from the Notebook menu to clearly view the captured image in the Notebook work area.

1/11 Courtesy of Chris Sugiuchi
Today we are going to talk about how to sort your OAS test rosters by last name. Basically what you have to do is to choose an Excel format when you export the data out of the OAS website. Then go through and change any hyphenated names (John Smith-Jones) to just two parts (John Jones). Out of our 600+ names I only had 4 of those. Select all the cells and under the format menu make sure that “merge cells” (alignment tab) is all the way unchecked. Now highlight column A and under the data tab, select “text to columns”. We will use delimited text by “spaces” –choose that on the second time you click next (this tells the computer that we want to break the first and last name into to fields and to use the space as the demarcation point). After you have the names into two columns, you can use the data menu “sort” feature to put the kids in order by last name. I cut and pasted the last names over into the 1st column for convenience. Got it? Yeah buddy! It was a chore but easier then trying to find the names by first name for me at least.
Original idea here:
http://www.carincanada.ca/CARCANtipsAug1106.htm

1/4
Office Help: Using Styles in Microsoft Word
When we're on the job and using Word, many of us are likely to create variations on the same document day-in, day-out, each one with the same formatting quirks and layouts. The good news is the monotony of making the same file over and over can be easier than you might have thought. Customizing styles in Word can cut down on the amount of time you spend tweaking formatting from document to document. Get started.
http://ct.enews.pcmag.com/rd/cts?d=184-5248-50-216-1105064-668313-0-0-0-1

12/21
On 11/21/07, we announced plans to upgrade the Visual Search option on EBSCOhost and other user interfaces, at the end of this calendar year. We are pleased to announce that the new version of Visual Search is about to become available to your users. Please note that a comprehensive tutorial will open automatically when a user clicks on the Visual Search tab in EBSCOhost, to guide them through the functionality of the new Visual Search screens.
In conjunction with the Visual Search release, we are introducing an enhancement to EBSCOhost Result Lists: Image Quick View. This exciting new feature will include the appearance of thumbnail images on Result Lists which, when clicked, will instantly reveal full-sized images to users. Open records will include links to thumbnail images, where applicable. Users will be able to try the new feature in EBSCOhost by clicking on the Try It! box beside Image Quick View on the New Features screen, and enabling Show Image Thumbnails under the Preferences link in the upper right corner of the screen. For more information about the new Visual Search design and the Image Quick View feature, please see the first two top stories on EBSCO's Support Site (http://support.ebsco.com).
EBSCO's Support Site is also a great place to visit whenever you want to learn about new features, search among thousands of FAQs, download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Support Form (http://support.epnet.com/contact/askus.php).

Using Pearson SuccessNet
Please get the access code list from your building technology coordinator .
The column in yellow is the access code column- the other numbers are ISBN numbers

  1. Once in teacher must individually register- please have them use ccsd username and password is ccsd password
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  3. They will then need to log in using that username and password
  4. Go to Class/GroupManagement
  5. Create a class group and name it teachers last name.grade ex. Smith.2
  6. Click on View roster
  7. Click on upload my roster
  8. They will need an Excel spread sheet with their students on it to register their students with the following information The upload file must have data in the following format: FirstName, MiddleInitial, LastName, StudentID, Grade, SuccessNetLanguage, UserName, Password, PasswordConfirmation, Gender, EnglishLanguageProficiency, Ethnicity, MealProgram, SpecialConditions, MigrantStatus, SpecialServices.

Creating a Text File

Follow these steps to create your text file:
  1. Save this Excel worksheet file to your hard drive.
  2. Fill out the Excel worksheet with appropriate information.
    To check valid entries for each field, refer to the table below. Bold headings are required fields.
  3. Click on the File menu and choose the Save As option.
  4. In the Save As dialog box, select the Text (tab delimited) (*.txt) file type.
  5. Click Save
  6. Click Yes to keep the format.
  7. Save and close the Excel worksheet.


