Category Archives: Community Resources

Recommended Browsers

The goal of this guide is to provide a list of supported or recommended browsers for specific websites or web applications. Often times there will be a website that only works with Google Chrome or Firefox.

  • Lifesize Cloud
    • Mac OS X – Only works with Google Chrome
    • Windows – Internet Explorer (10.0+) or Google Chrome
  • Schoology
    • Mac OS X – Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox
    • Windows  – Google Chrome, Internet Explorer (10.0+), Firefox
  • Gmail
    • Mac OS X – Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox
    • Windows – Google Chrome, Internet Explorer (10.0+), Firefox
  • Google Apps
    • Mac OS X – Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox
    • Windows – Google Chrome, Internet Explorer (10.0+), Firefox

Dana Tech Glossary

  • Backup – This is the act of creating a full duplicate of everything on your device including settings, photos, apps, etc. You can backup an iOS device to iTunes by plugging your device into either a Mac or Windows computer that has iTunes installed on it. You can also backup an iOS device to iCloud by navigating to the iCloud settings on the device itself and turning on backup. This also requires having enough space in iCloud. iCloud is the recommended way for backup because it will do it automatically for you every day. To backup a Mac computer you can use Time Machine, which is included with the computer. This requires an external hard drive to copy information to. iCloud and iTunes Backup – Apple Knowledge Base

 

  • iCloud – This is the term used by Apple to  describe it’s collection of services that sync content between Apple devices. iCloud includes back up, photo sharing, contacts & calendar syncing, etc. Essentially iCloud is the intermediary between all of your devices that makes sure you have the content you need regardless of what device you are currently using. This does require an internet connection to sync content from device to device and you have the ability to specify what information you want synced. Example: You have personal photos on your phone that you don’t want to share with your iPad, but you want to share notes from the Notes app between both devices. You can disable photos and enable Notes in the iCloud settings. iCloud Resources – Apple Knowledge Base

 

  • iCloud Photo Library – This is a newer feature of iCloud that was released with iOS 8. The iCloud Photo Library offers iPhone, iPad and Mac users to store their entire photo library in iCloud. This can often require purchasing more iCloud storage depending upon the number of photos in your library. You have the ability to ‘Download and Keep Originals’ (best quality) of the photos locally on your device or you can set it to ‘Optimize iPad Storage’ (recommended) which will keep the photos in iCloud. It will download some often viewed photos and as you open photos they are downloaded. iCloud Photo Library – Apple Knowledge Base

 

  • Photo Sharing – This is a feature of iCloud that allows Apple users to share and comment on a collection of photos with other Apple users. This allows you to organize a group of photos into an album on an iPhone, iPad or Mac that you can then share with friends or family member who also has an Apple device. You will need an e-mail address or phone number of the person you want to share with. You can allow ‘subscribers’ of this shared album to comment on photos and add their own photos. iCloud Photo Sharing – Apple Knowledge Base

 

  • Photo Stream – This is a service that is part of iCloud that will automatically sync the last 30 days of photos or up to 1000 photos between your devices. Photo stream is not a permanent storage for your photos. When you take a picture on an iPhone or iPad it is always saved to your Camera Roll and then Photo Stream will keep a copy that you can access another iOS device of Mac. iPhoto and the new Apple Photos app will automatically import and permanently save those photos on the computer. Photo Stream – Apple Knowledge Base

 

  • Syncing – This is the concept that the same piece of content is the same on multiple devices. Example: You have an iPad and a Mac both running the latest versions of iOS and Mac OS X. Create a document in the Pages app on your iPad and if you have iCloud Drive enabled on both devices your Pages document will be synced to your Mac. If you Make a change on the same document on your Mac, those changes will show up on your iPad. Syncing can apply to many other types of content including photos, calendars, contacts, etc.

Updating to iOS With iTunes on a Computer

This guide will walk you through the process of updating your iPad or iPhone to the most recent iOS version using the desktop version of iTunes.
This will be especially useful for people who do not have enough space to update on the device itself. By using iTunes the update is downloaded to the computer and installed on the device from there instead of the having to delete content from your device in order to download the update.
As with any major software change, you should make sure that your device has completed a full backup on either iCloud or iTunes.

Backup to iCloud — before you begin this process.

Open iTunes and Find the Preferences for the Application

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This step and the next step are mostly necessary for computers that are shared with multiple users or if it is on a computer that is not used by the same person as the iOS device to be updated.

(1) Open iTunes

(2) Navigate to the menu bar and click on iTunes on the upper left corner of your screen.
(3) Click on “Preferences…”

Turn Off Auto Sync

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(1) Select “Devices” from the options on the top of the window that just opened.

(2) Make sure that there is a check mark next to “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically”
These steps will make sure that the content from the computer does not sync over to the iPad.

Start the Update Process

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Make sure at this step that the iPad is plugged into the computer using the charge/sync cable.

You may see an option to either “Set up as new” or “Restore from a backup”. Make sure to select “Set up as new” and this will not erase the data on your device. Otherwise click “Continue” to start the update process.

Locate the iPad in iTunes

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Look for “iPad” in the top right corner of iTunes.

**If you have the sidebar view turned in iTunes you will see the name of your device listed there instead**

Tell iTunes to Update Your Device to the Most Recent Version

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Make sure that you click “Update”. Do not click “Restore iPad…” as this will erase everything on the device.

Click “Update” to Confirm

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Review Features and Agree to Terms & Conditions

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Let iTunes Download the Update

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iTunes may need to download the most recent version of the software if it does not currently have a local copy. This process may take a little while depending on the speed of your internet connection.

Let iTunes Run the Update

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Follow the Steps on the iPad to complete the process

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After these steps your iPad should be all up to date.

Back Up Notability to Google Drive

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This guide will walk you through the process of configuring your Google account to allow Notability to keep a backup of all your notes on Google Drive.

Locate the Notability settings

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Tap log in next to Google Drive

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Enter your @danahall.org e-mail and password

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Tap Accept

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Notability has to ask for permission to access information on your Google Account. This is an important step to make sure that you can properly back up all of your Notatbility notes. After you tap Accept you will be returned the the Manage Accounts page in the Notability settings.

Configure Google Drive Settings

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(1) Select Auto-Backup
(2) Tap on the gear icon next to Google Drive

Configure Google Drive Settings (cont.)

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With Google Drive backup you can configure a few different settings, but most people typically use the default settings.
(1) The default Destination Folder is /Notability/. Notability will create a folder called Notability in your Google Drive, but you may change this to any folder you’d like.
(2) Notability will backup in a variety of files formats, but PDF is the recommended if you want to be able to view the notes in other Apps.
(3) You can choose to backup all of your subjects or pick specific ones only.