Self Help

Google Chromebook Help Center
Google provides a very good help center.  It provides information on everything from how to use your chromebook to how to fix common problems.  This is a great place to start if your wanting to learn and or solve a problem.  
Common Problems and Fixes
from the Tech Team

Chromebook Check-In Information

posted May 2, 2018, 10:10 AM by Andy Lohmeyer   [ updated May 2, 2018, 1:29 PM ]

High School
What you need to know:
Step 1: Clean, Inventory, and Inspect Chromebooks
This will take place in your seminar classrooms.  The students will clean the Chromebooks and case then our teachers will inventory and inspect them.  

Step 2: Turn-In Chromebooks
Last day of school the seminar teachers will help you pack your Chromebooks into a ziplock back and store them away for the summer.  

Cleaning Schedule
(the days each seminar will have cleaning kits)

May 14th, 15th, & 16th
May 8th, 9th, & 10th
May 3rd, 4th, & 7th
May 3rd, 4th, & 7th

Middle & Elementary School
What you need to know:
Step 1: Clean and Inspect Chromebooks
Students will clean their own Chromebooks and teachers will perform a quick inspection. 

Step 2: Turn-In Chromebooks
Before students leave verify all Chromebooks are accounted for using inventory number on side of cart/cabinet.  

Cleaning Schedule
(this is when seminar and/or homerooms will have cleaning kits)

May 17th - 8th Grade
May 18th - 4th & 5th Grades
May 23rd - 6th & 7th Grades

Polarr Pro - Free

posted Jan 22, 2018, 2:00 PM by Andy Lohmeyer   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 2:10 PM ]

Polarr Photo Editor a very good option for editing pictures on your Chromebook.  Even better, they offer their PRO version to educational institutions for FREE.  

If you want to read more about Polarr click here.

To get started with Polarr Pro follow the following instructions. 

1) Install the Polarr chrome app (the pro account works on any device including mobile)
2) Go to the following website and create an Polarr account using your or email account.

3) Logon to your email, open message from Polarr, click link inside email verifying account. 
4) Launch Polarr App and complete tutorial
5) Open Polarr Settings by click circle in lower left corner.

6) Sign-in using your newly create Polarr account.  

7) you should be ready to use the app!

Native Video Recorder

posted Oct 10, 2017, 9:29 AM by Andy Lohmeyer   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 9:32 AM ]

New App - Native Video Recorder
We've installed a new app on your chromebooks.  It's called Native Video Recorder and allows you to record video from your webcam directly to your "Downloads" folder.  Please keep in mind your downloads folder isn't part of your google drive.  If you need that video in a project you will need to move it from your downloads folder to your Google Drive using the files app.   Additionally, since it's recording directly to your chromebook it will work even if you don't have an internet connection.  

How to move your video into your Google Drive:
Open "Files" App, Click & Drag video from right side to your "My Drive"
(now your video is ready to be used in Google Classroom or any other app that supports videos)

Clearing Browsing Data

posted Sep 28, 2017, 10:35 AM by Kyleigh Lohmeyer

Clearing Browsing Data

If you need to or your teacher needs you to clear your browsing data here are the steps.
  1. In a open chrome window click on the three stacked dots.
  2. Click on "More tools"
  3. Click on "Clear browsing data"
  4. In the drop down menu next to "Clear the following items from" select "the beginning of time".
  5. Make sure all the boxes that you can check are checked.
  6. Click the blue bottom that reads "Clear Browsing Data".

How to use Classlink

posted Aug 31, 2017, 12:48 PM by Andy Lohmeyer   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 2:49 PM ]

What is Classlink
Classlink is a Single Sign On service that servers as a starting point for all your USD420 provided user accounts.  In addition once you sign into your Classlink site it will remember your passwords allowing you to get into your apps quicker and easier. 

Where do I find it
On chromebooks it's the default page that opens when you launch chrome and/or you can click the classlink button on our district webpage. 

How do I logon and use it
This is what comes up when you visit the webpage.  Click the "Sign in with Google" button.

You will then get a Google Sign In screen.  Sign in using your USD420 email account.

You will then be presented with a list of apps/resources you may have an account for.  From here all you need to do is single click the app you want to use.

Next you will be presented with a logon screen.  Signing on here allows Classlink to save your username/password for future use allowing you to skip this step in the future.  Once you click save on this screen it will automatically sign you in.  

General Tips and/or Additional Features

Update/Delete App Password
If you entered your password wrong OR need to change it for any reason it's very easy.  All you need to do is Right Click the app you need to update and choose "Update Password".  It will then allow you to update or delete the stored password so you can try again. 

Classlink Menu Bar

1) App Library - The app library allows you to add apps to your opening app screen.  This includes USD420 apps as well as public apps provided by Classlink.
2) Search - lets you quickly filter through your classlink apps
3) Edit Mode - lets you fine tune the look and feel of your classlink account
4) Notifications - We don't expect notifications to be used a lot but this is were we could send out alerts of any type. 
5) Help - this is were you can find classlink help
6) Profile - this is where you can edit your user profile.

Classlink MyCloud
The classlink MyCloud is located at the bottom of the opening window.  It's purpose is to allow you to tie multiple cloud storage providers in one place making it easier to find files.

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