Thursday, May 12, 2022

Week of May 9th


New Print Shop Ordering Website Coming SOON

We are in the final stages of TESTING our new printshop ordering system.  Please look for a "launch date" coming soon (by the end of the month of May).  Some notable changes and improvements you will find:

  1. Same URL - (or via the Staff Portal)
  2. Direct communication via the system to/from the printshop regarding the status of your order
  3. NO more "shopping cart" - you'll submit each print job request individually
  4. You will receive a "your job is complete" email, letting you know your job is with the courier for delivery.

Please Thank Your Technicians!

Our 10 school technicians (for 17 sites) are working their way through supporting 700+ certified staff with swapping out their computers for their NEW laptops. Hopefully you have already received your new laptop, and it was a smooth process.  Hours and weeks have been spent preparing the computers, documentation and refining the steps to make this as smooth as possible. Technology tools have become a critical part of our everyday home and work lives, but for some staff making this transition can be stressful and many times our technicians are counseling our staff through this process.  Please take a moment to THANK your technician and ask them if they need any additional support from you.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Week of May 2

Chrome Browser Update to version 101 

  • Chrome is the TTSD preferred browser for most resources.
  • Run updates regularly (weekly) to apply security updates.
  • Please UPDATE your Chrome to version 101 
    • OPTION 1:
      • Look for the UPDATE button in the upper right corner
      • Click UPDATE (this will restart your browser AND update your Chrome)
    • OPTION 2:
      • Click the Chrome Menu
      • Click About Chrome
      • Note if there are updates and if there are, you will be prompted to "Relaunch Chrome"

Want to get your message out? 

Make Your PDFs "ready" for ALL USERS...

PDF files can either be a picture or readable TEXT.  Optimally, all PDFs TTSD users post online are readable TEXT.   

WHYOften, a PDF is inaccessible for our students because PDFs are "flattened" documents or a picture of words, not actually words, on a page.

HOW You can easily make your worksheets, handouts, any printed or scanned page accessible by using the OCR button on the copiers in every workroom in every school. OCR stands for Ocular Character Recognition and all that means is the words are readable by digital devices. A few years ago, Tualatin High School made a step-by-step guide on how to use OCR. Follow this link to find those directions because it works on your machine, too.

How to OCR Your Document

MORE INFO: You might have noticed that little purple puzzle piece Notes from the Field: Co-Writer vs Read & Write  in the top right corner of your Chrome browser toolbar. This powerful tool is called Read&Write for Chrome and TTSD has a district wide license for it which means that everyone (teachers, staff, & students) has access! As long as you sign into a Chrome browser with your TTSD email credentials you and your students have access! District or personal devices! With Read&Write everyone has access to Text to Speech (TTS), translation, dictionaries, and so much more! Follow this link for a quick video to introduce Read&Write.

Introducing Read&Write

Installing Read&Write

If you would like to have a more in depth training on Read&Write or any Assistive Technology (it’s not just for SPED) please reach out to Jamie Maier, TTSD Assistive Technology Specialist.

Week of May 13th - Spring Cleaning (and Mac Updates)

It's Spring and Time for Mac Spring Updates: To ensure that our 10,000+ TTSD devices remain in optimal condition for staff and students...