With Google Meet there is an option to use a Shortcut. This stays the same from session to session and makes it easy for everyone to get into the class.
HOWEVER: the shortcuts only work if you are CURRENTLY logged into your MDS Google account on that device. If you are not, the session can’t be found. How to make sure you are logged in correctly:
On a web browser pointed to
meet.google.com, loot at the top right corner of the window.
If you see an icon with your initial [or something similar], then you are logged in. Click the icon to see what account you are logged into.
Top right corner of the screen. Click the icon to see which account you are logged into.
If you are NOT logged in, then you should see a “signin” link at the top right.
Click the “Signin” link and …..er….. signin. iPad or other device
On the iPad app, click the “hamburger menu” [
three horizontal lines] at the top left. At the top there should be something which indicates which account is logged in, if any.
Clicking there will allow you to log into a different google account.
[You can have multiple google accounts to switch between.]
Do not use a slight difficulty getting into the class as an excuse. You have multiple ways to get into the class. Use them all, and as always, stay in touch with your teacher.
Dr. Franklin will be coordinating the details on taking your AP exam. This article will discuss the software you will need to take the exam.
Note that if ANYTHING stated below conflicts with what Dr, Franklin tells you – go with what he says.
You can take the exam using a Windows or Mac computer, OR YOUR IPAD [
as long as you are using IOS 12 or later]
How to check: Settings –> General –> About –>Software Version. If you are still on IOS 11 or earlier – SHAME on you! You’ve been ignoring all the reminders to update for a good while now! Pick a time when you won’t be needing the iPad for a while. Open Settings –> General –> Software Update and make it happen!
LockDown Browser from Respondus.
LockDown Browser from Respondus, available in the App Portal
For your computer, CLICK HERE to download the correct browser and install it. For your iPad, open up the App Portal and search for LockDown Browser. Install it.
Once you’ve installed the browser, AND WELL BEFORE YOU NEED TO TAKE THE EXAM, you need to run a security check. Below are excerpts from the instructions on the AP site. [
CLICK HERE for the originals.]
Once the LockDown Browser has been installed on the devices that will be used to take secure assessments, each student needs to complete a Secure Assignment Readiness Check.
Log in to the platform using the device that will be used for the final exam.
Students using Windows or Mac computers should use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari 10 or higher. Students using iPads ( iOS 12 or higher) should use Safari. Students using Chromebooks should select “College Board” from the Apps link and log in to the platform.
On the Assessments tab, you should see a yellow banner as shown below.
Click the “please complete this readiness check” link. You should see a pop-up to open
LockDown Browser. Click “ Open LockDown Browser” and the readiness check will launch.
The LockDown Browser requires certain applications to close. If the pop-up shown below appears, click “
Kill these applications.” Feel free to make appropriate bomb-dropping noises as you do.
AFter the check has launched, you should see 6 sample questions. Answer them, click “
Submit“, and then exit the LockDown Browser. You have now successfully completed your readiness check.
If the exam didn’t launch successfully, check to see if the LockDown browser is installed Send an email to tech or ipad and ask for assistance. If technical issues persist, contact AP using the “Help” option at the top of the screen
These are the things MDS Tech does to prepare your iPad for replacement. During this eLearning season, the process needs to change.
Make sure you take care of these things, if your iPad is operational:
1) Confirm that Notability files are being backed up – in Notability, click the gear icon, bottom left. Select Autobackup, and make sure there’s a checkmark beside Google Drive.if there isn’t check it, login, and let the backups commence.
2) Fire up Google Photos. Make sure your photos and videos are backing up to Drive. Click the “hamburger menu” – the three horizontal lines at the top right.
3) if you have anything else that you’d like to keep – Textilus documents, iMovies, etc – find a way to stash them somewhere. You could send them to Drive, or email them to yourself. Each app has it’s own solution.
Then contact MDS Tech to arrange a time to meet in the ARC. We are working partly on campus and partly from home.
Note that the standard policies apply here – there is a $100 charge for the repairs [which usually cost much more than that]. The business office will send an invoice in due course.