Rules and codes for valid text file entries

File Fields
Valid Entries
Code Definitions


FirstName:
20 letters (a-z), numbers (0-9), spaces, apostrophes, hyphens and periods

MiddleInitial:
2 letters (a-z), numbers (0-9), spaces, apostrophes, hyphens and periods

LastName:
32 letters (a-z), numbers (0-9), spaces, apostrophes, hyphens and periods

StudentID:
12 Numbers (0-9)

Grade:
Select one of the cell dropdown values

SuccessNetLanguage:
Select one of the cell dropdown values
ENG =English; ESP= Espanol

UserName:
6-30 letters (a-z), numbers (0-9) and underscores; if user name is specified, then password and password confirmation must also be specified

Password:
6-30 letters (a-z) and numbers (0-9)

PasswordConfirmation:
6-30 letters (a-z) and numbers (0-9)

Gender:
Select one of the cell dropdown values
F =Female.; M= Male.; X = Unknown.

EnglishLanguageProficiency:
Select one of the cell dropdown values
E =English.; ESL= English Second Language.; UN = Unknown.

Ethnicity:
Select one of the cell dropdown values
AFA =African American.; ASN= Asian.; CAU =Caucasian.; NA= Native American/Alaskan Native.; PI =Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.;OTH= Other.; UN = Unknown.

MealProgram:
Select one of the cell dropdown values
FRL =Free or reduced lunch.; NONE= Not economically disadvantage.; UN = Unknown.

SpecialCondition:
Select one of the cell dropdown values
AD =ADD/ADHD.;AUT= Autistic.; EI =Emotionally imparied.; HI= Hearing impaired.; LI =Learning impaired.; MI= Motor impaired.; SI =Speech impaired.; VI= Visually impaired.; OTH =Other impairment.; NONE= No special condition.; UN = Unknown.

MigrantStatus:
Select one of the cell dropdown values
FRL =Free or reduced lunch.; NONE= Not economically disadvantage.; UN = Unknown.

SpecialServices:
Select one of the cell dropdown values
504 =504.; IEP= IEP.; GT =Gifted/Talented.; T1= Title.; NONE =No special services.; UN= Unknown.


Browse to file and upload, class made


Safari Montage is now up and ready for use. To access the server, please follow these directions: For those that do not know what Montage is – Montage is a collection of high quality video and images much like United Streaming, just higher quality. There are over 2000 videos and 2500 images. This document is a simply how to: training will follow though your media specialists or your assigned Technology Integration Support Specialists.

Due to the high quality of the video this will not work well over wireless. To avoid trying to use your wireless please just turn it off when you are connected to your docking station. Please note that Montage will only work while you are at school and will not work from home.

1. Type your school’s 3 letter code with the word montage into the Address line of a browser. Example à If I am a Hilsman teacher I type (http://hilmontage) , a Fowler teacher

http://fowmontage, Barrow

http://barmontage ect.
2. Click on the Drop down menu and Select your school from the list.
3. Enter your CCSD username and password.
4. Click Login.
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5. Select a search preference.
To search for content, you have several choices. You can either click on the “Search,” “Subjects,” or Standards” web button along the top of the Montage page.
· Search – This feature will allow you to search by Key word. You can refine your search by selecting a publisher, grade level, Images, Videos and attached extras such as quizzes and teacher materials.
· Subjects – This allows you to select the subject you want to search under and also allows the search to be refined using grade range and publisher.
· Standards – This allows you to select the standard you are teaching and the grade range. Montage will then display al the media that matches the standard and grade range you have selected.
Once you have selected the media title you wish to view, you have more options available to you. The following image will explain these options:
This is a simple set of directions to get you all started with the media. Please review Montage directions Part 2 to see how images stored on Montage can be simply taken into Smart Notebook and used as any other image. Part 2 will follow next week.


10/26
There is a very important update to Windows that you need to install ASAP. If you don’t install the update, your computer will freeze and reboot if you try print from SMART Notebook. In addition, any unsaved files will be lost. So, please follow these directions:

1. Close all programs that are open on your computer. Windows will be restarted after you install this program.
2. [[file:/\\datsrv006\Programs\SmartBoardSoftware\fix_blue_screen]. A network folder will open.3. Double-click the file named WindowsXP-KB935843-x86-ENU. 4. Click Run-- [[image:file:C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5Cjewellg%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_image002.jpg width="404" height="309"]][[image:file:C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5Cjewellg%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_image002.jpg width="404" height="309"]]Click NEXT—Click I AGREE and NEXT—Click FINISH on the last screen. Windows will be restarted.

