Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Editing Images Using Google Slides

Google Slides is the best app for editing images if you want to stay with Google apps.
It offers more tools than Google docs but it is still basic.

Transparency and colour change allow you to create good transparent backgrounds when publishing.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Ideas for Google Apps

Click on the arrows to view "How To" videos

Check out this PDF book of tips and tricks for Google Docs

Revolutionize Your Classroom With Google Docs

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Google Sketchup

Follow the link to the Sketchup help pages.
Here you will find guides and videos that show you how to use Sketchup for 3D modelling

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Digital Citizenship Survey for Students

Please complete the Netsafe survey by clicking the link below and answering all the questions to the best of your ability.


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Being a good digital citizen is about making good choices, about being KIND to yourself and others.

What does it mean to be a good digital citizen, check out this song that helps you to understand. The words are in the online book below. Start the video, then open the book. The video will play in the background while you sing along.
The chorus is on the last page, you click back and forward.

Pause and Think Online

Monday, 7 April 2014

Digital Citizenship Agreement

There are many students who have not completed their Digital Citizenship Agreements.
To make this easier an online agreement has been created.

Only those students who haven't handed in an agreement need to fill in this form.

Please complete this form with your parents or teacher as they may need to help you to understand what the statements mean.

Parents then need to sign the agreement of  support that will be on the newsletter or on the Digital Citizenship page of the Google website.

Please follow the link to complete the agreement.

Digital Citizenship Agreement

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Booking Library Learning Hub Resources

This How To will show you the steps to book a LIT teacher or the use of technology in the Library/ICT area, now called the Library Learning Hub.

Students and teachers can book, students would ask their teacher before making a booking. 

Workshops can be based around any library, research, technology skill you need to assist with your learning.


  • to complete a task in GAFE but you don't know how  
    • can't work out how to share
    • want to use the research tool but don't know how
    • need help to collaborate on a document
    • help with your Google Drive, finding saving downloading etc
    • how to use Sheets
    • how to use Slides
  • setting up your Auckland Libraries account so you can access online tools for research
  • using OPAC to find book resources
  • video editing 
  • sound recording
These are just a few of the many ways we can help you.

You watch the video to see how to make a booking or follow the steps below.



1. Log into a Chromebook or your account on a PC and open your calendar

2. Click on Quick Add arrow
3. Write Room or your name and purpose

4. After you click Add you need to follow the instructions on the image below.
Click on Rooms to show the resources like you see in the picture.

If the resource you picked says it is unavailable try a different time. You can look on the calendar to see other bookings and find a free time. 
Ask your teacher to have a look for you.

If you can't work this out get your teacher to book a workshop with the LIT teacher. 

Monday, 3 March 2014

Changing User Account Picture

Respect Yourself / Protect Yourself

These are basic to being a good digital citizen. When you are asked for a profile picture online it is best to use an avatar, a picture that represents you, NOT an actual photo of yourself.

Privacy is important, it helps to protect you online.

To save a picture to your Google Drive follow these steps
  1. Open Chrome 
  2. Search and select for picture
  3. Hold down Alt button and click on picture
  4. Select save image as
  5. Select Google Drive in the left hand panel
  6. Rename but DO NOT take off  the extension(.jpg)  this tells the computer what type of file it is
  7. Save

To change your avatar on your account you need to follow these steps on the Chromebook
  1. Sign in to the Chromebook
  2. Click on your account picture on the lower right hand of the screen, this is called the status area
  3. Click on settings
  4. Scroll down until you see your picture under USER
  5. Click on this picture and it brings up a Change picture window
  6. Click on the grey folder
  7. Select Google Drive from the left hand panel
  8. Select the image you saved here and click open 
All done