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G Suite Drive File Stream - NEW

posted Oct 17, 2017, 8:52 AM by Alan Pearson   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 8:57 AM ]

G Suite Drive Livestream

New G Suite Drive File Stream will be replacing Google Drive soon.  You can update your Windows or Mac Drive client HERE and read more about these changes to Google Drive HERE.  
If you would like to understand more about Google Drive storage in the cloud and how you can sync your files to your local computer or device, click HERE.

What's new in Classroom?

posted Aug 2, 2017, 1:39 PM by Alan Pearson   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 9:44 AM ]

Google Classroom Icon
Google has added new features to Classroom frequently. This page provides a description of each new feature and a link to more information on using it in Classroom. Check this page each month to see what we've added.

Google Drive Storage & Sync Software

posted Apr 5, 2016, 6:59 AM by Alan Pearson   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 6:59 AM ]

All file types can be stored in Google Drive and do not have to be converted to Google Docs.  
Storing your files in the local Google Drive folder (using Google Sync) on multiple devices (PCs, tablets & smart phones) will give you backup copies of your most important files.  

Google for Education 101 (in 101 seconds)

posted Dec 31, 2015, 6:22 PM by Alan Pearson   [ updated Dec 31, 2015, 6:30 PM ]

YouTube Video

YouTube Access

posted Oct 16, 2015, 12:27 PM by Alan Pearson   [ updated Oct 16, 2015, 12:52 PM ]


MCSD faculty and student access to YouTube is now available.  Gain access to "Google and faculty approved" educational videos by logging in with your Google accounts.  Faculty members are now able to approve additional educational videos they need for their classroom by logging in with their account.  For a list of faculty approved YouTube videos, please click here.  For more details, see your School Technology Coordinator.

What is a Chromebook, anyway?

posted May 13, 2015, 12:33 PM by Alan Pearson   [ updated May 13, 2015, 12:41 PM ]


What is a Chromebook, anyway? (read more)

Chromebook 101

You can think of a Chromebook as an Internet-dependent laptop that starts up super fast (roughly 7 seconds, or a fraction of the time it takes to boot an older model Windows-based computer). When you turn on the Chromebook you’ll notice the only native app is the Google Chrome Internet browser. And that’s pretty much your key to all that is Chromebook. Everything else is composed of Web apps (email, photos, documents), or apps that run while you’re connected to a network. 

Chromebook Offline

Most Chromebooks can connect to the Internet with both Wi-Fi and 3G, but there are times when you simply can’t find a Wi-Fi signal. Fortunately, there are workaround for plenty of routine tasks. You can still compose and read emails with Gmail Offline and wordprocess with Google Drive Offline. The offline apps will automatically sync and save when your computer has an Internet connection. Listed below are the tasks that Chrome OS can manage without Internet connection:

  • Check calendar for appointments               
  •                                                                                                          Write emails with Gmail Offline
  •                                                                                                          Create and edit documents with Google Drive
  •                                                                                                          Listen to music (you can store music on Chromebook’s internal hard drive)
  •                                                                                                          Note taking with Google Keep
  •                                                                                                          Save webpages for offline reading

Google Classroom Information

posted Sep 10, 2014, 12:19 PM by Alan Pearson   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 9:29 AM ]

MCSD has a new Google application called "Google Classroom".  It is available now for teachers who would like to create online courses and post assignments, etc.  To request access go to the Classroom Login Page.  Login with your MCSD Google Account.  As soon as request has been approved, you will be able to create course titles for any or all of the courses you teach.  You can invite students who are allowed to have MCSD GMail accounts to join your class.  For more information, go to "Introducing Classroom" .  If you have any questions, see your School Technology Coordinator or submit a ticket to the MCSD Support Helpdesk.
Other links for information on Classroom: Classroom Help Center

Follow MCSD on Twitter

posted Mar 3, 2014, 10:04 AM by Alan Pearson   [ updated Mar 3, 2014, 10:12 AM ]

Monroe County School District has a new Twitter account for posting important information and events about the district and our schools. 

Google Drive (Document Cloud Storage)

posted Mar 2, 2014, 7:04 PM by Alan Pearson   [ updated Mar 14, 2014, 7:14 AM ]

Google Drive is a great way to save important files and documents in the "cloud" of our MCSD Google Apps system.  By installing Google Drive on your school workstation, home PC, iPad and other devices, you can have "synced" copies of those documents available on any computer device you are using.  Whether at home, school or on your mobile device, you will have updated copies and access to your important "stuff".

MCSD Teachers' Google Web Sites

posted Feb 28, 2014, 9:23 AM by Alan Pearson   [ updated Feb 28, 2014, 9:32 AM ]

Here is a preview of a few of our MCSD teacher web sites.  They are using Google Sites to create a presence on the web for their classroom.  Great job!  If there are other MCSD faculty classroom web sites, please let us know so we can post those here also.

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