Category Archives: Make Tech Easier

Shared iPads: Saving Notability files and emailing them

On the Middle School Shared iPads, you cannot use the Mail app. So how do you email your teacher?

Here’s how – open this webpage:

webmail.mountdesales.net

You can attach files, forward, reply – all the standard stuff.

So how do you save a file from Notability so that you can email it?

In Notability, be looking at the file you want to email.

  • Click the Export icon [the square with the arrow pointing out].
  • Select SHARE TO…..,
  • Click the SHARE NOTE button,
  • Click “Save to Files“.
    • You then select a location – “On my iPad” or “iCloud Drive”
      • I suggest selecting a location “On my iPad”, especially for grades 6 and 7 students.

        The document will automatically be copied up to iCloud anyway in due course, and local storage will save much faster.

At that point you can start a new email and attach the file.

The export icon

iCloud and Google Drive

iCloud.com

We use Google Drive for most data storage on campus. You SHOULD have your Notability backing up to Drive automatically – if you aren’t or are not sure, CLICK HERE and make sure!

If you are in the middle school [in the 2022-2023 school year] then you are also using a Managed AppleID, which comes with 200 gigabytes of storage. The data and pictures that the 6th and 7th graders create on the Shared ipads automatically get backed up to their iCloud account – WHICH CAN ACCESSED USING ANY WEB BROWSER.

You 8th graders need to check some settings [See Settings –> Click on your name at the top left column -> iCloud -> Turn ON Photos, iCloud Backup]

To access your iCloud account, surf to iCloud.com

To see what you can do on iCloud, the user guide is at iCloud User Guide.

Powerschool & Schoology –> Apps and Phones

We have recently received several emails and comments stating that getting into Schoology and Powerschool has been a bit flaky.

All of the commenters were using their phones and the respective apps to try and access their accounts.

MDS Tech’s advice:

When the apps refuse to work, fire up a web browser and access the information that way. You get the same info, just via a different route.

Powerschool: sis.mountdesales.net

Schoology: lms.mountdesales.net

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