To Save…or Not to Save….Passwords, That is

SavePassword01Many times you’re presented with the option to save your password. You may be concerned about whether or not you should do this. In my opinion, (and we all know I share that…nay, foist that… on people) saving your password is perfectly acceptable IF the following conditions are true:

1. You’re the primary user of your computer (school laptop, specifically).

2. You LOCK your computer screen EVERY SINGLE TIME you leave it unattended (hold down the Windows key and then tap the l key). SavePassword03


Having said that, even if you don’t save passwords, LOCK your computer screen when you leave it unattended…always…always… always.

Uhmmm… let me repeat….

LOCK your computer screen when you leave it unattended!

(*lowering voice and stepping down off soapbox*)

Creating Shortcuts

If you need to create shortcuts to ANY of the programs in your All Programs list, follow the directions below but substitute whichever program you want. The directions  below are specific to Microsoft Office 2013 but the process will work for all your programs.

From your computer desktop, click on Start  StartButton

Click on “All Programs” and scroll down until you see the Microsoft Office 2013 folder. Click on it to expand the folder to see all the programs within it.

Decide which program you want to create your shortcut for (Outlook, Word, etc.). RIGHT CLICK on that program. You now have choices for shortcuts. You will probably want to select one (or several) of the following choices:

1.  Pin to Taskbar – Your shortcut icon will show up in the bottom blue bar of your desktop (near the Start button).

2. Pin to Start Menu – Your shortcut icon will show toward the top of your menu when you click your Start button.

3. Send to > Desktop – Your shortcut icon will show on your desktop.


NOTE: When you create a shortcut to one of the Office 2013 programs for the first time it may go through a short installation process. You don’t need to do anything except be patient and let it run.

To create multiple shortcuts in the various places just repeat the process and choose one of the other selections.

This works for ALL PROGRAMS in your menu. This is not specific to just Office 2013.


Techdesk – Installing Software Through the User Console Library

The district recommends certain software for students and teachers to use. Students and teachers are able to install that software right from the Techdesk. To do that:

Go to the MOC-FV homepage (

In the “Quick Links” section click on “Techdesk.”

Login using your school username and password.

Once you’re logged in, click “User Console Library” at the top to see a list of available software.



Click on the name of the software you wish to install. Follow any online directions and accept the default selections.

Done! Easy!

Integrating the School Calendar with Outlook

Follow these directions if you want the MOC-FV school calendar to automatically flow into your Outlook calendar:

Go to the MOC-FV homepage (

Click “Full Schedule” below the Current Events box.





Click “Advanced View Report” button on the right side.




At the bottom under the “Choose a Time Period” section, click the radio button next to “This School Year.” Then click “Generate Report.”




In the top right corner of the window that appears click “Subscribe.”




In the new window that pops up, click the Outlook icon and it will download all the calendar events into your Outlook calendar.




Now, according to Jack, it’s time to go have a cookie!


Creating/Editing Your Teacher Webpage

To edit your teacher webpage:

Go to the MOC-FV homepage and select “Resources”, click on “Teacher” and then “Teacher Webpage” (see illustration below)


Login with your school username and password.

Follow the colored links at the top of the page to edit the areas you wish.

Be sure to READ the directions on “Welcome Message” to successfully upload your photo.

To resize your photo:

Put a copy of the photo you want to use on your desktop.

Right click on your photo and select “Open With” and then select “choose default program”



Select the Paint program. (You may have to browse for it if you don’t see it in the list.)

Before clicking “OK” decide if you want the Paint program to always open that type of file. Check or uncheck the box “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” based on what you decide.



When Paint opens your photo select the “Resize” option in the upper right corner of the Paint window.



You want the dimensions of your photo to be a maximum of 320 pixels wide or high. Click the radio button next to “pixels” and make sure “maintain aspect ratio” is selected.



Referring to the illustration above, I would change the vertical dimension to 320 since that is the larger number (longer side). Once that is changed, click “OK”. Your photo is now resized. DO NOT JUST CLICK SAVE!!!! (It will change the dimensions of your original photo!)

Click the DropDown arrow next to the upper left icon in the Paint program (see illustration below) and select “Save As”



Name your photo. Be sure to choose “jpeg” or “jpg” in the “Save as file type” pull down box and save it to your desktop. (Note: you will not be able to upload a photo unless it is in the jpeg or jpg format.)

To upload your photo:

Go back to your teacher webpage editing and click on the “Choose File” button located on the “Welcome Message” page.

Once you have chosen your photo, click the “Upload New Photo” button.

You should see your new photo. In order to save, click on the “Update Welcome Message” button at the bottom.

Notice that you can also delete your photo (“Delete Photo” button right under your photo.)

Final note: Please be sure all photos are a professional pose. (Nope, no Speedos!!) The best photos are a head/shoulders type.

Are you a good multitasker? (p.s. you aren’t)

Often individuals claim an ability to multitask. Have observed how attempting to multitask burns you out more quickly and leaves you frazzled at the end of the day, wondering if you accomplished anything. Well, the research does not support those who believe they are capable of productively multitasking. The key researcher recently died at a young age.  Article

Be a WISER Googler

Many people execute a Google search when they want to find some information.  Few people have probably invested any time to learn how to search more efficiently and skillfully; such an activity is probably common with the “geeky” people.

However, if you would like to gain a few skills to search more skillfully and remove results that are not pertinent, investigate the infographic provided by hackcollege.

How tech supporters really work

OK, we often say it but few believe us.  We truly don’t know how to solve most of the problems we encounter on a daily basis.  In fact, we probably aren’t even capable of knowing that much if we tried.  We even find that we can’t recall how we solved the same problem six months ago.  So, what do we do?

Google.  Seriously, that is what we do most of the time.  If you want to accomplish similar things on your own, refer to this flow chart as a guide! :-)

Deal of the Day

Like finding great prices on junk you probably didn’t need?

Checkout and

These sites each sell one product each day.  Every night at midnight they put up a new product for the day, typically at an inexpensive price.  If they sellout before you get online to make a purchase, you’re out of luck, but if you’re lucky enough to purchase on time, you just might save yourself some money!