Gmail (Email System)
The best place to get help with your GMail or any of the Google Apps is through the Google Apps Help. This can be accessed either through your GMail account or through a Google search.
To access the help through your Google Account select the Help link at the top right hand side of the Google mail screen.
District Technology is encouraging teachers to use their Google Sites to great usable web sites for their classrooms. The Google Sites application is one of the easiest site creation applications available. Teachers no longer must concern themselves about finding a hosting service for their sites; Google provides that for you. Teachers can create multiple web sites, each serving a different function.
Google Sites Help is by far the best support and help one can find for creating sites. Once you have logged into your Google Sites application you can select the "Help" link on the top right hand of the page to find complete instructions on creating Google Sites. Google has placed a strong focus on supporting educational needs with regards to sites. Take a look at their link "Sites for Teachers" to get some site topic ideas. Teachers can create up to five sites a week. I am unsure of the total amount of sites a teacher can create.
To see some examples of Google Sites created by teachers select the following link:
You can view different sites by changing the number 1 at the end of the URL to a different number; the range goes from 1 to 34.
Open Source Software
We are strong supporters of OpenSource and free software. You might wonder, "What is OpenSource software". In the most simplest of terms its free software . . . yes, we said free! It has a much greater purpose than that though.
Open-source software (OSS) is computer software that is available in source code form for which the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that permits users to study, change, improve and at times also to distribute the software. Some open source licenses meet the requirements of the Open Source Definition. Some open source software is available within the public domain. Open source software is very often developed in a public, collaborative manner.
UTIPS provides a low cost internet-based formative assessment engine for teachers in the state of Utah that will allow them to adjust their classroom instruction to improve student competencies in CORE areas prior to end of level CRT testing.
WCSD Technology has created some help videos listed below. Additional help for UTIPS can be found by accessing the Tutorial link at the bottom of the UTIPS home page.
Wireless Network (WiFi)
Instructions: WCSDaccess Wireless Instructions