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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.

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Brewster’s File Server “BA-Files”

Sharing files using Brewster’s High Speed File Server!


Here at Brewster you will often be required to share or upload/download all sorts of different files with your teachers, students or colleagues. No matter the type of file from documents to movies and other such project files, the fastest and safest way to share those files is by utilizing Brewster’s high-speed file sharing server ( Not only is this service many times faster than Google Drive, it’s also backed up regularly by IT Staff. That said it IS NOT a collaborative service like Google Drive/Docs. It is recommended that you do not edit files that live directly on the file server. Continue reading “Brewster’s File Server “BA-Files””

Twitter for Teachers

Twitter can be used in two primary ways in education – to communicate with and engage your students in new ways AND to connect with other educators around the world to share ideas and resources.  Here are a few articles to pique your interest.  If you are new to Twitter and would like some assistance in setting up an account and exploring, don’t hesitate to stop down at the Tech Office to get some assistance.

How to use Twitter in the classroom without compromising your professional relationship with your students
In this article there are lots of links to guide you towards using Twitter as a tool to keep up with subject specific trends, ideas and resources.  Written by Mike Reading who is a Google-certified teacher and has taught in a range of school environments including K-12, high school and a senior college.

Teaching with Twitter: Extending the conversation beyond the classroom walls
Although this article is written by a college professor, I think his ideas could definitely resonate with high school teachers.  David R. Wessner, professor of biology, Davidson College writes “While several studies like this one have demonstrated increased learning gains associated with the use of Twitter, I argue that instructors have not capitalized fully on the most powerful benefit of this social networking platform – the ability to include outside discussants. With Twitter, we can include various people with different areas of expertise in our discussions. We no longer need to be limited by the expertise of the people in our class. We no longer need to limited by the viewpoints or personal experiences of the people in our class. To this end, I have used Twitter in the classroom specifically to engage a larger audience in our class discussions.”

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
Here are a few of the tips from the article:

Provide the class with a running news feed
Subscribe to different mainstream and independent news feeds with different biases as a way to compare and contrast how different perspectives interpret current events and issues.

At the conclusion of a class, ask students to type a 140-character or less summary of what they have learned and perhaps pose any questions to be considered in the next class.

Follow the issues
Bring a little technology into debates by asking the class which issues they would like to follow. Subscribe to relevant hash tags and accounts from all perspectives and compile an updated resource cobbling together as much research as possible.

Set up a foreign language news stream
Keep foreign language students informed of current events from relevant nations while simultaneously challenging them to use their translation skills by keeping a specific news feed.

Chat with industry professionals
Older high school students who need to explore their career options before spiriting away to college benefit from real-world discussions with professionals in paths they’re considering. Twitter helps them connect with primary sources and facilitates educational communication.

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

Displaying Mac Laptop, iPad, or iPhone to an AppleTV

Switching inputs on the classroom projector

Projector Inputs on Remote

Mac Laptop

If your Mac supports AirPlay Mirroring, an AirPlay Mirroring menu appears in the top menu. Turn on mirroring by clicking on the AirPlay icon: Airplay icon and then selecting the room number where you want to connect.

AppleTV Connections

To turn off AirPlay Mirroring, select “Disconnect AirPlay Display”

Airplay disconnect

iPad or iPhone with iOS7 & iOS8

You need an iPad 2 or later or an iPhone 4S or later

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center and press the AirPlay icon.
    Airplay on iOS
  2. Tap the name of the AppleTV you wish to connect to and slide Mirroring to ‘on’.
    Airplay on iOS 2
  3. Slide Mirroring to ‘off’ to disconnect.

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