The WHS Library Learning Commons Blog is the online extension of the Wilmington High School Library Learning Commons.

The goal of this blog is to help extend learning, collaboration, and communication of the daily activities that occur at the LLC.

Please contribute by sharing the posts that interest you and commenting your thoughts.

How to find what you are looking for:

If you are looking for information about Cane Tech Squad Help Desk, Tech Club, or Yearbook feel free to use the links at the top of each page.

If you are looking for Technology Tips, Teacher Resources, or any other LLC related information use the EXPLORE link to the right or the Search tool represented by the magnifying glass at the top right.  For example try searching for “progress book” or “chromebook”  Most teacher technology related tips will be listed under the EdTech category under EXPLORE to the right.


GAFE Tips and Tricks Screencasts

New year, new batch of CTS students ready to explore how to make tech-life easier for the students and teachers at WHS.

The crew has been busy to start the year but took the time to create short, simple Google Apps For Education tips and tricks screencasts. Some are better than others and they are a work in progress but we hope you find something that makes life easier in the classroom.

CTS GAFE Tips and Tricks

And we are taking requests! Want a screencast for a tech topic to share with your students? Just ask!


Student Created Infographics

In Tech Integration class my students used Infogram to create basic infographics to demonstrate their learning of a TedEd video.  By using infographics as a final product my students were able to demonstrate their knowledge of a topic in a much more varied and interesting way than by typical means.  For more information watch this short video tutorial on using Infogram.  Let us know if we can help support this project in your classroom.

Field Trip Time! — Jonny’s Tech Blog

Our Technology Integration Class evaluated the school district’s new Virtual Reality Goggles last week. If you want to learn more about using the VR equipment let us know. Jonny Fender wrote this review on his findings:

This week in Tech Integration we got the opportunity to go a few virtual field trips. We used a program called Google Expeditions to go on these field trips all over the world. We used a Nokia cellphone that was placed in a Virtual Reality headset to see these amazing places. The places that the […]

via Field Trip Time! — Jonny’s Tech Blog


Brand new CTS member Simon Heys put together this compilation of WHS Chromebook FAQs. He covers everything from printing from our chromebooks to iBoss and more. Teachers, click through to the Google Doc and SHARE with your students BEFORE sending them down to the CTS desk. Many common issues can be solved in the classroom with the help of Simon’s document.


As Wilmington High School students, it seems everyone is always having some kind of issue with logging in somewhere or a simple task they just need refreshed on. This Post will take you to the new problems kids get throughout the school day or basic tasks that will help them in class. Some of this months common issues have been:

  • What to do with a frozen chromebook
  • What to do when a chromebook won’t connect to WiFi
  • Not knowing how to log into ProgressBook
  • Error message from ProgressBook
  • Printing from your chromebook
  • Problems with iBoss
  • Learning to take screenshots

These are just some of the most common issues that are given, however more tips and tricks can be discovered by asking us here at CTS. By clicking HERE, you can find out much more about the solutions to all of your WHS chromebook problems!

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Creating Distribution Groups in the new Gmail

One of the great features about Google is how often they come up with new features and updates.

One of the frustrating things about Google is also how often they come up with new features and updates.

Jessica Grimes and I were trying to figure out how to create Distribution Lists in the new Gmail this morning. While its not hard, it has changed from the way it was done before. Basically you will need to go into your Contacts app by clicking on the grid of 9 squares at the top right. From there you will create a new LABEL (name it for the group you want), then you will go to your list of contacts and apply this label to them by clicking the three dots to the right.

This 3 minute video explains it in easy to understand steps.

Keep on track!

I was really proud of 1st year CTS member Ryan Doan for his first Screencast covering Google Calendar. This is worth watching if you need help getting started using Google Calendar or if you are a teacher wanting to see how Google Calendar integrates with Classroom from the student perspective. Hi-five Ryan if you see him! Click on view original post to view video.

Just-Doan-It's Blog

Falling behind on assignments? Stay on track with this app!!!

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You Need to Organize and Prioritize, Google!

I highly recommend taking 2 minutes to watch this video. CTS member Aaron gives you tips to PRIORITIZE your Google searches – crucial information for all students and teachers.

The Cane Tech Squadian

One thing that a fair amount of people don’t know about is how to prioritize their searches in google. Whether you’re writing an essay for Mrs. Knoblaugh, or an article of the week for Mr. Oney. Prioritizing what comes up in your search in rather important. I’ll teach you how to do so, in the video below.

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UDL through Screencasting

UDL Principles

By creating short informative videos on your chromebook teachers can help students access information in a variety of ways. Whether you are flipping classroom instruction or simply providing students another pathway to content, screencasting is simple and can be reused in the future.

Watch this short video to learn about how to use Nimbus to create screencasts which are videos of what is on your computer screen narrated by you. Screencasts can also be student-created to demonstrate knowledge and understanding and then shared with future classes.

Screencastify is another App that can be used for this purpose as well. Let us know if we can help!


Removing Extensions and Apps

Apps and extensions in Google Drive can be simple to install but tricky to delete.

Here are a couple of suggestions for getting rid of those pesky apps or extensions that you tried out and no longer want to use:

1.  If the new app or extension is automatically opening your file you can:  Right click on a google drive file and choose open with…  then choose the app or extension you want to open the file.  In most cases you will want to change it back to google docs or whatever used to be the default.
2.  To completely get rid of an app or extension click the gear icon in the top right of your google drive.  Click settings and choose manage apps.  From there you should be able to uncheck the use as default for the app or extension OR click options and remove completely.
Hope this helps and as always leave feedback so we know if this tip was useful.