YouTube 360

With the rising demand for VR (virtual reality) in today’s society, it’s no surprise that some major companies are making a go at promoting this explosive trend into their company or products.

How a 360 Video is Made

If you haven’t done your research, then you are probably wondering how these 360 videos are even made. These interactive videos are made with a special 360 degree camera. Big companies like Samsung have made their own version of the 360 cam, and Nikon even made a water-proof version, used in the YouTube hit “Isle of Jaws”. 

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Image from “Isle of Jaws”

These cameras make filming everything happening all at once a possibility. The video is filmed just like any other video that you would shoot with your phone, it is then processed in a way that allows the gyro function in your phone to control the video and where you are looking during the video.

How to Find a 360 supported video on YouTube

New videos that support the 360 function pop up on YouTube every single day. You can easily find them all over the website. Just simply look up “360 YouTube video” in the search bar on YouTube’s home page. You can also follow this clickable link (“Isle of Jaws”) which will take you directly to the video. Screenshot 2017-02-13 at 11.26.39 AM.png

Usable Platforms

A lot of people, although not knowing about these videos, have heard all the rage about these “headsets that make you dizzy”. V.R. headsets have become very popular over the last couple of years, specifically in gaming, and for use with a mobile phone. Google stepped up to make what is called the “Google Cardboard”, a small cheap V.R. headset made out of cardboard, and two plastic magnifying lenses. You simply slide your phone in with a Cardboard compatible app or video and your ready to go.

More extreme versions of V.R. headsets have been made, and run on their own Operating System. They come built with the screens already on them, and that’s not all. The HTC Vive comes with two controllers that act as hands in some of the V.R. games that you can get for it.

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“HTC Vive” shown above

Along with the HTC Vive, there is another main stream V.R. Headset you may have heard about. Launched by Playstation as a prototype in 2016, and now available for the public to buy, The Playstation V.R. is making headlines everywhere, and if it wasnt strictly used for console gaming, the HTC Vive would have some pretty hefty competition.

“Playstation VR” shown above


Kaelin Tate was born in Ash Grove Missouri. He is involved in FBLA, Golf, Band, and Help Desk. Kaelin likes working on computers and being outdoors.

Twitter: @AG_King15


Automated QR Codes Using Google Forms

Using QR Codes and Google Forms to Automate Student Check-in

In this post, we look at how you can use the magic of Google Sheets to create unique QR codes for students that reduces check-in to a scan of a QR code and a couple of clicks, and (even better) sends the info to a Google Sheet that can be viewed by teachers and administrators in real time.

This is great for data purposes: How much time does a student spend getting math help? Or (my favorite question) how long does it take the average student to go to the restroom? Seriously, though, this is an amazing tool for ensuring student safety by helping us track where students are at any given point of the day. This would also be a great way to speed up the checking out of equipment (e.g. generating a QR code for each device that will pre-populate all of the information when scanned).

Basic Process

The basic process is to use the “get prefilled link” option in the Form under “more” (the three dots on the top right) to generate a pre-filled URL for the form. We then use this link as a pre-fill URL template for the form. For my Form, the prefill link looks like this:

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If we analyze the link, it’s a little messy, but we can see where the pre-fill information (student name) has been placed in the middle. Changing this one piece of information will change the information that automatically populates in that field when we load the form through this link. Google Sheets is a great way to create a unique URL for many students all at once.

The video below shows this process from beginning to end.

Load and pre-fill a Google Form with QR Codes


  1. Create the Google Form that will be used to submit your answers
  2. Create an Excel file that contains all information you want prefilled (students names or emails, etc.) with one cell for each field to be filled.
  3. Get the “prefilled link” for the Google Form and use the “Concatenate” formula in Sheets to quickly create a unique prefilled URL for each student.
  4. Format the sheet with URL in one column, and title in the next
  5. Use the “QR Code Generator” Add-On in Google Sheets to generate codes with titles

A little note:

I keep getting this question, so I want to clarify that this will not fill in a form that is already open. What these pre-fill links do is open the google form with the information pre-filled to minimize typing and possible typing errors.

A special thanks to the King of Google, Mr. Houp, who upon seeing my previous round-about method of generating QR Codes in Sheets, suggested there might be an Add-On for that, which resulted in my discovery of the amazing “QR Code Generator”.


Sharon Gadient is a Math Teacher at Ash Grove High School. This is her eighth year of teaching mathematics, and she still loves it. Sharon enjoys applied mathematics, and has a special fascination with fractals (both the pretty and the useful). Her hobbies include playing with technology, writing, and curling up on the couch with her German Shepherd to watch Dr. Who.

