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Apps Currently Supported

Information and tips about apps that are currently in use and supported at Brewster Academy.

Play any DVD on your Mac with VLC

Have you ever tried to play a DVD on your Mac only to have your computer ask you to change the ‘Region Code’? Continue reading “Play any DVD on your Mac with VLC”

Troubleshooting Web-Based Apps like Rosetta Stone & Aplia

Clearing  cookies and cache has been known to help load site content from Rosetta Stone and Aplia

There are times when a website will not load correctly, web images do not appear as they should  or a site just stops working.  A quick fix is to do a clean up in your web browser.

Continue reading “Troubleshooting Web-Based Apps like Rosetta Stone & Aplia”

Faculty Spotlight: Doug Kiley and Google Classroom

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Faculty Spotlight: Tom Owen and Google Forms for Guided Practice

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Faculty Spotlight: Rob O’Blenis and Doceri for iPad

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Curricular Technology Faculty Posters

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 TechonTap-Poster Mosaic

Online Course – Foreign Language Department

Google Earth Tours – Bruce Gorrill

Safe Exam Browser – Mike Jacobs

Google Classroom – Doug Kiley

Doceri for iPad – Rob O’Blenis

Wolfram Alpha – Chris Hafner

Google Forms- Tom Owen

Edpuzzle – Doug Kiley

iMovie Tutorials

You can find Brewster’s iMovie Tutorials at this YouTube Playlist:

iMovie Video Tutorials

Uploading Audio to Google Classroom

  1. Within Google Classroom, create a new assignment and “Click upload a file”
    Uploading a File in Google Classroom
  2. Drag the file into the window or browse your computer to select your “Audio File”
    Drag Files Here
  3. Click the “Upload” button.
    Upload Button
  4. In Google Classroom you should see your Audio File
    View your uploads
  5. If you or your students click on the file name, they will see this screen:
    Play Audio
  6. When the “Play Button” is clicked, the user may be prompted with an option to select a method of playing the file. You have the option of downloading the audio file or playing it in the browser. If you want to play in the browser, you must first connect an “Audio App”- to do so select “Music Player for Google Drive”
  7. You will be prompted to accept Google Permissions, Click “Accept”
    Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 9.01.21 AM
  8. The Audio file should be converted (this will not effect your original file)
    Music Player

Google Classroom Additions

Google has released iOS and Android apps to accompany its Google Classroom web platform. Right from the assignment page in the mobile app, students can snap a photo and attach it to their assignment. Students can also easily attach images, PDFs and web pages from other apps on their phone or iPad to their assignments.


Google Classroom has also launched a new teacher assignments page, with quick access to any assignment, track reviewed ones and see how many students have completed assignments.

Google Classroom Assignments

Lastly, classes can now be archived, so that classes that are no longer active can be taken off the home page and make it read-only. Free to download, the Google Classroom apps are available for anyone with a Google App for Education account.

See full announcement plus a few video tutorials

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