Tech Coach webpage

Welcome to the Tech Coach page!


Hot Topics

11.10.17 – Speed up giving your feedback to students.

11.10.17 – What to do with scam emails.

10.23.17 – Here is a concise video on Google Classroom.

10.09.17 – Here area few videos that cover beginning to advanced Excel features.

 09.08.17 – iPads – The tech department and I are looking into the Apple Classroom Management option for iPads. This is very early in the research stage, so we don’t know much about how well this will fit with your needs.

09.07.17 – Elementary – iStation access for teachers and students is through and uses the email addresses for student login. Teachers use their email accounts. Many teachers will need to do a password reset.

Staff that are not ELA teachers will have to get other login details from their Instructional Coaches or Admin. This is a work in progress.

08.09.17 – Secondary – Video to show how to set up weighted grading. Year old and does not discuss “new” ability to copy.

07.22.17 – Team Drives are now a thing.

07.03.17 – Check the status of Google services here to see if something is broken on their end.





Who's on First?




TJ Adams – Tech Coach

Primary responsibilities: Teaching teachers and students about learning/curriculum based technology. Gathering and presenting data.

Extra tasks: Working with the bus company, setting up Think Through Math (now Imagine Math) accounts, and administering internal grants.

Backup tasks: Setting up Google accounts for staff and resetting Google passwords.


Richard Bean – Building Tech

Primary responsibilities: Ensuring that hardware and software at CRHS, Oregon Trail, and Perrine are functioning properly. Setting up new teacher computer and email accounts.

Extra Tasks: Troubleshooting and repairing broken things to put the magic smoke back in.


Brett Keller – IT Manager

Primary responsibilities: Manage information technology and computer systems, plan, organize, control and evaluate IT and electronic data operations, manage IT staff by recruiting, training and coaching employees, communicating job expectations and appraising their performance, design, develop, implement and coordinate systems, policies and procedures, ensure security of data, network access and backup systems, and handle the annual budget and ensure cost effectiveness.

Extra Tasks: Remind you to restart your computer when your Pandora stops working and you email him instead of your building tech.

Backup tasks: Setting up staff accounts and messing with the WiFi.


Jim O. – Database Manager

Primary responsibilities: Often confused with the Great and Powerful Oz, this Dr. of data is not involved with most of the things he gets emails for. Jim works with PowerSchool data and state reporting. He also works with those that need that data, like administrators and secretaries. 

Extra Tasks: Setting up access for Moodle.

Backup tasks: Server stuff.

Awards: The TFSD Fred award and the ranking Idaho high score in Just Dance 2017.

Nerd Alert!





When the sky is falling, there may be information here to identify if it is just you or a wider issue.

Current Trends

Virtual Reality in the Classroom.

Seesaw for digital portfolios. and digital Breakout creation.

Mentimeter is like Woordle and PollEverywhere combined.



Beta Test

InstaGrok for research.

ThingLink for annotating videos and images. Example here.




Digital Citizenship for all ages.

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