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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

MDS Tech logo - making technolgoy work well at Mount de Sales since computers were rare.

5 Basic Tech Tips you should know



Here are some things to keep in mind as you use your computer. See the bottom of the article for credits

  1. DO NOT start clicking randomly when things go wrong.
    Randomly clicking things on the machine can at the least cause things to go even slower …and at the worst can really mangle things up.

    When things go wrong, TAKE YOUR HAND OFF THE MOUSE OR SCREEN. Take a deep breath. Contact MDS Tech – or slowly DECIDE on your next move.
  2. CHECK THOSE LINKS before you click on them.
    Internet scams are still going strong, so do NOT assume that email promising you a Dyson Vacuum or a DeWalt Drill from Ace Hardware is legit. Look for speeling errors, wonky grammar, really bad writing. Hover over those links to see where they ACTUALLY go – if that email from “Ace” doesn’t actually link back to Ace Hardware, it just might be a scam.

    You can also check the Reply-To and the source email addresses – that is usually a clue on whether is it legit or not. That email from “Paypal “saying you’ve been charged $1100 for that iPhone XXi that you never ordered likely ACTUALLY comes from kdjvbdfiejfnl02937@whatever.com
    Pause. Breathe. Think about other routes you can take. Doublecheck what you just did [did you ACTUALLY print to the ARC-student printer….or is your printout in Sheridan hall?] Can you try a different browser? Do you have a live connection to the network?

    Have you asked for help from MDS Tech?

    This includes things like web browser extensions – ALL of whom slow your machine down [at least a bit]. Make certain the software is from a reliable, trusted source…. and when in doubt, ask MDS Tech.

    Do note that the iPad App Portal apps have been checked out and are OK to install.

    Keep your sock drawer [i.e. your documents] organized. We have multiple sock drawers now – your machine, your devices, cloud storage like Drive and iCloud… Keeping them organized is the key to avoiding panic attacks when looking for something.

    Create folders! Name them something that makes sense! Actually stash things in them that make sense!
    This really is critical. Yes, system updates happen all the time, and MOST of the time you can wait until a more convenient time. Sometimes, though, it really is critical. For example, as of this writing [August 2022] Apple just put out IOS 15.6.1 update, which closes a security hole that HAD been exploited “in the wild” – allowing attackers to take over a device. Google put out an update to Drive AND Schoology updated their LMS app – both fixing bugs that was keeping a select number of “lucky” students from submitting class assignments.


  7. REBOOT!
    Quit out of ALL your running apps and shut your machine/device down [also know as the iPad Reboot Dance]. MDS Tech says AT LEAST once a week will reduce your headaches and stress from wonky computer chicanery.
Seriously, it isn’t a joke. Yes, it is still funny.



The inspiration for this article came from a post by Jack Wallen over at Tech Republic. His information was modified to fit our situation here at MDS.

Using Split Screen on Windows, Macs, iPads [and Chromebooks]

How to use keyboard shortcuts to make a split screen on macOS, iPadOS, Windows and Chrome OS. Lots of tasks would be easier if you had both apps on your screen side-by-side. For example, you can copy text from a website, then paste it into your Notability document or an email.

Click the link below to see the original article.

Words: Split Screen, centered above two white rectangles, with word "App 1" in center of left rectangle and "App 2" in center of right rectangle.
Illustration: Andy Wolber / TechRepublic.com


Press Windows and either the left arrow or right arrow to move your app between different parts of the screen.

Then hit Windows-Tab to switch to the other app. Use the above keys to move the 2nd app into the position you want.

it is MUCH faster than dragging windows around with the mouse.


If you have a keyboard designed for use with an iPad, press Globe key plus ctrl plus either the left arrow or the right arrow.

Then switch the second app with a tap or the App Library. Once selected , the apps will be onscreen next to each other.

Press the three-dots-menu for even more option. {CLICK HERE for more information about that.]


If you have a REALLY LONG document, open the same document up in two windows. That way each side can be set to view different parts of the document – that might be real handy when reading or writing.


The easiest way, according to the article, is to use a 3rd party app called Magnet. There is a manual way to do the same thing, according to these instructions.


alt + [ moves a window to the left (and, if pressed again, around the center of the screen), while  alt + ] moves a window to the right (and, if pressed again, around the center of the screen).

Original Source: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-use-keyboard-shortcuts-to-make-a-split-screen-on-macos-ipados-windows-and-chrome-os/