Technology Tips and Tricks

Folsom School District

STUDENTS: Chromebook Tips:

Chromebook Tips:

To View Keyboard Shortcuts: Ctrl + Alt + /

For more Chromebook Keyboarding Tips click on the link below:

STUDENTS: Chromebooks: Keep Awake extension

Keep Awake extension:

Every Student's Chromebook has the [Keep Awake] extension install.

This allows the student to override the Chromebooks power savings settings.

To Keep the Chromebook awake, look for the "Moon", "Sun" or "Sunset" icon in

the upper-right corner of the browser that can be clicked to switch between

modes where the

  • Screen is kept on (sun icon),
  • The system is prevented from sleeping (sunset icon),
  • Power-saving settings are left unchanged (moon icon).


Parents: Is Discord safe?

A link to Common Sense Media’s Parents' Ultimate Guide to Discord

"Is Discord safe? How does it work? And what does it have to do with Fortnite? Here's everything you need to know about this popular chat app for gamers.

By Frannie Ucciferri"

Please click on the link below to read the article:

PARENTS: Not sure about the App your kids are using?

Find out more about the Apps, Movies & Video Games at Common Sense Media.

Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Parents Need to Know:

Parents and Students: Is Google Workspace Status Dashboard Down?

The Google Workspace Status Dashboard can be found at the link below:

If any of the Google application is experiencing a problem it will be indicated with a orange or pink dot; otherwise, it should be a green dot.

STUDENTS: Google has a feature for quickly launching a new Doc, Sheet, Slide or Form

In Google Chrome Browser address bar simply type or

These shortcuts can be found on the

[ Bookmarks] on their Chromebook. (Google Docs) (Google Sheets) (Google Slides) (Google Forms)

TEACHERS & STUDENTS: Chromebook NWEA MAP Assessment error due to screen resolution

MAP Assessments: Device Screen Resolution message when first attempting a MAP Assessment on a Chromebook.

The Student should logon to the Chromebook and Press <Ctrl> + <0>.

Then Logoff the Chromebook, launch the MAP Assessment from the Apps menu.

Be sure to access the

Link to Student Login for MAP Growth:

Reference Google Chromebook Site:

You can make the page you're looking at bigger or smaller, but keep other parts of your screen the same size.

To make the page bigger: Press Ctrl and Plus .

To make the page smaller: Press Ctrl and Minus .

Reset zoom: Press Ctrl + 0.

STUDENTS: 3D MODELING with SketchUp of Schools

Every student at Folsom has access to “SketchUp for Schools” through their Google account.

SketchUp of Schools:

SketchUp for Schools is a browser based 3D design modeling platform.

Your child can take advantage of a multitude of online videos that go along with SketchUp.

( I strongly suggest using a Mouse with Sketchup rather than a Touchpad. )

Here is a great video to start with:

EVERYONE: Effective Web Searches: Make use of Quotes and Phrases when searching the internet.

Searching the internet can result in too many results or too few results.

Make use of Quotes and Phrases when searching the internet.

Example search Google for : Folsom School District returns 7 million results. (too many)

Example search Google for : “Folsom School District” returns 3,980 results. (still too many)

Example search Google for "Folsom School District Folsom Borough" returns 1 ( too few)

Example search Google for "Folsom School District""Folsom Borough" returns 201 results. (Just right)

For other tips click on the link below:

PARENTS: Securly Parent App New Features

Securly Parent App Update:

Folsom has enabled some new features on the Securly Web Filtering Parent App.

Be sure to log off the app and log back on in order to view these new features.

In addition to viewing your student(s) web activity and alerts;

  • Parents can toggle on / off access to the internet with on-click.
  • Parents can now block individual sites.
  • Parents can setup Online / Offline schedules for using the Folsom Chromebook. Set school nights, bed times, weekends or custom schedules.

Please note that this applies to Folsom issued Chromebooks while the device is not connection to the schools network.

Below is a link to Securly's video concerning the Parent Portal App.

For more information contact our Technology Coordinator Mr. Patrick Ward at

PARENTS: Realtime Parent Portal Mobile App.

Be sure to make use of the Realtime Parent Portal Mobile App.

The Folsom School ID number is: 1540

Parents, you will still need your Folsom Parent Portal logon information.

For iOS devices the app can be found here:

Realtime Link for Parents by Realtime Information Technology, Inc.

Realtime Parent Mobile App (iOS)

For Android devices the app can be found at the Google Play:

Realtime Link for Parents

Realtime Parent Mobile App (Andriod)

For help with the Realtime Parent Portal App please see the follow link on the Folsom web site: Mobile App Help Documents

EVERYONE: Chromebooks: Make use of a secondary Monitor such as a TV

Connect your Chromebook to a monitor.

You can connect your Chromebook to a monitor or TV with an HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, or VGA port.

If you make use of a HDMI cable and a TV or computer monitor, your Chromebook be setup with a secondary screen either to be used to mirror the Chromebook main screen or to to be used as a extended screen.

Click on the link from Google to see how:

PARENTS: Securing Your Online World: Authenticator Apps Protect Your Online Accounts

Both Google and Microsoft provide free authenticator apps.

Authenticator apps install on your mobile device.

Authenticator apps generates a code that expires after about 30 seconds or prompt you to OK a logon. The app is tied to your online account.

It can handle more than one online account, so you need to only use one authenticator app.

Authenticator Apps can be used along with other online accounts; such as, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to name a few.

Look to set up you online account with 2 Factor Authentication (2FA)

Setup your online accounts to use the Authenticator App with the 2FA

For more information on the Google Authenticator App:

Android or iOS:

For more information on the Microsoft Authenticator App:

PCWorld provides information on other Authenticator Apps:

PARENTS: Pwn is jargon and means to compromise or control.

Have I Been Pwned?

Pwn is jargon and means to compromise or control.

To check if you have any accounts that has been compromised in a data breach, go the web site is called: “Have I Been Pwned?”.

Enter your email address on this site, the results will provide feedback if your account have been found to have been compromised.

If your account has been compromised, be sure to change the password on that account and take additional steps such as using 2 Factor Authentication.

Other features of the site will provide you notification when future pwnage occurs and your account is compromised.

PARENTS: Convert that old laptop into a Chromebook in about 25 minutes.

Have an old laptop that you would like to make use of again or give away?

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