Twitter username @library_ghost

Fix “Chrome OS is Missing or Damaged” Error

This error message is scary. Luckily, it does not take many steps to resolve and shall soon be nothing more than a distant memory, just follow the steps outlined below.

Solution 1

Power Off, Power On

If the error message persists, shut down the Chromebook by holding down the power button for 5 seconds.  Then, tap the power button to power it on. The Chromebook should be fully operational.

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The power button is labeled “3”.

Solution 2

Perform a hard reset

A hard reset is achieved by simeltaneously pressing the keys “Esc” + “Refresh” + “Power”.  The screen will go black as soon as all three are pressed. After 5 seconds, the Chromebook is safe to power on and resume normal activitites.

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1: “Esc”             2: “Refresh”           3. “Power”

Developer Mode:

  1. Press Ctrl+D to go into developer mode and then click the “Enter” key.
  2. Press “Spacebar” key and then click the “Enter” key.

Finalize Hard Reset:

  1. Click the “Spacebar” key
  2. Click the “Enter” key
  3. Great job!

The computer is now ready for “Enterprise Enrollment” again!  Just signed in twice and you are good to go!


Solution 3

Reinstall the Chrome Operating System

Warning: All local data will be lost in this process. However, all files stored in “Google Drive” will not be affected.

Excerpt from Google’s help page below:

What you need to create recovery media
Make sure that you have:

A USB flash drive that can hold at least 4 GB, and that you don’t mind completely erasing. You can also use an SD card if your Chromebook has an SD card slot.
An extra Chromebook, Windows, or Mac computer with administrative rights and the Chrome browser installed.



Step 1: Install the Chromebook Recovery Utility app
On the working computer (not the Chromebook with the error), install the recovery app.
Open the app.

Step 2: Identify your Chromebook
In the screen that appears, type in the model number of the Chromebook you want to recover.
You can find this number at the bottom of the error message on your Chromebook.
Click Continue.

Step 3: Insert your USB flash drive or SD card
Important: All the information on the USB drive or SD card will be deleted. Make sure you’ve backed up those files.

On the working computer, insert your USB drive or SD card into an open port. The recovery app will show all storage devices connected to your computer.
Use the dropdown menu in the app to select the correct storage device.
Click Continue.

Step 4: Create a recovery image

Click Create now.
The tool will create the recovery image on your USB drive or SD card. Don’t remove the storage device yet.
When you see a message saying that your recovery media is ready, remove the storage device from your computer.

If you are continuing to experience troubles, you can navigate to Google’s support page.



Cole Davis (@Cole_Davis64) is a student at Ash Grove High who attends classes at OTC for Computer Information Science. He dabbles in 3D animation in his spare time, and likes to help people make the most out of their computers. It’s not uncommon to find him browsing spicy memes, or making some internet.

Improved writing by Speaking!

Fast and Easy

Voice to text can be used on almost all phones nowadays but mainly just smartphones such as LG and iPhone’s.

Easy Texting/Typing

Many people type by hand ideas or thoughts in their head every day, whether its by phone or computer.


Speak your mind to type

While typing its easy to get stuck and forget what popped into mind.


A Quicker way to type

By using voice to text, this allows for someone to let their thoughts flow onto the screen just as fast as they think of them.


Now there is an improved way of texting or typing up an essay, and its called voice to text! A way of being able to say everything without forgetting or getting halted. By using voice to text this allows an individual to speak what comes to mind first and not having to worry about the typing speed keeping up with the thoughts that are going through the mind.


Bio: Riley Benton (@beefcakes39) is an Ash Grove high school student who loves sports and is also a member of FBLA, STUCCO and FFA.  He plans on going to a community college and learning multiple of handy skills and applying that to his future job.

How To Easily Replace A Chromebook Battery

 If your Chromebook is running through it’s battery faster than you are, it’s time to replace it . Here’s how:

*NOTICE*: All of these steps are being done on an Acer C740 Chromebook which means these steps may not match exactly with your current chromebook. Although, the steps will still be very similar.


In order to complete this guide you are going to need the following materials:

  • phillps head screwdriver with a magnetic head (I recommend a small to medium size, nothing larger than a water bottle).

  • A new battery for your chromebook (of course)

  • OPTIONAL: A container to keep the differing screws seperate while deconstructing the chromebook

Powering Off The Chromebook:

First, power off your chromebook so you prevent corrupting any files or damaging your system. To do so, press and hold the power button for three seconds.


Removing The Back Cover:

Next, close the Chromebook and turn the bottom facing upwards. Here is where the phillips head screwdriver will come into use. The arrows on this image indicate the placement of the screws that need to be removed in order to access the interior of the chromebook.



Once all of the screws have been removed I suggest putting them in a spot that is difficult for them to fall off or in a container. Your chromebook should now be looking somewhat like the image below.


