Gmail is here!

Starting this morning, Penn Manor has switched to Google for email. Gmail provides some very useful features for making email easier to use and keep up with. This coming school year, I’ll be sharing tips on these features, like how to use labels, filters, stars and more!

Using Your Document Camera With A Student Laptop

If you have it in your lesson plans, Subs can use your document camera with a student laptop connected to a projector. First, have them follow this Tech Tip to connect a student laptop to a projector.

Now, connect the document camera and follow these steps.

  1. Click on the cog in the upper left of the screen on the student laptop.
  2. Type “cheese” in the search bar.
  3. Click on the “Cheese Webcam Booth” icon
  4. Maximize Cheese to make it bigger.


You can position the head of your document camera to get the best picture.

Tech Tip – Print Screen (part 2)

win In Windows

Snipping Tool

Another way to take a screenshot is with the Microsoft Snipping tool. Click on the Windows key on your keyboard, and type “snip”.

 + “snip”

Now click on the Snipping Tool program.


Click “New” and drag a selection around the area you want to capture.



Then you’ll be able to save it or copy it, and you can draw on it too!


mac On Mac

Capture part of your screen

On Mac, press command + shift + 4, and you will be able to drag a box around the part of your screen you would like to capture.
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This will place a new image file on your desktop.


Tech Tip – Print Screen (part 1)

Taking a screen shot can be a very useful thing to do. You can share a snapshot of part or all of your screen with anyone in just seconds.

win In Windows

Print-Screen Paste Method

To capture the whole screen, press the PrtSc key on the keyboard. Or, to capture just one window, hold down Alt and press PrtSc. The key on your keyboard might spell out “Print Screen”, or be abbreviated like this:

Now you can paste the image of your screen almost anywhere. Open a new email, a Word document, or Paint (or any other program where you can paste an image) and press Ctrl + V.


mac On Mac

Capture your entire screen

On Mac, press command + shift + 3 to capture your entire screen.

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This will place a new image file on your desktop.

Tech Tip – Google Forms

Google Forms is an easy way to get feedback or even have a quiz. If you’re a teacher at Penn Manor, you can use your Google account to create Google forms. From, click on the apps menu:  then click on “More”, and then you’ll see a link to “Forms”

It might ask you if you would like a tour, which will walk you through making your first form. Here is a simple example of what you can create with Google Forms.

Shelby Foster created this video demonstrating how you can view responses to your Google forms.

Connect A Student Laptop To Your Projector

Sometimes it can be helpful to show students exactly what they will see on their student laptop before asking them to do something on it.

This IT-Guide will show you how to connect it and set it to mirror like the picture above.

1• Plug in the HDMI cord

On the left side of the student laptop near the front is an HDMI port. Take the HDMI cable out of your laptop and plug it in to the student laptop.

2• Change the display settings

In the upper left of the screen, click the Ubuntu button (cog). In the search box, type “display”, and click the Display icon.

In the dialog that opens, click the “Mirror displays” checkbox.

Now, click Apply in the lower right, and click “Keep This Configuration” to confirm the change.


Here is a quick animation of the steps. I hope you can follow it.

The student laptops will clear these settings on the next reboot, so you’ll need to do this each time you boot it up if you want to use it to project.

Let me know if you find this post helpful by leaving a comment!

OwnCloud made Easy

OwnCloud is the Penn Manor recommended way to keep your files safe. So how can you keep your files on OwnCloud without the hassle of copying files all over the place?

Introducing: The Shortcut! In three easy steps.

This section applies to the operating systems indicated by the icons below.

Step 1

In Windows, open your owncloud folder, and look for a folder that you use often. Right-click and drag that folder to your desktop like so:


Step 2

Select “Create Shortcut Here”


Step 3

Now you can drag files into this folder, which is already on owncloud!


Now, you can easily work from your ownCloud and be sure you’re files are safe, even if something were to happen to your computer.


This section applies to the operating systems indicated by the icons below.
Tux mac

The same thing can be done on Linux and Mac. Here are the minor differences.

In Ubuntu, click and start dragging the folder you would like to make a shortcut to, then press and hold the Alt key. This will give you a similar prompt. Select “Link Here” to create the shortcut which will work the same way as the example above.


On Mac, right click the folder and select “Make Alias”, then drag the link to your desktop.

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Tip of the Week #1 – rename a file

Renaming a file the fast way

This section applies to the operating systems indicated by the icons below.
Tux win

In File Explorer (or Nautilus on Ubuntu), select a file, and press the F2 key on your keyboard. Then you can simply type the new name of the file.


This section applies to the operating systems indicated by the icons below.

Mac has a very similar shortcut. Select a file in Finder, and press the return key. This won’t open the file, but just like the Windows shortcut, just type the new name you’d like to give it and press enter again to save the change.