10/12
EBSCO Online Reader Support Information

If you are having difficulty logging in, you can either call the number below and speak to a technician, or you can send an e-mail. If e-mailing, please make sure you identify your school and the school district, and that you also state the issue as specifically as possible (i.e. My username and/or password does not work).

800-758-5995
eptech@ebscohost.com

For registration information, please see your school’s Technology Coordinator or Library Media Specialist.



10/5 CCSD Technology Integration Support Services Podcast To hear the second installment of CCSD Instructional Tech. Talk, please visit http://ccsdinstructionaltechtalk.wordpress.com/ . You may also subscribe to the podcast by visiting http://feeds.feedburner.com/ccsdInstructionaltechtalk


8/24//
Check Readability Level
Using Microsoft Word
  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
  2. Select the Check grammar with spelling check box.
  3. Select the Show readability statistics check box, and then click OK.
  4. Copy and paste the document to be tested into Word…or type the first two paragraphs.
  5. On the Tools toolbar, click Spelling and Grammar.
When Microsoft Word finishes checking spelling and grammar, it displays information about the reading level of the document.
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You only need to do the setup one time (steps 1-3) and it will give you the readability statistics in the future.

Check Readability Using Lexile Tool
http://www.lexile.com
The company who supplies the reading levels for all articles in the EBSCO and ProQuest (SIRS) databases also has several tools for determining reading level of library books, textbooks and databases.
Lexile Book Database is useful to find books that are similar to the student's reading level. This database contains tens of thousands of English and Spanish fiction and non-fiction trade-book titles from over 450 publishers. All titles are processed with whole-text measurement using the Lexile Analyzer.
  • Lexile Analyzer allows you to analyze text, literature and supplementary materials. This service is available to licensed users only, is designed for use with English text only, and may not be used for commercial use without a contractual agreement. Registration is free.
  • Lexile Calculator is a tool for examining the comprehension rate between a reader and a text. Using the Lexile Calculator, you can calculate the rate at which a student is expected to comprehend a text, as well as the reading ability a reader is expected to need in order to comprehend a text at a given level.
  • Lexile Power Vocabulary is a systematic and individualized approach to vocabulary development that enables teachers to assist students in grades 2 through 12 to improve their reading comprehension skills.
  • Lexile Reading Pathfinders support educators and parents in their efforts to select books that students can read independently -- both at school and home. By using Lexile Reading Pathfinder lists, readers can select texts relating to particular topics and at their reading level.
The first time you use this, you will be required to sign up for a username and password. Directions for using each tool area easy to follow and are excellent for helping to match books and resources to each student’s reading ability.
To use the Lexile Analyzer, open Notepad and type in at least 100 words, or copy and paste a few paragraphs. Save to Desktop or Folder. From Analyzer, click on Browse to locate file. It’s that easy!
Grade 1
Lexile Ranking
200-350

Grade 2
Lexile Ranking
350-500

Grade 3
Lexile Ranking
500-750

Grade 4
Lexile Range
620-910

Grade 5
Lexile Range
730- 960

Grade 6
Lexile Range
800-1030

Grade 7
Lexile Range
880-1090

Grade 8
Lexile Range
910-1140

Grade 9
Lexile Range
1030-1160

Grade 10
Lexile Range
1080-1210

Grade 11
Lexile Range
1130-1260

Grade 12
Lexile Range
1180-1300



8/17
The Helpdesk can not currently be accessed outside of the CCSD network. The Helpdesk is for reporting issues with CCSD technology only. Problems with Sub-Finder should be reported to Human Resources. For Field Trip Manager concerns, you should contact Transportation. Please return here for the link which will be uploaded later today. Click on the aforementioned link below to find explicit instructions for using the Help Desk system.

8/10 My big technical tip for today is for everyone to download the latest version of the Smart software which you will absolutely need to take advantage of lots of work done this summer. I also need you all to download the Senteo softwaare. Both ar in Add/Remove programs.