November Technology Newsletter

Tidbits and Musings from the World of Technology


This is a friendly reminder that we all own the labs in the building as they are extensions of your classroom when your class meets in there.

Because we've had a lot of transition over the past year, it might be good to review the lab expectations and procedures summarized below:

  1. All students need to be assigned a computer - We recommend that everyone use an alphabetical list (all computers are numbered) because then students will typically be seated in a similar location in all of their classes.
  2. All computers should be logged out and chairs pushed in when the class period is over. Please pick up the garbage and erase the boards before leaving the lab.
  3. Children should not be allowed to "surf" the internet or do non-curricular things while in the lab - When left to their own devices, we often see damage done to the labs, accidental or purposeful. If your students are done with their task, they need to be doing an approved activity.
  4. Students should be monitored at all times - Our labs have a very easy way to do this. You can log-in as username: ard and password: jms*ard. Once there, click on Remote Desktop and reenter the password (jms*ard) and you can now view and even take control of every computer in the lab. Tech can show you how to do this if you aren't certain.
  5. If you notice damage, report it - There is a sheet in every lab to write down issues the lab has. Log those issues on the sheet and tech will investigate and repair. Call tech for any emergency issues (such as machines not turning on, etc).
  6. No food or drinks in the lab.


JMS has two new Chromebook carts. These carts are available for general checkout. However, unlike our other carts, these carts are half carts (18 chromebooks), specifically designed for smaller classes or larger classes that only need computers for every other student. Check them out and let technology know what you think!

Need a "clicker" for your slides? Have a smartphone?

Check out an app called DeMobo slides. It's available in both the Apple Store and the Google Play Store and it's free. As long as your phone and computer are on the same network (ISD 11), you can load and play through slides from virtually anywhere. Check out the video below to see some of the features.
De Mobo Slides Tutorial, Use Your Phone as a Presentation Remote

Audio Enhancement Tips and Tricks

Following are some tips and tricks for the devices:

  1. Use the system daily
  2. Wear your microphone 4-6 inches below your chin
  3. Charge your microphone nightly (using the supplied batteries)
  4. Speak at a normal conversation volume
  5. Don't turn up the volume too high. If you can hear your voice, it's too loud. Have another adult in the room set the volume

You CAN adjust the volume of your student microphone. The first picture below will tell you how!

Did you know that you can play sound from external devices (like iPads or phones) through your audio enhancement system? Using a 3.5 mm audio cable, you can connect a device to either the amplifier (the mounted device) in your room OR to either of your microphones! See the second picture below for details.

If you have any questions or concerns about your device, please let me know as soon as possible.

Note on the third picture below specifically how to plug in your device to charge it overnight. If you do it incorrectly, it will damage the device and void the warranty.

Want to try Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is a great way for teachers to share and interact digitally with an entire class.

What does Google Classroom do?

  • Automatically creates a classroom folder for all assignments in Drive
  • Teacher can assign and create assignments for students that will auto-generate a copy
  • Allows teachers to provide timely feedback
  • It is a secure space for class discussions
  • And it allows a teacher to easily track class progress on assignments
  • It allows students to collaborate and discuss assignments
  • Students can work on an assignment on any mobile device

You can get started by going to

Do you or your CT need help getting started? I'm available for training to help set you up and answer any questions you may have. Click on the link here if you are interested in setting it up on your own.
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