Victor Primary Technology Help

Mrs. Linse from the Library

Help is Here!

Michele Linse

If you want individual help, great things to do are to take screenshots or pictures on your phone. Email it to me with your request so I can get a sense of what's going wrong.

Bring Your Own Device to School Rules

Victor Central Schools has a new policy allowing students to bring their own device (BYOD) to school. This is a big change from last fall, where we asked families NOT to allow children to bring expensive and potentially disruptive devices to school. This policy refers to electronics for learning... things like tablets instead of Gameboys.

Many families may have a laptop, or be lent a laptop from the school. If your child brings it on their physical days there are some very important things that NEED to happen:

1. The child should understand this is an expensive tool and a special responsibility.

2. Do not use it on the bus. MOST of the breakage I have experienced in the past happened because of use on a bus. They should also know not to share devices due to covid, even on the bus.

3. ALL liquids need to be in a sealed ziploc baggy, including juice boxes inside lunch bags or large water bottles.

4. I recommend getting an extra padded case to put the device in. Even a careful child will thump their backpack around naturally. However, carrying something "by hand" isn't actually safer. I do recommend having it be in the backpack. Any padded sleeve at least 12" x 9" will fit a school chromebook.

5. Make sure any passwords you've used on private devices aren't important to the family. For instance, the PIN to unlock your laptop should not be your banking PIN. Personal laptops coming to school should not have inappropriate files or even essential family files on them.

6. CHARGE the device the night before.

7. Mrs. Linse is happy to review a personal device and set it up with all updates, extensions, and defaults needed to work smoothly with the school. Drop it off for a 24-hour turn around.

Request a District Laptop

There is currently a waiting list.

Progress Report Card Grades on Schooltool

If you also have a student in the 4th grade or above, you login as the parent. But if you only have students P-3, this handout shows you how to access their grades in the student account.

Let's chat about classlink...

Classlink collects websites teachers use, and it can be personalized for each student. Our address:

Fun Fact: There is an "app" for classlink, which you should ONLY use on an ipad. In all other cases, please use Chrome and install the classlink "one click extension" from the chrome web store (free).

Classlink is critical for access to school Doc files (if they don't login to chrome, they can still get them there) as well as Myon, Brainpop, PebbleGo, and PK Lifescience. Plus it will have buttons for anything your child's teacher has used with them this year, like Splash Math. Those are the only things that actually matter.

How to sign in and out of a Google Account

*Especially great for a shared device.

Beginner's Guide to Google Docs

Create, share, name, font, and pics.

Turn on Closed Captions for ANY Video With Chrome

If you need subtitles or language help on our learning videos, LET US KNOW, but until then, please turn on this accessibility feature!

How to Clean a Computer

Get a thin towel or paper towel and put a big dab of hand sanitizer on it. Squish it up until the towel is damp and the sanitizer is worked in. It is best to use the non-lotion sanitizer or rubbing alcohol. While the computer is OFF, firmly run over the keyboard. Swipe in every direction: North, South, East, West. Lay a laptop screen flat to rub over it with a damp tissue or microfiber cloth, sweeping with a dry tissue to get residue off.

Tips for Monitor Management

Eye strain is real! Headaches lead to lackluster learning. Students might need these tips if the increase of screen time from all this digital learning starts to get to them.

  • Make sure the monitor is not in front of a bright light. Close shades in front of the monitor, and place light sources slightly behind you instead of directly next to the monitor.
  • Check your monitor or tablet's brightness level. Just like cell phones, these can be adjusted for the situation. A brighter setting might be good if the child is working in a bright sunny room one day, but in the evening, turn it WAY down.
  • Make sure your monitor's blue light function is turned on. Google that-- mac products do it automatically but you might need to turn it on if you have a non-mac. It lowers the blue light wave after dark, softening the impact on your eyes.
  • It is scientifically proven we blink less while using a monitor, which is bad for our eyes. Saline eye drops might help each afternoon. Or just be sure to take eye breaks: look up and around the room every 10 minutes, focusing on other things while you blink with "butterfly eyelashes."
  • Change your font resolution when reading small text. If you are on a touchscreen, this is as easy as pinch-touch-spread. You can also go to the "3 dot" settings in the upper right hand corner and change your Zoom %.
  • If you are using a kindle or ereader, choose the sepia background. No need to stare at a harsh white glare!

So you might want a computer...

Chromebooks are a cost effective way to give children independent access to VCSD digital learning. A basic chromebook will typically come in around $250. So when I say "cost effective" that is compared to a high end adult laptop with a strong hard drive and processing power which could cost over $1200. I have been getting requests for recommendations, and here is what I can share: This is the model our school bought in the summer of 2020. Target is selling several choices of HP chromebooks.

When people ask what kind of device I recommend, I absolutely recommend a chromebook. However, if you have older children who will share the device, maybe a stronger laptop is a better choice. If you have younger children, maybe a tablet is more practical. If you have a child whose main calling is reading, I can't recommend a Kindle enough, but it will NOT work for distance learning.

Sadly, no matter what you choose, the industry has basically decided these expensive tools should last about 2 years, 4 if you're lucky. No matter what you pick for a 2nd or 3rd grader, it won't last them until High School.

How To Videos About Some of Our Technology

Your Computer Can Read to You and Type for You

Voice to Text in Docs and Natural Reader chrome extension

Tour of MYON, our digital library of ebooks

If you do NOTHING else on a computer, DO THIS!

Tour of 4 Library Websites in Classlink

Brainpop, BrainpopJR, PK Life Science, and Pebble Go will ONLY work if you go to classlink FIRST. Classlink will log you in.

Victor Primary Library Account Student View

How to see what you have signed out, and how to hold books you want-- from HOME!

How to Use Typing Club

Touch Typing for interested students

How to Use FlipGrid

Only if your classroom teacher sets it up!

TIPS for School at Home!

Mrs. Linse reviews agendas, creating a space for learning, and mindset.

How to Add a Picture into a Doc

Insert! Image! Search the Web!

Saving and Sharing on Google

Control who has access and what they can do!