Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Break is Coming!

I know with all the preparations for the holidays and the weather changing that we are extremely excited about the upcoming break.  Here are things that you need to do TODAY!

1:   LAPTOPS should be fully charged, shut down, unplugged and locked securely in the safe or the cart. The laptop cart should be locked up in the computer lab or library (or other designated storage room that has the deadbolt lock.)

2: iPADS should be fully charged, turned off, unplugged and securely locked in the safe or the iPad cart. If you are in a portable and you have a rolling iPad cart, please move it into the building and store it in the library, lab or the designated storage room. It is not to be plugged in.SAFES should be unplugged from the wall, locked up and the key taken with you.

3: SAFES should be unplugged from the wall, locked up and the key taken with you.

4: TEACHER iPADS: If you do NOT plan on taking yours home over the holidays, please make sure that it is fully charged, turned off, unplugged and locked securely in the safe, cabinet, or turned in to the office where it can be securely locked for the duration of the break.

5:  DESKTOP COMPUTERS:  If you are in a portable, you may want to bring your teacher computer in to the library or computer lab.  Please check with your PRINCIPAL to see if this is a necessity for your campus.  (Some campuses have theft problems)

6: Please follow any specific rules that your campus issues.  Please do not take these electronic rules for granted. There are many devices stolen in the district annually.  We do not want to increase this number  by being careless with these items.

Most of all, RELAX and ENJOY your spring break! I look forward to working with you after the break.

Melinda

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

iStation and AirServer Issues!

Many of the lab computers and now the teacher computers are starting to be re-imaged.  If  you have encountered this, you know how frustrating it can be to find everything that you want and need. One of the first things that everyone looks for is iStation.

iStation: 1st-5th grade teachers: Log onto the computer and click on Self Service.

 Login with your credentials. This login is now in small print on the right-hand sidebar. 


  On the right-hand side under "Categories," click on Applications. Now click on the word INSTALL under the iStation icon. This will install it on the computers. Turn on iStation and choose your school's domain from the pull down menu. It will automatically update and restart. Now it is ready for the next use. Allow the computers to stay on for a while so that Adobe Flash Player update can be downloaded. Now your laptops will be ready for use! 

AirServer:  Your re-imaged computer will need to have the activation code put in. Your tech facilitator (ME) will have to come and do this, but in the meantime, please download the free app, AirServer Connect, from the App store.  

You will need this to run the latest version.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy!

It's the time of the school year when you are finally starting to get a grip on everything. You know your students, you've begun to make sense of all of the curriculum, testing is beginning, and progress reports have been sent home.  Now to add to that, there are things that your principal, coordinators, and even me are asking you to do!  YIKES!   Please go to the TECH TIPS page on this blog and read about things that will help you in your struggles with technology.

The latest tip is on how to add a signature to your emails. A signature to your email is the byline at the bottom of an email that usually includes the name, number, web address, and any disclaimer that accompanies it.  The district is asking all employees to include these things. If you log in to Google Apps through the employee webpage, then you can access this link explaining how to do these things. Click here to see instructions on Mail signatures

AIRSERVER HELP!

If you are having trouble connecting to AirServer this year, there are some things that you need to do. You first need to download the app, AirServer Connect, from the App Store on your iPad.  It is a free app.  Next, you need to click on AirServer on the computer, scroll down to Preferences and click on Check for Updates.  There is a new update that is necessary to make all of these things to work seamlessly together. 


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

Welcome back!  I know that the beginning of the year is an exciting time for you and your students, but it can be so hectic that we often overlook so much.  Here is a link to my newsletter to let you know about many new things and things to remember from the past: Instructional Technology Newsletter.

You can also browse through the pages of this blog and find lots of useful information.  Remember that you can reach me best by email @  mweston@mesquiteisd.org

My schools this year are the Academy, Hanby Elementary, Range Elementary and Rugel Elementary. I am so excited to be able to serve all of these wonderful teachers and support staff on these campuses. It is such a privilege to work with each and every one of you!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Where did the icons go?

One day you come in to school and boot your computer up and realize that it looks very different that the last time you opened it. You try to figure out what is wrong and then it dawns on you that all of the icons have disappeared from the dock! YIKES!  You need these!

Fear not!  The district has change the profiles so that teachers have more rights to add and delete the icons on the dock that are most useful to them. It is very simple to add these back to the dock. 

Click on the finder: 

In this new window, click on the left  on Applications.


Find the app icon that you want to have on your dock, click and drag it to the dock and let go!

It is that simple!  Have fun customizing your dock to meet your needs!

If you have any questions or would like me to come and teach you, please email me at:

mweston@mesquiteisd.org

Remember:  Use me, abuse me, keep me busy!  I love teaching teachers and students!

Melinda

Spring Break News!

Spring Break NEWS

I know with this crazy weather that we are extremely excited about the upcoming break.  Here are things that you need to do TODAY!

1:   LAPTOPS should be fully charged, shut down, unplugged and locked securely in the safe or the cart. The laptop cart should be locked up in the computer lab or library (or other designated storage room that has the deadbolt lock.)

2: iPADS should be fully charged, turned off, unplugged and securely locked in the safe or the iPad cart. If you are in a portable and you have a rolling iPad cart, please move it into the building and store it in the library, lab or the designated storage room. It is not to be plugged in.SAFES should be unplugged from the wall, locked up and the key taken with you.

3: SAFES should be unplugged from the wall, locked up and the key taken with you.

4: TEACHER iPADS: If you do NOT plan on taking yours home over the holidays, please make sure that it is fully charged, turned off, unplugged and locked securely in the safe, cabinet, or turned in to the office where it can be securely locked for the duration of the break.

5:  DESKTOP COMPUTERS:  If you are in a portable, you may want to bring your teacher computer in to the library or computer lab.  Please check with your PRINCIPAL to see if this is a necessity for your campus.  (Some campuses have theft problems)

6: Please follow any specific rules that your campus issues.  Please do not take these electronic rules for granted. There are many devices stolen in the district annually.  We do not want to increase this number  by being careless with these items.

Most of all, RELAX and ENJOY your spring break! I look forward to working with you after the break.

Melinda



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

iPad Safari Seige

It seems that there is a bug getting around to everyone's iPads these days.  When you open Safari and go to certain websites, the MISD iPad Apps for one, it gives you an error message that says that you should call a number and then your iPad gets all locked up in Safari!

The message could possibly look like this:

Here is the solution:
Push the Home button and return to the Home screen.  Tap on the Settings app. On the left-hand side, scroll down (slide up) to Safari. Tap it. On the right-hand side, you will see Clear History and Clear Cookies and Data.  Tap on each one.  Now you should be able to work on your iPad freely again!