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Chromebook Information

Ankeny Schools is a 1:1 Chromebook district. For more information regarding student and parent responsibilities, repair fees, acceptable use,  troubleshooting tips, and FAQ, please visit our Chromebook district policy page, Ankeny 1:1 Initiative.

If you are a Northview student and are having Chromebook problems, accidentally cracked your screen, or need to replace your charger, please fill out this Northview Chromebook Repair Request Form to let the Teacher Librarian know you are in need of assistance.  This form is for use by hybrid and remote students.

Microphone Volume Troubleshooting

If you are having problems with your microphone being too loud or too soft during classroom video calls, you can use these Chromebook -Set Microphone Levels Directions to adjust the volume.


Find up-to-date information on our new citation tool, NoodleTools!

Search Tips: How can I find better sources

Try these search strategies in the Gale Power Search:

Strong search terms (no wimpy words)

Try other databases

Search hints for the web

  • Make sure you evaluate ALL websites when you’re searching through a search engine like Google.  Consider Easybib’s helpful pointers:
  • Purpose
  • Authority
  • Relevance
  • Accuracy

Try a Google New search–and use the limiters on the left margin to help you narrow your date range.

Narrow or broaden your search with “leap-frog” searching (4 min.)

Google Resources

Google: Apps for Education (GAFE) User’s Guide
Tips for Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawings

Google: Docs, A Beginner’s Guide
From Google Support

Google: Docs, Adding a Watermark

Google: Docs, More Tips
Be sure to review all four pages.

Google: Drive Google Apps Learning Center

Google: Drive Help Center
Store, organize and find, share, and sync files; Docs, Sheets, Slides, and other apps

Google: Getting the Best Out of a Google Search

Google: Using Chrome Bookmarks

Google: Voice Typing