Thursday, April 30, 2015

Password Alert Helps Protect Against Phishing Attacks.

If you use the Google Chrome Browser, there is a new extension that will help to protect your password. If you enter your Gmail or Google for Work password into anywhere other than, you’ll receive an alert, so you can change your password if needed.
Password Alert also tries to detect fake Google sign-in pages to alert you before you’ve typed in your password. To do so, Password Alert checks the HTML of each page you visit to see if it’s impersonating a Google sign-in page. The extension can be found here, Password Alert

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Mobile Apps, Chrome Apps, and 100,000 + free digital textbooks


Help Students Learn Anywhere, Anytime

Our new free apps for both iOS and Android devices offer 100,000+ practice problems anytime, anywhere! Best part: it adapts to the student's skill level, so it will keep them engaged. And yes, its free.
Download here

100K Flexbooks

100,000+ free digital textbooks - you choose!

Wondering what other schools in your state are using CK-12 FlexBooks®? You can now browse from our collection of free Common Core and state standards aligned books to download, or customize one to make your own! 
Browse Digital Textbooks

Teacher Voices 

Educators from Tennesee and Floridarecently made the switch to CK-12's platform.  Read (in their own words) about their challenges, processes, and ultimately the benefits of making the switch. We’re here to help all of your teacher/admin friends do the same.

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Student E-mail addresses are changing!

One of the many benefits for students in the Classrooms 1st initiative is that they will receive Google Apps accounts that will follow them from elementary school through high school. Students will be able to construct a comprehensive learning portfolio that will follow them through graduation.  

D219 students have received instructions that their accounts will be shut down June 1, 2015 and they must transfer anything they wish to keep by that date. This link takes you to the presentation with instructions on how to transfer data from to their new account.
June 1st is the official cutover to:

To make this happen:
All students will get a new domain name Their E-mail accounts will look like this (******
All students' G-Mail and Drive files will be transferred from their accounts to their new account.

Students will need to use Google TakeOut to transfer calendar, contacts and other information they might want (YouTube, etc.). Refer to these instruction.

News from the AAL Help Desk

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As noted in the Technology News Letter, all students emails will change to as of June 1st, 2015.  Only your Email and Google Drive files will be transferred to your new accounts. If you want to keep your books, contacts, calendar events, youtube videos you uploaded, or any other Google service...please follow the steps in this presentation.

Transfer your Google Services

Get Ready for Summer

As the end of the school year fast approaches, it is time once again to have a maintenance check on your Chromebook or netbook.  While the Chromebooks auto update, it is good practice to come by the Student Help Desk and have them help tweak your settings to optimize performance.  

Juniors and Seniors, we haven’t forgotten about you.  We can still update your device and make sure it is working properly for next year and if you are taking it to college.  We have lots of spare parts for each unit, thus allowing many free repairs.  Don’t let a broken netbook sit in your locker, bring it in and we can fix it.

Time for Insurance

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Keeping your Chromebook in good working condition is not only important for school and home, but will be needed during PARCC testing.  Your Chromebook will be the only device allowed to be used for this exam.   It is highly recommended buying insurance now to be covered throughout the summer and the following school year.   The cost of coverage for the year is equal to one sit down meal with you and your family at any fast food restaurant.   Invest now, and digest the savings later.  

We are always available to answer your question. Anywhere, Anytime Learning -Student Help Desk
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PDC Summer Learning Series & Other Options

The Professional Development Center staff from both Niles North and Niles West will be located in the Niles West Professional Development Center, Room 2153 for the summer. 
General sessions are 60 minutes including lab time, and GAFE Sessions are 2 hours with lab time included.
We will highlight each of the tools listed under each exploration area and demonstrate how they work. Use the hyperlinks to review the topics and bring your ideas as we explore them. Then we will help you decide which is the most appropriate for you and assist you in developing a plan to implement for your audience.

Tools for Sharing Digital Resources With Students

GAFE Session 2:
Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides & Draw

If you have any questions, contact your building's PDC staff.

Tech 1 & Tech 2

Tech 1 and Tech 2 are being offered this summer at Niles WestThe courses are blended (you are required to attend the three face to face dates) and meet on:
5/27 1 - 4pm
7/22 1 - 4pm
7/23 1 - 4pm 

Click on the links to go to Eduphoria for more details.

Illinois Virtual School is offering online courses for professional development.  The courses are very informative and will provide numerous resources for teachers and/or administrators to take advantage of.  The courses also provide timely discussions with other educators throughout the area and the state.  Please consider taking one of these courses.
Many of the courses provide for additional graduate credit.  Follow the directions on the flyer to sign up.  Summer sessions begin June 24th.

Click here for additional information

Opting Out of a Roaming Profile

What is a roaming profile?
Basically, items on your desktop (including your desktop background), Firefox and Internet Explorer favorites would follow you from computer to computer. This roaming profile lives on the server and will travel back and forth, from server to client, every time you log in and out, this way, no matter what computer you use, your computer desktop will always look the same.

But the catch is...
As time goes on, your roaming profile may grow quite large.  As a result, your login and logout times will get increasingly longer and longer.  This delay causes problems. For example, when you are logging out of your classroom computer and the next teacher is waiting for it to complete before he/she can begin class, time is wasted.

Is opting out for you?
So, when you opt out of roaming profiles, your desktop will not sync anymore from computer to computer. Say, if you save a document to your desktop on computer A and go to computer B, that document won’t show up in computer B…. it is still on computer A.  But if you saved the document in your J drive (and you do that...right?) then , no sweat, you can continue to work on the same document.

If you are willing to give up saving items to your desktop, and instead save your files/documents to your J drive and if you mostly use Chrome for your bookmarks, you are a candidate for giving up your roaming profile.  The main benefit of having NO roaming profile is that your login and logout times will be very fast and your documents, now saved in the J drive, are always backed up. A number of your peers have already opted out and are very pleased with the results.  If you are interested in learning more about what it means to opt out of a roaming profile please feel free to contact the help desks.