Thursday, June 13, 2019

AAPS Tech Fest

Save the Date

August 14 & 15 2019, Skyline High School
AAPS Tech Fest (Formerly known as the AAPS Tech Academy)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

New Tech Tools to End the Year With

I know this time of the year is crazy busy but hopefully not be too busy to try and learn new things.  Here are a few new tools you should try before the end of the year. The first four were taken from a nice tech blog I follow: Cult of Pedagogy.


If you are familiar with Google Expeditions, Tour Creator is a tool you should look into.  This tool helps you create your own VR tours. Google cardboards are a very affordable way to use VR in the classroom once you have created a tour.  


A very fun geography game that uses Google Street View to drop you somewhere in the world.  The challenge is to figure out where you are. You can drive down the road to check out the scenery and signs but can not zoom out.  Once you think you know where you are drop a pin on a world map and it gives you a score.


Webjets is a great tool for group projects.  It is an easy way to get all ideas and digital materials all in one place no matter what they are.  This is very much like Padlet but free for educators.


A very nice writing tool that has a free version that if you are an english teacher you should check out.  To be honest I should probably start using this on these emails I send out :)

Open Education Resources
Open Education Resources (OER) are materials for teaching and learning that are either in the public domain or have been released under a license that allows them to be freely used, changed and shared with others. Checkout the #GoOpenMichigan Initiative.

Tynker Jr.
If you teacher early elementary (ages 4-7) and would like to integrate more coding into your class Tynker Jr is free until August.  Let me know and we can push the app out to any school iPad.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Using Printer Presets to Save Time

When you print from your Macintosh computer, you have options to set printer options and then save them to a preset that allows you to choose the same options quickly.
These directions show the process starting with Microsoft Word, but once the presets are built, they work from any application.

Open any Microsoft Word document and start to print to your printer. In this example, we are using the CANON_BW_PAPERCUT.

Click on the options bar--that line in the middle that says “Copies and Pages” to access your options… in this case, Finishing.

Choose the settings you want to save--2-sided and/or stapling:

Look at the top for the “Presets”, and select “Save Current Settings as Presets

Give your shortcut a descriptive name.  Leave it set for “Only this printer”

★ First time only – go back up to Presets and choose Show Presets...

Check the box for Reset Presets Menu to “Default Settings” After Printing

You can skip this step if you are sure that you always want to use this preset.

To print using presets,

- first choose your printer queue,
- then choose a preset if needed,
- then change the number of copies
- or make any other adjustments…
- then click Print.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Introducing 2-Step Verification

Starting today, ITD has activated the ability to turn on 2-step verification to your AAPS gmail account.  2-Step verification will protect your email account from someone else signing in as you from a different location. All you need to do is associate a cell phone number with your account and when you sign in, it will send you a code.  You probably already have this set up with other internet accounts such as banking or credit card sites. Google only runs the verification once a month when you are using the same device. If you log into Google from a new computer or device it will activate the 2-step verification. Once you set it up, you will forget you even have it activated.   This is not required but is highly encouraged.  If you are interested, here are instructions on how to set it up.  It only takes a minute or two to set up:

1. Open your Google Account here or with your Gmail open, click on your profile in the upper right head corner and select Google Account. You may need to sign in.

2. Click Security on the left hand side
3. Under Signing into Google select 2-Step Verification and click the > arrow.
4. Click Get Started

5. It will most likely ask you to sign into Google again.

6. If you have never associated a cell phone number with your Google account enter your cell phone number and select Next. If you already have a phone associated with your account click the Try It Now button. This will either send you a verification code or link on your phone.

7. After completing that step you should see this screen. It gives you the option to enter an addition phone number as a backup. Click Send. This will send you another verification code. Enter the code on the next screen and hit Next.

8. Click Turn On

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Spring Cleaning Time

With spring upon us, it's a good idea to do some spring cleaning and spruce up your computer.  Here are some helpful tips:

Clear Cache:
Browsers are constantly downloading content onto your computer.  They do a pretty good job at managing this content but need a little help now and again to keep things running well. Here is a blog post about clearing your browser cache:

Clean out Download Folder:
One folder on your computer that tends to accumulate a lot of junk is the download folder.  This is the default location for your computer to save downloaded things from the internet. From your desktop, click “Go” from the top menu bar and select download.  I would recommend moving anything you would like to keep to the documents folder and move the rest to the trash. Don’t forget to empty your trash when you are done.

Restart More:
When was the last time you restarted your computer?  If you can’t answer that question, you definitely don’t restart enough.  A good rule of thumb is to at least shut your computer down once a week. When you leave school on Friday, shut your computer and don’t turn it back on until you need it again.  You need a break over the weekend and so does your computer.

One of the biggest reasons we hear from users for not restarting is they don’t want to lose their chrome tabs.  There is way to work around this. Go to three dots in the upper right hand corner of chrome and select settings.  From there, scroll down to “On startup” and change the setting to “Continue where you left off.”  When you quit chrome now, it will reopen all your tabs the next time you open it.

Change your Google password:
It’s always a good idea to change your password if you have not done it in a while.  Check out this blog post:

What updates to run?
ITD is still not ready for the Mojave update.  When we are ready, we will send out instructions.  Until then, here is what we recommend updating: