Broken Profile Danger

Do you log into two or more computers (including laptops) at the same time while you are at school? If so, you run a high risk of breaking your LCS account profile and potentially having multiple issues because more than one machine is attempting to access your information–your profile–at the same time. 

A broken profile can lead to extra-long log in times, issues syncing files and bookmarks, problems accessing H-drive, and sound and printing issues, depending on specifically what parts of your profile break. The problems can only be fixed by having your profile reset, and if you continue logging into different machines simultaneously, your profile will break further. We are seeing more cases of people with broken profiles than ever before; this is the major reason profiles break.

To avoid breaking your profile, only be logged into one computer at a time! If you have a laptop computer attached to a projector, you can still use that laptop to access sites and information without projecting it. The handout showing how to do that can be found at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Fdh_-0RKW-8YWtLCwhiisGUhbsbSGZZG

At this point, almost all teachers have been issued a laptop, and that (and their iPad) should be their primary devices in the classroom. Taking laptops from student carts to have a separate computer hooked to a projector not only impacts student access to devices, but also damages their profile. Effectively using new technology can mean adjusting habits: maybe moving a chair for the teacher near the projector and learning to have different screens active from the same device can prevent a broken profile and provide students more access to our laptops.

 

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Spartan Innovation Exemplar: Lexie Herron

Innovative use of technology isn’t just for teachers in Lexie Herron’s college composition course. The students in her class are challenged to complete a digital essay considering how a concept in their textbook is proven or disproven by the Lima Senior High community.

After reading essays centered around beliefs Americans have, Herron’s students interview members of the Lima Senior community about their experiences and thoughts to determine how those beliefs appear at LSH. “The impact this project has had upon students includes the chance to examine their own school with a new and different lens, and most of all, the project gets them out of their comfort zones,” Herron claims.  LSH’s Technology Integration Coach, Teresa Castellaneta, team taught with Herron to introduce film modes and techniques and assisted with video editing.

The interviews and other aspects of the project become part of a website the students create. Herron explained that the students work with partners for this project, which “forces students to utilize their creativity and collaboration to help each other through this group project to overcome their weaknesses and build new strengths.” The students also write an essay focused on the metacognitive aspects of the process of the project. That essay is not placed on the website, but the reflective pieces are published.

Ultimately, the team presents the project to the class and a panel of judges, people recruited by Herron to give the students constructive feedback about all aspects of their project and the presentation. Students field questions from the judges and classmates about their ideas as well as the process of researching and creating the various parts of the presentation.

Herron developed this project as part of a University of Findlay course, which was funded by a Library of Congress grant. The Lima Senior students in Herron’s class earn college credit for completing this English course. Because of this project and other ways Herron routinely utilizes technology, she is definitely one of Lima City Schools’ Innovation Exemplars!

 

 

How to Extend Your Computer Monitor onto a Projector

If your computer or laptop is connected to a projector you can use your computer while projecting other content on via your projector. The process is simple, but you will want to try it before you intend to do it in front of your class.

Click on the Action Center icon in the lower right of your screen.

Project is one of the tile options. If you don’t see the project option but the word “Expand” is located where “Collapse” is on the image, click Expand. Click Project.

Several options are available on the Project menu. To have the projector show something different than your computer screen shows, click Extend.

 

Once you have done that, the screen that is projected is different than what is showing on your screen. Move your cursor to the right or left until you see which direction it connected. On your main screen, open what you want to project, then click and hold to drag a different site/screen onto the projector and interact with it independently of whatever is shown on your computer screen.

*To disconnect the second screen, click PC screen only.

 

Here’s a video of the process: 

 

Last, here’s an article and video to help you do this:

How to Use Windows 10 to Project Your Screen to a Different Display

…and now for something completely different: Digital Photography at Christmas

My sisters and I standing in front of our Christmas tree circa 1967. This photo was taken on a Kodak Brownie Reflex camera using 127 mm film and retouched to adjust color and contract fading using Adobe Photoshop.

One of the best parts of Christmas–or vacations, reunions, or maybe life in general–is looking at photos to remember the good times. Thanks to technology, creating those memories is easier than ever. Most cell phones take better pictures than the point and shoot Kodaks of previous eras, but knowing how to use them and how to shoot a visually strong photo makes all the difference. Getting great shots involves both knowing how to use your equipment and knowing how to compose a memorable picture. The articles below offer suggestions that may help.

The basics, especially for shooting with a phone:  https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/good-pictures-phone-tips   Different brands of phones offer different features, but there are many commonalities so this is a good start. This article explains some basics. Looking up articles or videos about the camera on your specific phone will offer more specific directions.

Photographing Christmas lights:  https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/photography-tutorials/how-to-take-great-photos-of-holiday-lights  Photographing lights can be challenging. This article offers a variety of practical hints for getting the shot you want

Pictures of groups of people:  https://expertphotography.com/great-group-photo/ Holiday get-togethers lead to pictures of people gathered together. Candids can be fun, but learning how to take an outstanding group picture makes the memories even better.

This adorable picture of Mrs. Claus reading to my young cousins would be better if I had taken it from a slightly different angle so the Christmas tree was in the background.

Google photos: here are guides for Google photos, which you are probably using if you’re shooting with an Android camera or you have your photos backing up to Google.

                             The Beginner’s Guide to Google Photos https://www.theedublogger.com/google-photos-guide/

                              Get Started with Google Photos https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6220402?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

Apple (iPad/iPhone) photos: A variety of hints and how-tos specifically for Apple users is on the Apple site https://support.apple.com/explore/taking-managing-photos  

 

 

Spartan Innovation Exemplars: Taylor Halliday and Beth Bartels

Mrs. Bartels (standing) watches students coding Dance Parties on the Hour of Code website.

Liberty teachers Beth Bartels and Taylor Halliday fearlessly left their comfort zones to encourage students to explore computer logic during Lima City Schools’ Hour of Code celebration.

Bartels and Halliday run an Explorer group focused on careers at Liberty Arts Magnet. After they attended the Staff Hour of Code event in November, they realized that coding as a career would be an excellent program for their Explorers. The first stage of the meeting involved the students creating and “running” a live-action program using signs and a grid taped on the floor. With the help of LCS Technology Integration coach Jeannine Jordan, the students were introduced to programming loops and if/then statements in a giggle-filled simulation. Following that, the students and the teachers explored the Hour of Code site, trying a variety of programs.

Mrs. Halliday (far right) sampled the Hour of Code site too and compared notes with students about which exercises she found most challenging.

Both teachers use regularly use technology in their classrooms, especially Schoology. For example, paper and pencil reviews have become Schoology assignments in Halliday’s dance class, and Bartels’ drama classes often record performances for sharing and critique.

Mrs. Bartels, Mrs. Halliday and the students had a great afternoon exploring coding via the live-action game and the Hour of Code website. To see the options on the website, go to http://wordpress.limacityschools.org/hourofcode/– and if you are interested in trying the live-action game, contact Jeannine at jjordan@spartan.limacityschools.org for further info.