 Removing The Inner Screws:

Now you will need to remove the inner screws (as marked in the image below) and keep them separate from the previously removed ones.


 Removing Battery Connections:

Before finally removing the battery, make sure that the connections to the motherboard are unplugged (The connections are shown in the image below), then proceed to exchange the batteries. Then, just reverse the steps of this blog and you have successfully replaced a chromebook battery.




Zachary Bingham is a senior currently attending Ash Grove High School.His favorite after school activities are playing video games, watching  anime, and creating programs. Knowledge fuels his day to day life as well as exploring new ideas. Prior experience with technology he has had is taking OTC  Computer Information Science classes for 2 years. He also has had experience with programming languages such as Python,  C#, HTML, and CSS.

Twitter: @zbinghamAG

The Simple Guide to Replacing a Chromebook Screen

Have you ever dropped your Chromebook and had the screen break on you? Possibly shut the lid on something and cracked the screen? Luckily, you don’t have to take it to some expensive shop and get that screen replaced. In this simple guide I will show you where you can get a replacement screen and using only a screwdriver and about 15 minutes of your time you can have a brand new screen on your Chromebook.

What model do you have?

Today I will be replacing the screen for an Acer C740. You can find your model on the underside of your chrome book. There should be a small sticker that says the model number for the chrome book. Once you have the model number you can search for the right screen for your chrome book.

Screenshot 2017-02-23 at 1.31.29 PM.pngA great website to find replacement screens for a chrome book (or  other parts you might need) is . Just look up the correct screen for the model of chrome book you have and order it in. Most of them cost between $40 and $70  unless you have a touchscreen. A touch screen monitor costs around $150.

Getting the cover off

20170214_110256First you must peel off the black over around the screen. Start by getting your finger nail or a thin object like a flat head screwdriver under the bottom of the cover.

Be careful not to go to quickly while popping off the cover. The edges of the plastic can be sharp and can cut your hand/finger very easily.

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fingers under the cover and popping it out of place.




Removing the bad screen

Once the cover is off, there will be four screws holding in the screen. Below is a graphic that highlights the four screws that hold in the screen.


Take out those four screws and make sure to place these screws in a location where they cannot roll away. They are very small and nearly impossible to find if dropped.

Once those four screws are out the screen can be genitally lifted from its place. Personally I like to set the screen down onto the keyboard in order to remove the plug that connects it to the base. Peel off the tape that holds down the plug and then remove the plug. The old screen is now free and ready to be thrown out.


Next put the new screen on the keyboard upside down so that it can be plugged in. Make sure to get the pins all the way into the female side on the new screen. Once the new screen is plugged in and secured using the tape on the plug, the new screen can be set on the top half of the chrome book in preparation to be screwed in.

Before the new screen is screwed down, power on the chrome book and make sure that the new screen is working. If it is than you are ready to screw it down and secure it in place. If it does not, check the connection of the plug on the screen. If the plug is securely in place than it is possible that your new screen is not compatible with your chrome book or was damaged out of the box. Contact the customer support service of the site you bought the screen from in order to try and receive a refund or replacement.

Replacing the Cover

Once the new screen is secured down you can replace the black cover around the screen. Start by pushing in the grey hinge connector. Push the two connectors in like the image below shows.


Once the two hinges are in place you and push the rest of the cover back into place. There will be snaps when they click back. Once the cover is all the way on the repair job is done. Congratulations on your new screen.



Larry (@Larry_Fry_III) is 18 years old, from Bois D’Arc, MO; in his Senior year at Ash Grove High School. He loves everything that has to do with technology. He is also attending OTC’s Computer Information Science course. Larry plans to go on in life to become a programmer or a web developer. He consider myself an expert with google docs and “simi” coding expert in Python, C#, and HTML 5/Css.

How To Use Smarty Pins

What is Smarty Pins?

Smarty Pins uses Google Maps and gives trivia question that a player must pinpoint the location on the map.

How does it work?

A player is given a question such as, In what US state has the most Superbowl’s been played at? A player would pin a point on Florida. Say a player pins the point in Kansas City as many miles as the player is off are how many miles are taken away from your 1000 mile total given. 

How to play:

First choose either start a new game or choose a category.

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Choosing start a game allows a player to go straight into a game with a mixture of a bunch of questions from all categories. Choosing a category makes all the questions about that one topic. 

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Smarty Pins can be fun to play in free time while you learn trivia. Have fun!



Kyle (@PrattMaster1) is a Junior at Ash Grove High School and a student in the Assist Help Desk. He is on the Ash Grove track team and a member of FBLA. After High School he plans on going to college to become a physical therapist.