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Getting Grammarly Set Up

All high school students and teachers are automatically signed up for Grammarly. In order to activate your Premium account, you will have to do one of the following:

Verify Your Account Using the Email Sent to Your Address

Most users should receive an email to verify their account. Simply click the “Activate My Account” Link and you are ready to go!


Signing Up on the Website

If, for some reason, you do not have the activation email, you can sign up using your ISB student email address at

Once there, click “Join Your Organization”:

Fill in the correct information, including your ISB email address:

You will receive a confirmation email:


Once you click “Verify email” you should be all set. Sometimes, however, it will ask you to put in your school code. If it does, you can copy/paste this code:


You may also want to add the Grammarly browser extension so that it can be used in easily across all of your web applications:





All images are free for use from Canva

A few simple rules for blogging:

  1. Don’t post your last name
  2. Cite everything that is not yours!
  3. Categorize your posts
  4. Embed your media & create “clean” links
  5. Use this rubric to write engaging MASTERY blogposts


How can you IMPROVE your blog:

  • Make sure you have categories for:
    • Humanities
    • Science
    • Math
    • Integrated
    • Design
    • Arts
    • Enrichments
    • Activities
    • Languages
    • Global-mindedness
    • Integrity
    • Respect
    • Balance
    • Service
    • Myself as a Learner (this is a category you use for posts to support your SLC)
  • Make sure your banner is personalized
  • Add a widget?

All done?  Have you blogged about a cool activity you’ve done or an athletics accomplishment?

Read other blogs… give them good feedback on their blogs!




How to Upload a Video on Dragon’s Tube

First – record awesome media!

Please include everyone’s name on the video but DO NOT USE last names in your video.

Please cite any outside media you have used.

Second – login to Dragon Tube

Third – Complete the following required information:


Fourth – scroll to the bottom to click “Submit” (make sure you see this message):

Wait a few minutes while your video uploads and converts

Watch other classmates’ videos if you are done early!

Categories vs Tags

It’s important to organise the information we share through our blogs to allow users to effectively access previous posts. Two ways to do this are through categories and tags – but what are they? How are categories and tags different and why should we use them? In the following video, Bec shares the different ways categories and tags make it easier to organise your blog’s content.

Creating Stories in DX

The following tutorial steps students through setting up a Story for a specific class in DX. Stories can only be set up by students and shared within your class. Sharing can be between you and the student, the student and selected students or between the student and the entire class. Content that can be shared using a story includes text, images, video, audio and other files linked from OneDrive.

How can I use DX Stories in my class?

  • Stories can be useful when established as a journal, updated regularly by the student.
  • They can be used as a way to collect and share ideas with the class.
  • They can be used as way to receive feedback from the class when making decisions about a topic for further investigation.
  • Digital storytelling

High School Departing Student Laptop Reminders June 2017

Below are the slides from the Leavers Lunch.

Follow this link if you need a copy of the reminders page we distributed at the lunch.

Middle School Laptop Return Reminders for Departing Students June 2017

Here are the slides I shared with you at the Leavers Lunch.

Follow this link if you need another copy of the reminders page that we handed out at the lunch.

Departing Students and Teachers—Moving Your Files to a New Mac with Time Machine

Time Machine is a great backup tool but it can cause some challenges when you leave ISB and want to move your files to a new Mac. This is because our ISB laptops are closely tied to our ISB systems. They work great when your are here but you don’t want your new laptop checking in with ISB’s servers when you’re on the other side of the planet!

This tutorial shows how to move the files you need from a Time Machine Backup to a new computer without getting the files that will tie it to ISB’s servers.

Note: This tutorial assumes you have already started up your new laptop and have an account. If you haven’t, do that now before going on to the rest of this tutorial.

Step 1: Open the external hard drive that houses the Time Machine backup folder (Backups.backupdb)

Step 2: Open Backups.backupdb and navigate to the Latest folder.

Step 3: Drill down to find your Users folder. (Have a look at the picture to see how I drilled down to Mr. Hamada’s User folder.) Leave this window open.



Step 4: Open a new Finder window. From the Go menu choose Home to open your Home folder on your new Mac. Position the two open windows side-by-side so you can see them both.


Step 5: On the Time Machine drive open the Desktop folder. Select all the files in the folder and copy them to to the Desktop folder on the new laptop. Repeat this for the rest of the folders in your User folder.

Note Do not copy programs from the Applications folder to your new Mac. Your new Mac should have the most up-to-date version of all the software already on it. If you find you need an app that didn’t come with your new computer, it’s best to download a new copy from the internet.


Seniors Laptop Return Reminders–May 2017

Here are some reminders regarding returning your laptops May 26th. If you have questions or need some help, shoot me an email or swing by my office–room 2413.

iCloud Account Hack Security

You may have heard that a hacker group calling themselves the Turkish Crime Family has threatened to lock 250 million users out of their Apple iCloud accounts if Apple doesn’t pay them $700,000 by April 7th. That’s scary! If you’re like me, you use your free iCloud account to sync addresses and notes between our devices. I don’t want anyone hacking into my account. Thankfully there are some simple precautions you can take to thwart any would be hackers.

Wired has a good article entitled How to Protect Your iCloud Account, Juuust in Case Those Hackers Aren’t Joking that explains what you need to do.

The main takeaways are:

  • change your password—especially if you use the same password for multiple accounts! —see the article for what makes a good password and an explanation of password managers.
  • set up Apple’s two-factor authentication. The article explains what it is and shows how to set it up.

There is some debate online as to whether or not these hackers can get to people’s iCloud accounts but either way it’s a good reminder that we can’t be complacent when it comes to passwords and the security of our accounts. We need to be proactive to ensure our accounts stay secure.


Hacker by PeteLinforth Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

Computer Padlock by TheDigitalWay Licensed under CC0 Public Domain


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