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  • Dave Winter 10 Apr 2014 8:07pm () in Using a google doc to create a QR Code

    Another way around I recommend is to publish the document with whatever sharing you want and then have the qr code link to that. They can publish from the file menu as in the picture below. Copy the resulting url and use a qr code creator. Publishing turns the Doc into more of a web page without the editing frame and controls.


  • Dave Winter 30 Jan 2014 12:08pm () in Purchasing cromebooks for 1:1 computing

    Here are the boxes we use. They are designed to hold 5 devices and there chargers.

    They are easily carried by most year 5 students. We have added some ipearl cases that help identify the chromebooks in groups.

    the chromebook sets

  • Dave Winter 29 Jan 2014 1:53pm () in Collect and document serial numbers of Chromebooks

    How to add a #Chromebooks serial to a google spreadsheet using a barcode scanner : Here is a great way to register chromebooks using a google spreasheet and a barcode scanner.

  • Dave Winter 05 Dec 2013 8:28am () in Google Drive issue

    There is an archive folder that you could try

    Tips to find items in your Google Drive

    If you can't find an item in your Google Drive, it doesn't necessarily mean that the owner deleted it. Try searching for an item in the following ways:

    • Check different Google Drive sorting options, such as Last modifiedLast opened by me and Title.
    • Search your Google Drive. Try this option if you're confident that you know a good search phrase since Google Drive search doesn't allow partial matches and won't show results if a word is misspelled or if the search terms are too specific and doesn't allow partial matches.
    • Check your email history for a sharing notification or link to the item, if you don’t own the doc or file. It's possible that you unsubscribed from that item in your Google Drive.
    • Complete the Missing Documents Troubleshooter.

    Restore items from the Trash that haven't been permanently deleted

    If the owner of a doc or file moved it to the trash, and the trash hasn't been emptied, it's possible for the owner to recover the doc or file.

    1. Go to drive.google.com
    2. Click Trash in the left navigation.
    3. Locate the item you'd like to move back to Google Drive, and check the box next to the title.
    4. Click the More drop-down menu.
    5. Select Restore from trash. This will restore the item back to the owner’s Google Drive, as well as to any collaborator’s Google Drive.

    Viewers, commenters, and editors aren't able to recover anything, as they don't have the ability to trash or permanently delete items that they don't own. Contact the owner to regain access to an item or to ask them if they're able to recover an item from the trash.

  • Dave Winter 26 Nov 2013 11:40am () in Use Chrome book with Flatscreen TV

    Hi Allanah and Sarah I have had some good experiences with chromecast at home. Our attempts to get this working in our school network has not been so successful with the aerohive wireless. I think the connection requires ad-hoc and multicast provision something that is not present on most enterprise wireless networks. We will have another go shortly and I will get back with the results.

  • Dave Winter 15 Oct 2013 3:14pm () in Recording Voice on the Chromebook

    Have had a look at a few ways of doing this with the best one I can see at the moment being Twisted wave https://twistedwave.com/online/ You can add this application to your google drive https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/twistedwave/lhjkhabkkillndljkhedpfldghbpljij?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon . It is a little bit like a limited version of audacity and relies on flash to work. One of the nice features is that you can save to google drive and import to google drive perfect for chromebook workflow. About to hav a look at audio boo. What is everybody else using?

  • Dave Winter 09 Oct 2013 2:35pm () in Amanda Signal - Rocks scratch at Ulearn13

    There are a whole lot of teachers programming scratch. 

    Here is a link to the site she used with some starter tasks or fun in other words.


  • Dave Winter 11 Sep 2013 9:52am () in Made on a Chromebook

    Hi all, We have been putting together a sample of things made in chrome or a chromebook to share and build capability in the community and to understand what we can and can't do. It is an open Presentation so please feel free to contribute your ideas and student learning.


  • Dave Winter 09 Sep 2013 8:59pm () in Cloud Storage worries

    Hi Monika and Megan,

    Google offers the following promises of privacy and security. With the currency of PRISM the NSA etc there maybe a section of our communities concerned with the use of the cloud. We haven't had too many issue so far. I see chromebooks as adding security and protection for student over other device types.

    Everything is backed up

    All data is automatically backed up on Google servers. So when accidents happen – if a computer crashes or gets stolen – you can be up and running again in seconds.

    You own and control your data

    Any data you put into Google Apps is yours, and it says just that in our contracts. Your information is safe from other organisations, even though it's all on the same servers. Apps’ powerful, easy-to-use tools help administrators manage things like users, documents and services, and keep track of usage and data via dashboards. And of course you fully own the data, not Google.

    Increased security and reliability

    Our data centers are designed and built for our applications and don’t include unnecessary hardware or software. This reduces the number of potentially exploitable vulnerabilities. We guarantee 99.9% uptime*and build-in robust disaster recovery, so you don’t even have to worry about natural disasters.

    Strong encryption and authentication

    Google Apps offers an extra layer of security with two factor authentication, which greatly reduces the risk of hackers stealing usernames and passwords. We also automatically encrypt browser sessions with SSL for Apps users without the need for VPNs or other costly, cumbersome infrastructure. This helps protect your students and teachers’ data as it travels between your browser and our data centers.Learn More

    Our team is constantly improving your security

    Our large information security team constantly monitors our global network of data centers. Many have advanced degrees and are thought-leaders who are defining our industry’s info-security practices. Google Apps and our data centers are also SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 Type II SOC 2-audited1 and have achieved ISO 27001 certification2.
    1SSAE 16 / ISAE 3402 is an auditing standard by which a third-party auditor evaluates the controls in place for physical and logical security, privacy, incident response, and more.
    2ISO 27001 is an industry standard security evaluation certified by Ernst & Young CertifyPoint.

    Your privacy is respected.

    Google Apps is governed by a detailed Privacy Policy, which ensures we will not inappropriately share or use personal information placed in our systems. Google complies with applicable US privacy law, and the Google Apps Terms of Service can specifically detail our obligations and compliance with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) regulations. Google is registered with the US-EU Safe Harbor agreement, which helps ensure that our data protection compliance meets European Union standards for educational institutions

  • Dave Winter 09 Sep 2013 8:52pm () in Google are running Chromebook roadshow

    Kia ora New Zealand Schools,

    Interested in Google computers for your school? Google is running a free road show this month and invites you to come along and learn how Chromebooks can enhance learning outcomes, lower management costs, and enhance a BYOD strategy at your school. Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, and classrooms using Google Apps for Education.

    There are four events:

    - Hawke's Bay: 17 September, 2:30-4:30pm

    - Auckland: 18 September, 2:00-4:00pm

    - Christchurch: 23 September, 2:30-4:30pm

    - Dunedin: 24 September, 3:00-5:00pm

    To find out more and register to attend a Google Road show go to




    Adam Naor I Chromebooks for Education, APAC I 61-2-9374-4464