Tech Tips for Teachers

With so much of what we do being reliant on technology, there are little tips and tricks that we can do in order to make our daily lives a bit easier! Now, these tips and tricks only work if we actually know about them. So, by starting to think about what parts of using technology annoy or bother us, we can work together to find solutions that will be beneficial to not only ourselves but our students as well!

Below are some things that I have noticed that annoy me when using technology and I have included fixes to get rid of those minor annoyances…

When You are Using Your iPad Camera as a Doc Cam and the Auto Focus Makes the Image Blurry

A lot of our teachers use the Apple TV to reflect from the iPad as a document camera. This particular problem drives me absolutely crazy because every time your hand goes under the camera, it blurs the image that is being reflected on the TV. To fix this:

  1. Open the camera app
  2. Hold down on the screen until you see “AE/AF LOCK” in yellow at the top of the screen
  3. The screen will stay focused on the paper and will not refocus when you write

When it Takes Forever to Access Commonly Used Websites

This is one of those things that just seems to take forever some days! The solution is to save these websites to your home screen by:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Go the website you want to access
  3. Click the icon at the top right that has an up arrow
  4. Choose “Add to Home Screen”
  5. Check the title and click “Add”

When Students Cannot Recall Their Single Sign-On Information

AH! The frustration of getting our students used to their usernames and password! Especially when they are in the primary grades, we may spend hours each day helping students login. This, while necessary, does take away from our academic time. So, why not save the login information to the student device. Here is how to do that:

  1. Open the settings (grey gears)
  2. Scroll down to “Passwords and Accounts”
  3. Click “Website & App Passwords”
  4. Click the + button
  5. Enter website link, user name and password
  6. Press “Done”
  7. Turn on “AutoFill Passwords”

Clearing the Cache or Browser History

Sometimes we get an error when we try to login to the sites on the CVESD student page. When this happens, the first thing to try is clearing out the browser history. You can do this by following these instructions:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click the book icon at the top left corner of the screen
  3. Click the clock icon Select “Clear”
  4. Choose “All Time”
  5. Quit Safari by scrolling up from the bottom and swiping up

Making QR Codes

A lot of times, we use different websites or even self-created Google Docs or Google Slides. When you are sharing these with your students, you can make QR codes to help students access the sites more quickly.

How to Make a QR Code:

  1. Copy the link to the website you want a QR code for
  2. Use a website like this one https://www.the-qrcode-generator.com/ 
  3. Paste the URL
  4. Download or take a screenshot of the QR code that the website has created

How to Use a QR Code:

  1. Open the camera app on your iPad or iPhone
  2. Align the QR code (you do not need to take a picture of it)
  3. A message will show at the top of the screen
  4. Click on the link
  5. The webpage will open

As you work more and more with technology, you will see that there are little tricks that make using technology way easier! The first step is always to think…”I don’t like how ____ is happening.” The second step is to figure a way to make whatever is in that blank better. I always go to Google first and usually someone has already figured out a fix for whatever it is that is annoying me! If you would like more tech tips and tricks for teachers, check out the PDF, Tech Tips for Teachers.

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