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5 Quick Internet Explorer Tips

As our network changes, so do the settings in Internet Explorer – and these changes can sometimes be very frustrating!!  Here are a couple of quick tech tips to help keep you from going nuts!

 

 

Tip #1 – Solve 90% of computer related tech issues

Did you know that the vast majority of computer related tech issues can be solved by shutting your computer down regularly each night and restarting when you get to school in the morning?  I know, I know, it’s a pain, and sometimes you forget, or sometimes there is just not time to close everything out and shut down…but then…computer issues are a pain too right?  My suggestion??  Make “computer booter” one of the jobs on your weekly job chart.  Instruct students on how to properly shut down computers and laptops each afternoon before they go home and that will lessen some stress on you!

If you’re having computer related tech issues, be sure to report them promptly by calling extension 0220 on your district phone.  What can’t be solved by restarting your computer, can often be solved over the phone!  The help-desk team is here to help, and can often help you solve the issue through remote access to your computer, or a little simple trouble-shooting.  If the help-desk doesn’t know you’re having a problem, then they can’t help to fix it.  So…report those issues!!!

 

Tip #2 – Where did my Favorites Bar go?

Tip #3 – How can I reset my homepage to the LCISD homepage?

Often the text and images that pop up on the MSN homepage are less than student friendly.  To change your homepage:

  1. CLICK HERE to view LCISD’s homepage
  2. Click the small drop down arrow, next to the home icon on your Internet Explorer menu bar
  3. Select Add or change home page
  4. Select Use this webpage as your only home page
  5. Select Yes

**I suggest training a team of 3-4 students in your classroom to make these changes.  Students love to be “Techsperts”!

 

Tip #4 – Opening a new tab

Like many other browsers, Internet Explorer allows you to have multiple webpage tabs open within 1 window.  Simply click the “new tab” icon, next to your web page’s current tab to open.  (or press Control + T on your keyboard)

Tip #5 – Where on earth is the search box?

Internet Explorer 9 now only has 1 “box” at the top.  Users can now use the same “box” to enter either a URL (internet address) or a search term.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

One of the biggest projects the district took on over the summer was the installation of projectors in all classrooms, and we are excited to announce that this project is almost entirely complete! We know that this is a huge help for teachers throughout the district in showing Discovery Streaming, Maps 101, Envision Math and more on the big screen so students can actually see it! But…this did create a new problem…can they hear it?

Sound has now become an issue for many teachers.  The speakers in the projector are not powerful enough to handle an area the size of our classrooms.  To help alleviate this problem the district has speaker bars available  to install on all teacher workstations that can drastically  improve the audio in your room! In order to get the full benefit of the speakers though, we have a few tips that we wanted to share with you.

Tip #1: Make sure you have a speaker bar!

Seems like a no-brainer, right? But if you didn’t know you should have a speaker bar, you probably didn’t know to look for one! If you don’t have one on your teacher work station contact the Help Desk at ext. 0220 or helpdesk@lcisd.org to request one. A work order will be put in and your new speaker bar will soon be installed!

Tip#2: Make sure it is plugged in and on!

The functionality of this device is pretty simple. You probably want to make sure that it appears to be plugged in and that it can be turned on. If it is on you will see a blue light in the center of the speaker bar. If you do not see a light, there is an on/off/volume dial located on the right-hand side…simply twist it clockwise to turn it on.

Tip #3: Check the volume – on the bar AND the computer!

Once you are sure the speaker bar is turned on, check the volume.  There are multiple places you need to check to ensure that your volume is properly adjusted. 

On the bar: As you twist the dial, the volume will go up or down. Set it about midway to start and adjust as you see fit.

On the computer: The volume on the computer is most easily checked in the system tray located at the bottom right of your screen.  Click on the speaker icon and adjust the volume accordingly. You rarely want the master volume on the computer to be above ¾ of the way to full volume. This can often cause distortion.

In the program: There is usually a volume control located in any type of program that you use to play music or video.  Check the volume level and adjust those as well.  Here is an example from Windows Media Player:

You may find it easiest to keep the volume set at a certain level on the computer and then adjust the volume on the speaker bar only.  This way you are dealing with one button instead of many.

Tip #4: Point it in the right direction!

The last tip is directionality.  Make sure your speaker bar is directed toward your audience.  In most cases the computer, and corresponding monitor/speaker, that is being used is located in the corner of a room.  Make sure you are turning the monitor and speaker to face your students.  Also be sure that there are no large objects between the speaker and your students that would block the sound.

Help! I still can’t hear!

If none of these tips help you get to the volume levels you are looking for, your CITS may be able to help you with some additional tips or advice for sound reinforcement for your room!

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