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Click Sheet-  Accessing the STAAR Interim Test

 Prior to testing day, students will need to log out of their Chromebooks and restart to take care of any updates that are needed.

 1. Make sure you have your Testing Ticket handy. You will need it to log into your Interim Test. 

2. Do not log in. On the login screen, go to the bottom left-hand corner and select Apps. 

3. From the Apps. menu, select STAAR Online Testing Program

4. You will then be asked to select a test to take. Select Interim Assessment. 



STAAR Online Testing Program


5. You will be directed to the testing login screen.

6. Use the information from your testing ticket, emailed to you by your teacher: Username, password and session ID. 

STAAR login


7. Then select Take Test. 

Interium Assessment


Take Notes in a Table

This self-paced will teach you how to take notes for class by creating a table in Google Docs.

Couse Link

Knowt (

This free site creates a multiple-choice/fill-in-the-blank quiz from your notes. Knowt recently added the ability to add a note from your Computer, Google Drive, or from any website. Just enter a URL and Knowt will do the rest!

Access Your Downloads on a Chromebook

Accessing your Chromebook downloads is easy, just push the alt, shift and the letter m all at the same time. This will bring up a window that will allow you to get to all your files.

Caps Lock

Find yourself missing the Caps Lock key? Press the Search key and Alt together to activate Caps Lock. When you're ready to STOP SHOUTING, press Search and Alt again to switch back to normal text.

Chromebook Speech to Text

Dictation can help struggling typers get their thoughts down quickly. To turn the dictation microphone on, open up your Chromebook's settings, scroll all the way down to the bottom, and tap "Advanced." Scroll down more until you see the "Accessibility" header, then tap "Manage accessibility features" beneath it. Next, activate the toggle next to "Enable dictation (speak to type)," beneath the "Keyboard and text input" header. That'll put a small microphone icon in the lower-right corner of your screen, next to the notification panel; you can then tap it anytime to start speaking and have your words transcribed wherever your cursor is active.

Pin App to Your Chromebook Shelf

Add any app you visit regularly to your device's shelf for easy on-demand access by opening Chrome's menu (while viewing the site), selecting "More tools," and then selecting "Create shortcut." This will add it to your apps. You can locate your apps launcher in the bottom left corner of your home screen. Right-click on the app and select pin to shelf.

App launcher


Snap & Read Extention

This extension is a reading tool that can cover the most diverse reading needs. Features: Read Aloud - Listen to the text as it's read aloud across websites, PDFs, and Google Drive. It also reads in other languages.

Split Your Chromebook Screen 

Do you ever need to split your screen and view two screens at once? Try snapping any app or window to the side of your screen by hitting either

Alt and [ (left bracket) for the left side or Alt and ] (right bracket) for the right side. Repeat the command a second time to return the app or window to its default centered position

Window Docking


Taking a Quiz with Lockdown Browser

Some Quizzes in Canvas may be set up with Lockdown Browser. Click Here for directions.

How to clear your browsing data

Are you having trouble logging in to a website or textbook? Try clearing your browsing data. This is a great first step. Click here for directions on how to clear your browsing data in Google. 

Clear Browsing Data


How to take a screenshot on a Chromebook

It is sometimes handy to take a screenshot on your Chromebook. To capture the entire screen, hold down Ctrl and Window Switcher key.  To capture a specific limited area of the screen, hit Ctrl, Shift, and the Window Switcher key and then use the on-screen guides to select the area you want.

Keyboard shotcuts


Viewing Student Submissions as a Canvas Observer

The grade book is a great place to look if you want to know what assignments have been turned in through Canvas. You can see when the assignment was/is due, preview what your student turned in, plus see how many attempts are allowed as well as completed. Check out this video to see how.

Turning in a Canvas Assignment

Canvas assignments can be set up for different submission types. If you need help turning an assignment in check out the links below for support. You can also find these links in the Course Information Begin Here module located under the Start Here button on the home page of your Canvas course.

“How To…” Resources:

How to upload a file from Google Drive as an assignment submission

How to  submit an online assignment in Canvas

How to submit a media file in an assignment submission

Setup an Observer Account

Canvas allows parents to log in and be involved in your student(s) educational experience. If you have not yet set up your observer account use these directions to do so now.

Observers can:

  • View and read announcements
  • View assignments index page
  • View the calendar
  • View the dashboard of your student
  • View and read discussions
  • View files unless they are locked
  • View grades, view assignment due dates and comments, and print grades
  • View modules and see due dates and point values
  • View syllabus

Canvas Calendar

Using the Canvas Calendar is a great way to view everything you have to do for all your courses in one place. You can view calendar events by day, week, month, or agenda list. Click here to see more information on how to use the calendar feature or watch this short video.