Connecting a MacBook Laptop to a Projector

This post covers the basics on how to connect a MacBook Pro Laptop to a projector.  If you would like to download or print out a one page sheet to keep handy or to leave with your lesson plans for a substitute teacher click here.

Connecting a MacBook Laptop to a Projector

Make sure your laptop is connected to a power source (especially for long presentations).  With the HDMI cable No Adaptor is needed.  Connect the black cord to the HDMI port located on the right side of the MacBook Pro in the center input (see below).  With HDMI video and audio go through the same cable so there is no separate hookup for audio. Now Turn on the projector with the classroom remote.

Sometimes, additional steps may be required for an image to be displayed from your laptop.

If an image doesn’t project and you see a blue screen with a “No Input” message, disconnect the HDMI cable from your laptop, wait 5 seconds and then reconnect.  If the image still does not appear make sure that all the wires have a good connection.

Most Common Issue: If you do see an image, but it does not match your laptop screen click on the apple in the upper left of your screen and select System Preferences.  Next click on Displays.

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Click on the Arrangement tab and make sure that the Mirror Displays box is checked.

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 1.13.45 PMAnother common problem: If you see a no input message on your screen press the Source button on the projector remote.  

Reminder: Here is a one page sheet that you can download or print out if you want to keep it handy or leave with your lesson plans for a substitute teacher.

Click here for Apple TV tips

End of Year Tech Details for Students and Parents

Below you will find important details about how to handle your files and accounts in eBackpack, Google Drive, and Veracross.  Please be sure to read the entire post.

eBackPack – access to eBackpack will end June 29 – Grades 6-9

For students who are graduating or leaving Pike – all files will be erased after June 29th.  

  • Any file in the “My Files” area that students want to save should be moved to the E-Portfolio area.  All other files will be deleted.
  • If you want to save assignments turned into the teacher.
    • Navigate to that assignment.
    • Open the file that you turned in.
    • Click the “share square” and then move it to Notability or Google Drive.
  • Any file in the E-Portfolio area will remain available as read-only next year for returning students.

Google Drive – Grades 4-9
Access for graduating or leaving students ends June 29th

Access for returning students ends August 24

There are two options for saving files.

Option 1 – When you only want to save a few files.

  1. Log into your account on a laptop or desktop (not an iPad).
  2. Select the files you would like to save.
  3. Go to More Actions (three dots) > Download…
  4. Make the appropriate choices for file formats and then click download.
  5. This will download a .zip file containing your documents.  You can open these documents on a home computer.

Option 2 – When you want to save all of your files.

  1. Log into your account on a laptop or desktop (not an iPad).
  2. Then go to Google Takeout
  3. Under “Select data to include”, put a check next to Drive only.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click “next”.
  5. Click “Create Archive” in the “Customize download format” section.
  6. If you have a lot of files, this process will take a good bit of time.
  7. It will say that you will receive an email when it is finished but you won’t because students don’t have access to email.
  8. Instead return to Google Takeout later and choose “Manage Archives” at the top of the screen.
  9. Find your archive and click download.  Your files will be downloaded as a .zip file.  You can transfer these files to a home computer.

Veracross – all grades
Access for graduating or leaving students ends June 28th

  • Reports must be printed before June 28th.  As of June 28, 2015, there will be a $15 fee to receive a copy of your child’s report(s) if you did not download and save or print the report(s) prior to the parent report portal closing.  Please make your check payable to “The Pike School” and send it to the attention of Gale Mender.  After payment is received, you will be provided with a copy of the requested report(s).
    • For your reference, below are the dates that Term 3 reports will become available on Veracross:
    • Lower and Middle School reports will be published on Veracross on Thursday, June 11.
      Upper School reports will be published on Veracross on Monday, June 15.

Access to reports for returning students ends August 1.

  • Reports must be printed before August 1.  As of August 1, 2015, there will be a $15 fee to receive a copy of your child’s report(s) if you did not download and save or print the report(s) prior to the parent report portal closing.  Please make your check payable to “The Pike School” and send it to the attention of Gale Mender.  After payment is received, you will be provided with a copy of the requested report(s).
    • For your reference, below are the dates that Term 3 reports will become available on Veracross:
    • Lower and Middle School reports will be published on Veracross on Thursday, June 11.
      Upper School reports will be published on Veracross on Monday, June 15.

Important – iPad Notability Backup Settings

The most recent update to Notability requires that students re-enable and re-login to Google Drive for backup. These settings are extremely important as they ensure that Notability notes are backed up. This is also a good opportunity to make sure all backup/iCloud settings on the iPad are correct. Please visit the following webpage and walk through these settings with your child. Scroll down and start with the section titled “Notability Settings”. Make sure the settings on the iPad match this section of the site as well as the section titled “iCloud Settings” It is possible that they are already correct, but it is important to double check.

Theater Tour

Yesterday the Student Tech Team got an awesome tour of the Theater.  Not only did we all get to see some of the cool behind the scenes locations, but Mr. Noll gave us some great tips and tricks to help troubleshoot common tech problems that may come up in the theater.  The next time there is a glitch in the theater with sound or something that is on the projector, someone on the Tech Team may be able to come to the rescue.  The most important tip that we all learned is that it is very important to test what you need to do ahead of time to be sure that your presentation will work before the audience has arrived.

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Thanks Mr. Noll!  Everyone especially enjoyed the chance to go up on the cat walk and learn about the lighting and sound above the theater.

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Student Tech Team

Meet the Pike Student Tech Team!

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This spring 12 students in the Upper School are participating in our new Student Tech Team elective.  The team is eager to help the community solve problems and answer technology questions.  To start off, everyone has been working in pairs to compose blog posts and they will be sharing their tech expertise in this space soon.  Leave a comment if you have any suggested topics for the Student Tech Team to investigate in the future.

iOS Security Update 7.0.6

Apple released a new version of their iOS (7.0.6) this week.  The update patches a security flaw in the SSL connection verification part of the iOS. I reccomend all faculty update their iPads and iPhones if you have one.   SSL is the encryption mechanism used when connecting securely to websites. When you enter a password or buy something online, you are relying on SSL to keep your information secure as it is transfered over the internet.

If students ask, we recommend they update as well. Prefereably at home to keep from bogging down our network.

To Update your iOS device.  

-Settings App>General>Software Update

-Follow instructions on device to install update

Import the Day Schedule and Pike Calendar into Google Calendar

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Not sure whether it is day 7 or day 2?  Want to know what is going on at Pike?  You can kill two birds with one stone.

  1. Click here to go to the Pike School Calendar on the Pike website.
  2. Click on the this icon Screen_Shot_2013-09-10_at_2.58.21_PM
  3. Choose “iCall Feed”
  4. Click “ICAL” next to “All Public Calendars on this Page” and choose “Add to Google Calendars” See Below
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  5. Login to Google Calendar with your email and password.
  6. Choose “Yes, add this calendar” in the “Do you want to add this calendar?” box.

Firefox Flash Plugin Issue

If you are using Firefox, you are probably seeing the picture below on many of your websites.   Read on for two options for fixing this.

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Option 1:

When you see the above message, or a video is not playing, look up at the address bar.

Next to the address bar you will see a red icon like this. image_(1)

Click on the red icon. See Picture Below:
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Then choose Always activate plugins for this site.
You will have to do this for each site once.  So, as you visit new sites remember to look for the red icon.

Option 2:

Use Chrome as your browser.  This browser doesn’t seem to have the same issue.