CSD Tech Link

Linking technology to the classroom...

Issue #1 Nov. 16, 2015

Welcome to CSD Tech Link. This is a monthly publication from the Technology Staff Development Office. We are here to support your classroom technology integration needs. Helping our teachers link technology to their classroom is our #1 priority. Work with us.

You Should Know ...

  • Wireless Changes

    Over the next few weeks, we will be transitioning all district-owned devices to a new, more secure wireless network. Our current wireless network, CSDSecure, will be phased out, and replaced with CSDWiFi. All district-supplied Mac, Windows, and Chromebook laptops will be migrated automatically. If you have a district iPad or iPhone, it will need to be registered and then migrated manually. Please submit a helpdesk request and we'll be glad to assist you with this.

    Please note: non-district devices will not be permitted on the new CSDWiFi network. Personal devices can be connected to the CSDGuest network. You will be prompted once a day to login to the network with your Cheltenham username and password.

  • SMART Notebook 15.1
    Every teacher desktop should have SMART Notebook v15.1
    installed. Submit a trouble ticket if you don't. Our license allows staff to install this on their home computers. We've done multiple training sessions this fall on the new features, feel free to review our SMART Notebook v15.1 Training Session Notes to see what's new. If you receive an activation message when starting your Notebook software, just click next through all default options.


Problem Solved...

Moving Z: Drive to Google Drive...

To move files from the Z: drive to your Google Drive - Open Google drive using Chrome and drag and drop files from the Z: drive right into your Google Drive.

Where's my Google Doc?...
To quickly find a file that was shared with you via Google Look in the 'Shared With Me' folder in your Google drive. To move a file to your 'drive' right click on the file and choose 'Add to my Drive'.

What are my student network IDs?...

A report has been created in Power Teacher that you can use to get a listing of your student network IDs. The report is named 'Student Username' and can be found under Reports (left hand side of screen). This information should be kept safe and secure, do not post anywhere. Student account information should only be shared with that specific student.

Change the file name of a Canon scanned document...
When scanning a document using the Canon copiers, both the document name and the email subject can be changed. Click here to find out how.



Google Docs forced copy

Force Google to make a copy of a document and don't overwrite your original! This can come in handy to keep a master copy unchanged. Ask CBK — we used this process to automate their discipline referral form procedure. No more triplicate hard copy! Click here.

SMART Notebook Printer

Save your annotations! If you need to annotate a Word Doc or a pdf and save those annotations - open the file in Notebook , this is the only way to save those notes along with the document. Here's how .

Pinning an App to your Chromebook shelf

Click the launcher, right-click the app you want to add, and select Pin to Shelf. To unpin right-click the icon and select Unpin.


GAFE (Google Apps For Education)

Google Classroom Guide

Created specifically for the CSD staff here is the Getting Started with Google Classroom Guide.

Sharing Google Contact Groups

Need to share a Contact Group ? Click here for instructions.

Language Setting in Google Drive.

Need to spell check in a foreign language ? We recently helped the Foreign Language Department at CHS with language settings in Google Apps. Take a look here and see how these settings can be changed.


The GIST (Great Ideas that Start Things)

Progress Monitoring Made Easier...

Special Ed teacher Krystin Baron was looking for a way to automate student progress monitoring using her iPad. Right away we thought of the app Notability. Pull your pdf into the app from your Google Drive and use Notability to highlight, circle words and make notes while your student reads the passage. When monitoring is done, upload the marked up document back into your Google Drive right from the app into a folder for that student.

  • Time Saved
  • Paper Saved
  • Better Feedback
  • More Organized Files

Polish Your PLC

About a dozen of our staff members including administrators, principals and teachers will be attending The Summit On PLC's at Work this fall hosted by Solution Tree. Use Twitter to see what this is all about, make connections or join in the conversation.

  • Hashtag #atplc
  • Twitter handle @SolutionTree


Spotlight On

Technology Staff Development Office

Who are Lisa and Dana? They are Technology Staff Developers for the district. This is a new position for the district and they are very excited about the opportunity to support technology initiatives in the classrooms.

Lisa has a BS in Business Administration from LaSalle University. She has 13 of years of experience in the IT field including database management, software development and support, and software quality assurance management. Lisa has been working in the district IT department for the last 10 years.

Dana has a BA in Information Systems from Susquehanna University. She was a Regional Business Manager with a global telecommunications company for 15 years managing operations, compensation, finance and sales force automation. Dana has been working in the district IT department for the last 7 years.

Both Lisa and Dana reside in the district and are parents of school age children.

The Technology Staff Development office has had a busy start to the year. Individual and group workshops have been held in various schools throughout the district. Topics included Google Classroom, Google Calendar, Notebook 15.1 Labs, Smartboard Tips and Tricks, and iPad 101. How can we help you ?


Just For Fun

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How To Contact Us

Dana and Lisa are Technology Staff Developers for Cheltenham School District. We are located in room 105 of the admin building. Email us at dwalker@cheltenham.org X6321 or lrock@cheltenham.org X6328

Check out the CSD Tech Hub here