How to fix student log ins for SAM/RI/RC/MI

Check that the student exists in SAM

First, check that the student has been added to Student Achievement Manager (SAM). Sign in to SAM. On the left, click on your building and then your name. Look for the student’s name.

Students are automatically added to SAM a day or two after they receive a schedule in StudentInformation. Let me know if it has been 3 or more days after the student has a schedule in StudentInformation and they are not added to SAM

Verify the student’s username and password

A student’s username is all of the characters to the left of the of their email address.

When the student is entering their username and password, check that there aren’t any spaces before or after their username and password.

Is the student enrolled in any of the SAM products?

I can automatically add the student to SAM, but I don’t know which products in SAM that they will be using. You will need to enroll the student in the products that the student will be using.

Find the student by using the navigation on the left in SAM. Click on your building, and then your name (under teachers). A list of students assigned to you will show up at the bottom. Find the student and double-click on their name.

On the right, SAM will show the products in which the student is currently enrolled.

If the box is blank, or you want to verify the products, click on Manage Enrollment in the upper right.

Check the products the student will be using:

Click Save & Return when finished.

Google’s phishing warnings in Gmail

I’ve been asked about a warning showing up in Gmail that looks like this:

It is part of Google’s anti-phishing campaign to warn Gmail users when an email may not be what it claims. In this case, Public Schoolworks sends out informational emails with Mrs. Penczarski’s name attached to it. Since Gmail hasn’t seen an email from Mrs. Penczarski with the Public Schoolworks email address, Gmail warns you to be careful.

In this particular instance, it is a valid email. Others may not be, so you will need to scrutinize emails when the phishing warning is displayed. Also, be especially wary of clicking on any links or sending a reply. When in doubt, forward the email to me and I’ll check it out.

Text issues with sites on the Chromebooks

There has been some issues with text overflowing on web sites into areas they shouldn’t be, like this:

magnification gone wild

This is a per user setting, so it will follow the student from Chromebook to Chromebook. To fix the issue you’ll need to check two things as the student logged in to a Chromebook.

1. Chrome magnification

Look in the address bar, on the right side. Do you see a magnifying class like this:

Chrome url magnification

If there is, hold down the control key and hit 0 (that’s zero). The screen magnification will be reset. You can also click on the magnifying glass and select Reset.

2. Web content resizing

There is a web content setting that will change the font size on all of the pages. To check and/or change the this setting will require a visit to the Chromebook settings. Click on the user icon in the bottom right of the screen and select Settings from the menu.

Chromebook - menu

Scroll down on the settings page until you hit the bottom, then click on Show advanced settings…

Chromebook Settings - Show advanced settings

More settings will show up, scroll down to the Web content section.

Chromebook Settings - Web Content

And double check that font size and page zoom match the settings above.

District master sharing account – team documents

As we become more and more reliant on Google and Google Drive, we start to run the risk of losing documents when staff leave the district or change grade levels/departments. The person who owns the document doesn’t realize that if they trash the document, then they trash it for everyone with whom the document is shared.


I’ve created an account, If you are creating documents to share with a group of individuals, you can make the owner, which will make sure the document will always be available. To change ownership, right click on the document and select Share…

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Then click on Advanced in the bottom right corner.

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You can now share the document with

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After the document is shared, you can then set to be the owner.

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Drive will then tell you what will change, you can click Ok.

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Now, even if you trash the document, it will still be available to the other members of the group. When you trash it, Drive will tell you that the document will still be available to the collaborators.

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Using Twitter for Professional Development

Screencast of presentation:

Coming soon!!

The Google Slides presentation:



Google Drive updates

Google is going to transition everyone to the new Google Drive in the next couple of months. Afterwhich, you will lose the ability to go back to the old Google Drive.

Google Apps update alerts: An update on the new Google Drive UI:

For Scheduled release customers, the rollout of the new Google Drive UI as the default user experience will occur in early April (currently planned for April 7, as per the release calendar).

In the first half of May at the earliest, we’ll remove the option to return to the old Drive UI via the Settings drop down. At least two weeks before the removal of the option to return to the old Drive UI, we will show a notification in the Drive UI about the upcoming change.

Please note that the new Drive UI does not work with older unsupported browsers prior to and including Chrome 23, Firefox 23, IE9 and Safari 6, so it’s important to upgrade to a supported browser to ensure continued access to Drive.

New Google Drive looks like this:

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Old Google Drive:

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