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  • Heather Harper 20 Nov 2014 9:25am () in Multiple users on on Chroombooks

    Hi Steve

    Jsut had a quick look at this Pixiclip. Looks good, but can you embed into a blog?

  • Heather Harper 29 Oct 2014 11:57am () in Multiple users on on Chroombooks

    We have Chromebooks that are multiuser Chromebooks. They work really well as all our students have gmail accounts and they use their login.

    The Chromebooks are stored in COWs and then booked out by the classroom teachers. One of the biggest issue has been training the students to log out of their account at the end of the session. Seems to work well with a few firewall issues at times.

    Good luck. They are so light easy to use and power up fast, as well as having a good battery life. Charge overnight lasts the whole day.


  • Heather Harper 20 Oct 2014 2:05pm () in Using Meraki as ipad MDM

    Hi Steve


    I have been going through the process of setting up Meraki and ipads and TTS said that the location seems to always be in Auckland somwhere. Not quite sure why as we are in Hamilton. Is that what you mean?


  • Heather Harper 20 Oct 2014 10:29am () in Toshiba tablets - connecting to TV screen

    Hi Natasha

    If your television has an HDMI port and you have wireless network, you could get yourself a Google Chromecast HDMI media port that connects to your television and works through your wireless. You should be able to use this device to mirror through any Andrioid device.

    I am currently spending time setting one of these up, so will let you know how I am getting on.



  • Heather Harper 12 Sep 2014 8:36am () in Padlet and getting past firewall

    Hi Helen


    Yes we are on N4l but only to access Internet. Watchguard does our filtering so it is definitely Watchguard.

  • Heather Harper 11 Sep 2014 8:46am () in Padlet and getting past firewall

    Some of our teachers are hooked into using padlet and are wanting to put in images and files. We are having great trouble trying to get past our Firewall. My technician and I have put into our Watchguard exceptions for all teh padlet extensions... but we are still gettting an error.

    They can do it at home so we know it is our firewall.

    Can anyone help.

  • Heather Harper 27 Jun 2014 9:37am () in Student user names in the online environment

    Our students use the username that they use at school, which is their christian name and the first two letters of their last name. This works well for all things online, blogs are named with their first name but the address has their username so it is unique. 

    They are encouraged to not give out personal details on their blog as well as we teach Digital Citizenship and giving them the tools and strategies to make the appropriate choices about what they post. All teachers are authors of their student blogs as well.

  • Heather Harper 26 Jun 2014 6:48pm () in share cross classrooms or not?

    We have a COW of Chromebooks and COWs of ipads that are available for classes to book out and use. we are a GAFE school so the students all have their own Google credentials. The students definitely like the ease of using the Chromebooks for Google Drive... Some of the students have their own blogs and find the chromebooks great.

    We have 21 classes of Intermediate students and have so far had no issues with multiple users.

    Biggest issue is making sure that students log out of their Google ID if they are passing on to another student.

  • Heather Harper 19 Jun 2014 12:59pm () in Change school hosted email to GAFE email

    Hi Johan

     I agree with Hamish re Spam. we changed to Google mail...last September and I no longer have to spend time each morning going through the whole school spamm filterfolder.  Our Gmail is synched to our "AD" so that any thing done on our Windows server immediatelt synchs to gmail.

    On your "shared with me" settings after inviting the people you want to share with there is a box to tick and write a message to send an e-mail. Click on that and go send

  • Heather Harper 27 May 2014 8:57am () in Chromebooks

    I got a couple of year 8 students to use a  Chromebook and an ipad and then give me a review of both. They were thorough and it was interesting what they said. They preferred the Chromebook for writing and using the keyboard, however disappointed that it didn't have a back camera. Interesting they said that ease of use in Google apps really good on the Chromebook.