Techie Tuesday Back to School

August 2016

Welcome Back!

This is our Back-to-School edition with need-to-know tech information to get you off to a great school year! For those of you new to FHHS--Each month your friendly, helpful media specialists, Michelle Stuerman and Sue Robison publish this newsletter with useful tech information to keep you up-to-date on tools that you can use in your classroom. A new feature this year will be "Carl's Corner" from our very own ITS, Carl Wayne.

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FHSD Tech Updates

  • BYOD - It's B-a-c-k! Please keep the following in mind: 1) The guest network will be restricted to the common areas; and 2) Students and teachers will be able to login to the FHSD network with AD credentials.*
  • VoiceThread - Use https://fhsdschools.ed.voicethread.com. You will use your AD credentials.* If you have devices in your room you need to change the settings to fhsdschools.ed.voicethread.com.
  • Discovery Education - Access at google.discoveryeducation.com and login with FHSD Google credentials.


*AD is short for Active Directory. This is the login you use for the computers and many of your other district sites.

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FHHS Tech Updates

Learning Commons Calendar is Now Online!

Want to see if a date you need is available in the LC? Click on this link to see our new Google Calendar . You can also access our calendar from the Learning Commons home page drop-down menu. Please note that this is a view only calendar and that you still need to send an email to either Michelle or Sue to actually book the dates you need.

How to Reset Google Passwords for Student Accounts

Computer logins and Google drive logins are now synced for all students. This means that the password a student uses to log on to the computer should also be the same for Google Drive. Unfortunately this isn't always the case! The following procedure should be followed if a student is able to log on to the computer but not Google.
  • Have student log in to the computer.
  • Hold down the control-alt-delete keys at the same time.
  • They will be prompted to choose a new password. Please remind them that it must be between 8-16 characters, have at least one capital and one lower case letter, a number or a symbol, and not include any part of their name or student number.
  • After changing their password it will work for both the computer login and Google Drive.
  • If this doesn't work send a work order to Greg Aubuchon.

Hotspots and Laptops Available for Student Checkout.

The Learning Commons has a limited number of hotspots and laptops that are available for student checkout. If you have a student that needs either (or both) please refer them to the Learning Commons.
  • Hotspots and/or laptops may be checked out in the Learning Commons by students who do not have access to them outside of school.
  • The loan period is for one month at a time with an option to renew.
  • A permission slip must be signed by parent/guardian and student prior to check-out.


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Notes from Carl

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re having issues with Infinite Campus, Mastery Connect, etc.

Infinite Campus Message Center

Don’t forget that Infinite Campus has a Message Center feature that allows you to send general, missing assignment, and grade messages to parents and students. The general message feature can be a great tool at this time of year to send something to parents who didn’t attend Open House (ex. Remind instructions, syllabus, etc.). You can check out an instructional PowerPoint on Messenger features by going to the FHHS Technology folder: www.tinyurl.com/fhhstech.
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Technology Folder Shortcut

The Francis Howell Technology folder should now be linked as a shortcut on your desktop. It’s the one stop shop for school technology related documents. Please contact me if you want anything added in the future. This folder will be updated as the year is going on.

Update on Mastery Connect and Infinite Campus Issues

At the beginning of the year it can be a hectic time with enrollment, add/drops, etc. We are working through current issues with students missing or not being dropped in Mastery Connect. The rosters are synced with Infinite Campus, so there’s nothing manually to do on the teacher’s part, but it can take a little work to catch up. We hope to have these things worked out this week.