Technology Resources

@Chesapeake College

How to update your Web Browser

Internet Explorer

For Internet Explorer, you can check the version by selecting the cog icon on the upper right corner and then using the drop-down list to select About Internet Explorer

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From the new window, you’ll have the information on which version of Internet Explorer that you’re using, but it will also offer the option to automatically update the web browser for you.  If you select this, you won’t have to worry about keeping Internet Explorer up to date.

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Google Chrome

For Google Chrome, the button is in the same location, the upper right of the web browser.  In this instance however, it is three horizontal parallel lines.  When you select this button, you will navigate to the Help and about option which will lead you into the sub-option, About Google Chrome.

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From this page, it will show the version of Google Chrome you’re currently running and will also check for updates.  It will also display if you’re currently up to date.

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Mozilla Firefox

For Firefox, you’ll navigate up to the upper left where the menu bar is and you’ll select the option that says Help, which will bring up a drop-down list where you’ll select the option About Firefox.

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From this page it will show the current version of Firefox that you’re using and in this instance, you have a button that says Check for Updates.

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Google: Drive (cloud storage and productivity suite)

Google Docs is becoming Google Drive on regular Gmail accounts.  Our Skipjack mail is a Gmail product via Google Apps for Education.  Our students, faculty, and staff can login to their Skipjack accounts and access these features.  Google Drive will be released for Education apps soon, but a date has not been provided.  When you login to your Skipjack account  you will see a notice that it will be upgrading to Google Drive.

Here is a helpful review of the new Google Drive. 

What do you think about it?  How have you been using it for education?

What is Netiquette?

Step 1: Be clear

Be clear in your e-mails and text messages. Don’t include acronyms unless you’re sure the recipient will understand them. Use sarcasm sparingly, if it all, since it’s easily misunderstood in print. And never write in all caps — unless you actually intend to be shouting.

Step 2: Attach with care

If you’re sending an attachment, make sure it’s compatible with the recipient’s software. If it’s larger than 5 megabytes, compress it before sending. Otherwise, it could lock up the recipient’s inbox.

Tip: Share photos by posting them online rather than sending them as individual attachments.

Step 3: Respect people’s privacy

When you send group e-mails, respect people’s privacy by typing the addresses into the BCC — or blind carbon copy — field; this prevents recipients from seeing that anyone else was copied on the email. Never forward someone’s e-mail address or message to a third party unless you have the sender’s permission.

Step 4: Fill them in

Fill in the subject line. It only takes a second, and it provides your recipient with useful information that can help them track the e-mail in the future. If you’re forwarding a message, include a brief explanation as to why you’re doing so.

Step 5: Be sensitive

Don’t tag pictures of other people on social-networking sites if they’ve previously asked you not to, and don’t discuss anyone’s private business — no matter how harmless you think it is — on people’s walls or anywhere on their profiles where others can view it.

Step 6: Think before you IM

Think before you send an instant message to someone. It’s meant for brief, swift exchanges. Don’t begin an IM correspondence with someone if you think you’re going to be interrupted or if the subject necessitates a long discussion.

Step 7: "Lurk" before you leap

Don’t contribute to boards until you’ve “lurked” — that is, read what’s already been written, so you can get a sense of what’s appropriate before you join in. Lurking will also prevent you from annoying people with questions that have already been answered and insights that have already been shared.

Tip: If a site has a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, read it before posting a query.

Step 8: Refrain from "flaming"

On discussion boards, refrain from “flaming” people — disagreeing with them in a gratuitously nasty manner. Also, resist the urge to respond to someone else’s flame in kind. And don’t be a troll — someone who purposely tries to incite others. Bottom line? Treat others the way you’d like to be treated, online and off.

What is a Web Browser?

A web browser is an application that lets you surf the Internet, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, & Mozilla Firefox. Being aware of what a browser is and isn’t, as well as the differences between the different browsers, can save you a lot of troublesome headaches.