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Firefox: Setting Tabs as Bookmarks

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Firefox for Mac OSX (Most Elementary Admins & Teachers)

Firefox for Windows (Office Secretaries and some Administrators & Teachers)

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August 4th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

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Scheduling Resources for Secondary Schools

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LPS secondary buildings set the schedule for the coming year in the early spring.  The resources listed below are for scheduling via the AS400.

AS400 Scheduling

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March 5th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

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Password Protecting Computers and Mobile Devices

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It is important to ‘lock’ your computer or mobile device whenever you are not actively using it. The instructions below apply to Windows and Macintosh computers, iPod Touch and iPad handheld devices. If you have another mobile device that you use, please be sure to access your manufacturer’s instructions for locking the screen.

LPS Windows-based computers (Windows XP and Win7)

  1. Windows computers have a ‘managed’ feature that will lock your screen automatically after 30 min. of inactivity.
  2. To lock your screen at any time (such as whenever you leave your screen), press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and then click on Lock Screen.
  3. When you wish to return to using the computer, press Ctrl-Alt-Delete again and login.

Macintosh-based computers

Macintosh users must modify System Preferences to make the computer lock.

  1. Go to System Preferences under the apple in the upper left corner of your screen
  2. Click the Security button
  3. Check the box at the top next to “Require password after sleep or screen saver begins. (immediately)”
  4. Click the Show All button at the top of the window
  5. Click the Screen Saver button
  6. Click the Hot Corners button at the bottom left of the window
  7. Select a corner of your choice (representing a corner of your screen) and select Start Screen Saver from the drop-down list
  8. Close the System Preferences window by clicking the Red close button
  9. Drag your mouse pointer to the corner that you selected in step 7. Your screen saver should start. Once you press a key or move your mouse, your computer will request your username and password.
  10. This process protects all information that you have running/showing on your computer.


iPod Touch/iPad

  1. Select the Settings App
  2. Select General
  3. Select Auto-Lock
  4. Select a time setting
  5. Select General
  6. Select Passcode Lock
  7. Select the button title “Turn Passcode On
  8. Enter a 4-digit passcode (Choose one that you will remember)
  9. Re-enter the passcode

From now on, you will need to enter your 4-digit passcode to begin using your iTouch or iPad.

Note: If you forget your passcode, you will need to use iTunes on your computer to reset the device back to its original settings.




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August 2nd, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Pinnacle Resources & Procedures for Secondary School Offices

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Gradebook Procedures – School Office Gradebook Managers


Attendance Procedures – School Office Attendance Managers

  • Attendance Information:
    • Attendance files are sent from Pinnacle to the AS400 @ 3:20pm
    • Generate ATT700 between 4:00 – 4:45pm
    • School Messenger picks up the attendance files @ 5:30pm
  • Pinnacle Attendance Documentation – Pinnacle Web
  • Attendance FAQ
    Q: What about attendance subs?
    A: Attendance subs will NOT have access to the Pinnacle Attendance Program.


SIS Procedures


PIV Procedures – School Office – PIV Managers

For Principals

Other Resources:


Pinnace System User Roles – School staff members are given different levels of access to the Pinnacle System based on one of the following roles: Attendance Managers, Counselors, Gradebook Managers, and Principals.  Note: Teachers are not assigned these roles.

GBA – Gradebook Attendance Manager
GBC – Gradebook Counselors
GBP – Gradebook Principals
GBM – Gradebook Manager


Attendance Manager YES YES
Principal View YES YES
Counselor View YES YES YES
Gradebook (Impersonation) YES
Administrative Report Viewer YES

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Mobile Devices: iOS – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

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Please note that technical support can not be provided for personal use applications that may be installed on your mobile devices.

Purchase: Information on purchasing an LPS mobile device can be found on the LPS Buying Guide .

First Time Users: To begin using your iOS device, you must first connect it to your computer with iTunes installed (Mac or Windows). All Mac OS computers already have iTunes installed. Windows computers may need to download it from the Apple Web site.

Staff Development:

Just Ask!

chatIf you are not finding an answer to your question, perhaps we didn’t think of it and it just hasn’t been asked. Ask it yourself in our discussion forum! We’d also love to hear how you use this tool in your classroom or work at LPS.

Apps for your iOS Device

If a user wishes to acquire applications or media for these devices, they must set up an iTunes Store Account.  

  • If this is a personal device you must enter billing information in the iTunes account set up regardless if you plan to purchase any applications.  Even if you purchase free apps, they still call it a ‘purchase’.
  • If this is an LPS device the iTunes account is managed by the District and cannot be modified. Apps purchased for student use iPad apps must be procured via vouchers. Please contact one of the following LPS Computing Services staff members for more information on the App Purchase Program:
    • Darin Raguse,
    • Ray Bretthauer,


Mobile Apps that Connect to LPS Systems

Many of the systems LPS uses to conduct business have apps that connect your mobile device with the data you are interested in. This page offers an alphabetical listing of some of the major ones in our environment with links to download the app and instructions on how to set it up for use in the LPS environment.


Specific information about using mobile devices and Synergy:

There are different mobile apps depending on your role in the system to use with Synergy.    You can click on the link below or search the store to install the app on your mobile device.

Some of the apps require that the District URL be entered.  The LPS District URL is:  (note the s on https) The ParentVUE and StudentVUE apps only require that the parent or student enter their Zip Code and it will direct them to the LPS Parent/Student portal.



What apps should I get on my mobile device?

That depends.  What do you teach?  What are your personal and professional productivity needs?  You might find out from colleagues which applications work best for them.  Many users download applications regularly but never spend a cent.   There are so many that are free!!

ALearning in Handnother good resource for iPods, iPod Touches and iPad information is Tony Vincent’s Blog, Learning in Hand.




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March 16th, 2009 at 2:44 am