End of year technology preparation - 2018

posted May 15, 2018, 5:57 AM by Jeremy Noyes

NOTICE FROM THE IT DEPARTMENT - End of School Year Preparation - Technology


As the end of the school year approaches please make sure you follow these instructions to prepare district technology for the summer.


  • All WMRSD teacher technology devices need to be turned in for the summer unless you have a full year or extended contract. (Laptops, Ipads, Cameras, etc.) We will be re-imaging teacher laptops the week of June 25th.  If you are teaching summer school (Title 1 or ESY) or are involved in district professional development you still need to turn in your laptop.   You will be issued a laptop as needed with administrator approval. If needed, please go to helpdesk.sau36.org and click on the link “Teacher Summer Laptop Request Form”.


Please return them to the following locations:

WMRHS - Aric’s office, LES - Server Room in Library, WES - Library,JES - Library


  • Most laptops, ipads, and chargers should already be labeled underneath, if they are not please label them with masking tape first initial, last name (amoody).  Please enter any technical issues with your laptop into the Help Desk before you turn it in.


  • All 6-8 Student 1-1 Chromebooks should be returned to the carts and the carts should be locked. (Please be sure to leave your Chromebook Cart Key with the Office)  9th and 10th Grade Chromebooks will be returned to Aric’s office on June 14th.


  • All PLTW Ipads should be returned to the carts and the carts should be locked.


  • Elementary Teachers: All classroom laptops or desktops used by your students should stay in your rooms and will be collected by IT after school gets out.


  • Make sure all your important files have been backed up to Google Drive.  This will ensure you have access to your files from home and available next year.  If you need an additional backup location you may backup to a USB thumb drive.  Laptops and desktops will be reloaded or replaced this summer and your files on them will be GONE.   If you need help backing up your files, Aric, Alex, and I would be happy to help you, however please don't wait until the last possible minute to do so.  


  • Important:  Next year there will not be an H: Drive.  All staff MUST upload files they want to keep to Google drive.  Your H: drive will not be active next year.


  • If you have desktop/laptop computers in your room.  Please make sure that the area is free of garbage, papers, disks, etc.  These items typically get thrown away during the summer cleaning process.   Turn off desktops and unplug power and network cable from the wall.


  • This time of year is also a good time to go through your email and delete any emails that are no longer needed.  


Checklist

▢  - I have backed up my needed files to Google Drive.

▢  - I have ensured that my laptop or other technology devices and its power supply are labeled.

▢  - I have turned in my laptop and other technology devices (Including all power supplies)

▢  - I have shut down my classroom computers and unplugged the power.

▢  - My projector is turned off and my remote is labeled with my room number and put away where it will not get lost.


Reset HP Probook with internal / non-removable battery

posted Jan 31, 2018, 11:08 AM by Jeremy Noyes   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 11:10 AM ]

Many times in the past I have asked users to unplug their laptop and remove the battery which takes care of many power related laptop issues.  The problem is many of today's modern laptops include a non-removable battery.   This means you can't simply remove the battery to reset the laptop.   Instead try the following, which works for most laptops including the HP Probook G4 series.  
  • Unplug the power from the laptop
  • Press and hold the power button for 20 - 30 seconds
  • Plug the power back in and press the power button once to turn back on
This this doesn't work it is not a simple fix and an service ticket should be created.


How to move files from your H: Drive to Google Drive

posted Oct 2, 2017, 5:36 AM by Jeremy Noyes

Welcome Alex Kittridge to our IT Team

posted Aug 31, 2017, 4:47 AM by Jeremy Noyes


Please help me in welcoming Alex Kittridge to our IT team.  Alex will be supporting classroom technology including but not limited to, Interactive Projectors, Ipads and our Chromebook 1-1 initiative.  


Summer IT Work

posted Aug 31, 2017, 4:43 AM by Jeremy Noyes

A lot goes into getting technology ready for the new school year including imaging computers with software.  

End of year technology preparation 2017

posted May 26, 2017, 10:28 AM by Jeremy Noyes

End of Year Prep 2017


Helpful Google Doc Tools

posted Oct 18, 2016, 6:55 AM by Jeremy Noyes


Google has embedded some very helpful tools for students and teachers into its Google Docs platform.  Take a look at the above graphic.

  • Spelling - Everyone uses this feature, nothing new here.

  • Research - Clicking on research allows you to research a topic right from within your document.  

  • Define - Another part of research, allows you to search dictionary terms right from your document.

  • Document Outline - Automatically creates an outline of your document based on formatting such as bold or underline.  

  • Word Count - Self explanatory but great tool for students.

  • Voice Typing - Newer feature that allows you to use your voice to type into the document.  Great tool for those with accessibility needs or requirements.

Saving to Google Drive in Windows 10

posted Sep 7, 2016, 6:10 PM by Jeremy Noyes   [ updated Sep 7, 2016, 6:12 PM ]

I have updated our video on how to save to Google Drive now that we have Windows 10 on most of our computers.  Please feel free to watch the updated video.  Enjoy!

YouTube Video


Meet our new tech Aric Moody!

posted Aug 20, 2016, 5:37 PM by Jeremy Noyes

Please join me as we welcome Aric Moody to our IT staff.  Aric comes to us with 4 years supporting the IT needs in SAU58.  He is excited to pick up where Joey left off in supporting your technical needs.  Aric's first day will be September 6th, although you may see him before then as I bring him up to speed with IT environment of SAU36.  

Duplicate your display to projector

posted Aug 16, 2016, 4:56 PM by Jeremy Noyes

Sometimes when you connect your computer to a projector the image on the projector is blank or just a blue.  If this happens to you, click the Windows Key on your keyboard (4 wavy squares with a circle around it) + the "P" Key.  On the menu that displays, click "Duplicate".  This will ensure what is on your laptop screen will also be on your projector.  

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