Is It Time for a Google Settings Health Check?

Is It Time for a Google Settings Health Check? Just over a year ago, I took the leap.  I bought a smartwatch.  Why?  Well, they look pretty cool, right?  I liked getting notifications on my wrist without pulling out my phone.  To be honest, the biggest reason was my health.  I wanted baseline data on […]

Putting Time In Where It Counts: Active Directory and PowerShell

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The Problem: Time Management Time management is a problem many IT departments face; often there is just not enough time to complete all the requests in the time they need to be completed by. This is especially true between the times of student registration and the first student day of school. The IT staff is […]

Five-Star + Google = Awesome Learning!

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Five-Star Technology Solutions is proud to announce that we are now a Midwestern-based Google Partner! The year-long process involved observations, case studies to demonstrate our ability to help schools succeed with Google Tools, and the certification of our staff members. We strongly believe this partnership will allow us to help school districts across the Midwest […]

Can Teachers Help the Tech Team?

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Yes! Effective communication is the key that helps you deepen your connections to others and improve teamwork, decision making, and problem-solving. It enables you to communicate even negative or difficult messages without creating conflict or destroying trust. When you hear the word ‘key’ several words may come to mind; lock, unlock, guard, protect. Communication has […]

Can the Tech Team Help Teachers?

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The answer to the question in this post title may seem obvious: the tech team helps teachers by fixing their technology, right? Yes, that’s true, but I would like to look at ways we can go beyond basic fixes. How can we make the process of repairing technology more efficient? Less painful? The key to making […]

Can the Tech Team Help the Tech Team?

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“No one can whistle a symphony alone. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”-H.E. Luccock Effectively communicating with co-workers can sometimes be a challenge. Despite our best efforts, sometimes we say one thing, but others hear something different based on our tone, facial expression, or body language. When you are a technician, face-to-face communication […]

Ransomware – What YOU need to know

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Ransomware – What YOU need to know” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:34px|text_align:left|line_height:1.5em” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%20Slab%3A100%2C300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Ransomware can take many forms – from “file-less” to “click-fraud” to software being deployed on a school’s network. Most recently, criminals are attacking schools by simply looking for a vulnerability on their network and deploying “ransomware as a service” from the Dark Web. We have a […]

Real-World Learning with Google Apps

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Real-World Learning with Google Apps” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:34px|text_align:left|line_height:1.5em” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%20Slab%3A100%2C300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]As teachers head back to the classroom for the new school year, many are still wondering how they are going to get everything accomplished on their massive to-do list. Standards? Technology Integration? Real-life application? Engaging learning? How can students get the best of each of these while learning […]