Elementary Teacher MacBook Tips

You are getting pop ups about Flash Player when trying to access your Reading Street teaching materials.

Try opening up your GO page (or whatever website you are using) in a Safari web browser instead.

You need to activate a student’s Quick Card

Follow the steps in the step-by-step guide HERE.

You need to create/score an assignment in Unified Classroom (PowerSchool)

Follow the steps in the step-by-step guide HERE.

Next Steps

If you have issues or concerns:

-ask a colleague, your Learning Coach or Principal

-contact PowerSchool help at PStech@usd497.org

-use the Live Assist feature on the PowerSchool website

Change print settings from 2-Sided to 1-Sided

If printing from Chrome – select “Print using system dialog…” and then “Show Details” – for anything else skip to next image.

Select “Copies & Pages” and change to “Layout / Finish”

Change “2-Sided” to “1-Sided

Before printing (if you’d like to save these settings) click on the drop down menu Presets: “Default Settings” and select “Save Current Settings as Preset…

Save the preset name to something you’ll easily remember. Next time you print you can easily swap back and forth between the default settings and the preset we just made.

Trackpad Gestures

For more information about these gestures, choose Apple menu () > System Preferences, then click Trackpad. You can turn a gesture off, change the type of gesture, and learn which gestures work with your Mac.

Trackpad gestures require a Magic Trackpad or built-in Multi-Touch trackpad. If your trackpad supports Force Touch, you can also Force click and get haptic feedback.

Tap to click
Tap with one finger to click.

Secondary click (right-click)
Click or tap with two fingers.

Smart zoom
Double-tap with two fingers to zoom in and back out of a webpage or PDF.

Slide two fingers up or down to scroll.1

Zoom in or out
Pinch with two fingers to zoom in or out.

Move two fingers around each other to rotate a photo or other item.

Check out all the gestures here.

macOS Keyboard Shortcuts

By pressing certain key combinations, you can do things that normally need a mouse, trackpad, or other input device.

Cut, copy, paste, and other common shortcuts

  • Command-X: Cut the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard.
  • Command-C: Copy the selected item to the Clipboard. This also works for files in the Finder.
  • Command-V: Paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or app. This also works for files in the Finder.
  • Command-Z: Undo the previous command. You can then press Shift-Command-Z to Redo, reversing the undo command. In some apps, you can undo and redo multiple commands.
  • Command-A: Select All items.
  • Command-F: Find items in a document or open a Find window.
  • Command-G: Find Again: Find the next occurrence of the item previously found. To find the previous occurrence, press Shift-Command-G.
  • Command-H: Hide the windows of the front app. To view the front app but hide all other apps, press Option-Command-H.
  • Command-M: Minimize the front window to the Dock. To minimize all windows of the front app, press Option-Command-M.
  • Command-O: Open the selected item, or open a dialog to select a file to open.
  • Command-P: Print the current document.
  • Command-S: Save the current document.
  • Command-T: Open a new tab.
  • Command-W: Close the front window. To close all windows of the app, press Option-Command-W.
  • Option-Command-EscForce quit an app.
  • Command–Space bar: Show or hide the Spotlight search field. To perform a Spotlight search from a Finder window, press Command–Option–Space bar. (If you use multiple input sources to type in different languages, these shortcuts change input sources instead of showing Spotlight. Learn how to change a conflicting keyboard shortcut.)
  • Control–Command–Space bar: Show the Character Viewer, from which you can choose emoji and other symbols.
  • Control-Command-F: Use the app in full screen, if supported by the app.
  • Space bar: Use Quick Look to preview the selected item.
  • Command-Tab: Switch to the next most recently used app among your open apps. 
  • Shift-Command-5: In macOS Mojave, take a screenshot or make a screen recording. In earlier macOS versions, use Shift-Command-3 or Shift-Command-4 for screenshots. Learn more about screenshots.
  • Shift-Command-N: Create a new folder in the Finder.
  • Command-Comma (,): Open preferences for the front app.
Want to see more keyboard shortcuts? Check out the complete list here.
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