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Split your screen to see two windows at once

Ever needed to see two different tabs or programs at the same time? Are you at your wit's end toggling between two different programs? There is a way you can split your screen so you can see both at once!

To do so, follow these steps.

1. While looking at one of the programs, click the icon near the top right-hand corner of the screen that looks like two squares, one on top of the other. This will shrink the window.

2. Click the gray bar at the top of the window and drag the window as far as you can to either the left or the right. You will see the window change shape and take up half the screen.

3. Open the other program or tab you are looking at and follow these same steps, but drag it to the opposite side of the screen.

4. Now you will be able to view both programs or tabs at once!

For a more visual example, please view the short video above.
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Printable directions for students to access Google Classroom at home

Edmonds School District teachers below is a link to a printable resource to help students access Google Classroom and other Google applications at home. It also walks them through steps to get to the Clever Portal.

In the document, there are four sets of directions: one for accessing Classroom and Google apps with Chrome, one for accessing Classroom and Google apps without Chrome, one for accessing Clever with Chrome, and one for accessing Clever without Chrome.

Please click the link, print and distribute to any student you think could benefit from this.

Printable directions for accessing Google Classroom, other Google apps, and Clever at home

Make web addresses manageable with URL shorteners

If you've ever had to get a lot of people to the same website quickly you may have noticed that typing URLs can be tremendously taxing especially if the site has an address longer than an Alaskan winter! A great way to avoid spreading the alphabetic vomit that is those nasty-long URLs is to use a URL shortener. Here's how to do it:

1. Copy the URL from the site you are trying to get people to access.

2. Go to

3. Paste the link in the box under 'Enter a long URL to make tiny:'

4. You can just click the 'Make TinyURL!' button, which will assign a URL to you, or...

5. You can create a custom alias with any word or phrase you would like after the

6. Click 'Make TinyURL!' and you've got yourself a link anyone can type into their browser!

Accessing the Software Center

Hello, Edmonds School District employees! In this post, we're going to discuss accessing the Software Center to download applications on your computer. To access the center, follow these steps or watch the video tutorial above.

1. Click on the Windows menu in the lower right corner of your screen.

2. This will feel totally weird, but just start typing the word 'Software'

3. The menu will change and you will see an icon for the Software Center

4. Click the icon and you will be taken to the Software Center

5. Double-click any of the applications to download them to your computer

Please note: This will likely not work off district property. Also, if your battery is low you will need to plug your computer in.

Change Sharing Settings in Google Docs

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Here's how to do it:
(For more visual steps, watch the short video above.)

1. Open a new Google Doc, name it, and type any information you wish to share
2. Near the top right corner, click the button that says 'Share' 3. When this box opens, click the word 'Advanced' in the bottom right corner
4. When 'Sharing Settings' opens, click 'Change...' next to 'Private - Only you can access' 

5. Select either 'On - Public on the web' or 'On - Anyone with the link'. If you want them to edit the document, click 'Can view' and change to 'Can edit'. Then click 'Save'.
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Hauntingly good reasons to teach Digital Citizenship

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Our students have never lived in a world without pervasive technology. Every piece of information ever recorded is available just by logging into a device. The term 'Digital Natives' is sometimes tossed around to describe the current generation traveling through our K-12 schools.

Unfortunately, despite the massive comfort students have developed using technology, they also have little understanding of the consequences and implications that can result from using technology inappropriately. In this way, they are digitally naive.

Luckily, there are resources to help! Below are links to some sites to help implement positive digital citizenship lessons into instruction. Above are some videos for educators courtesy of Common Sense Media. Digital Citizenship is also a great topic for morning meetings and can be a great way to connect with individuals.

Our stud…

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No! Not that kind of table! I'm talking about inserting a table into a Google doc.

To do this, create a new, blank Google document.

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Type a question the way you normally would on any assignment.

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Choose a one-celled table.

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