For First Year “Online-Schoolers”

Mahima V.

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It’s your first day in high school, you’re walking through the long and dim halls with cold metallic lockers surrounding you — wait a second, back up — that’s just a nightmare! You don’t have a locker! You have a GoogleDrive, OneDrive, or an iCloud account. Some freshmen might be worried about getting used to their lockers, remembering the combo for lockers, attending their classes on time, or taking notes as quickly as they can.  

Fortunately, in an online-schooling environment you can easily feel confident, create your own schedules, save your work appropriately, attend your CCs (Class Connects) on time, and the list goes on and on and on!

Online schooling is becoming a prevalent concept. Let’s face it – it’s the future. So, since you’re already ahead of the game, let’s get you started with what essential tools you will need.


You will need:

  • Microsoft Office package (includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint Presentation, Outlook, & sometimes OneNote)
  • Screenr, Screen-o-Matic or TechSmith’s Jing screencast (use TechSmith’s products – Jing is free and again, a user friendly product.)
  • Snipping Tool or TechSmith’s SnagIt tool (I suggest that you use SnagIt)
  • GoogleDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or iCloud*


Okay, so you’re probably thinking now, “Whooaa ok, so like what do all these programs do?”

Well, for now, I’ll give you a quick summary of what each program does.


  • Microsoft (MS) Word is mostly used for your teacher graded assignments (TGAs), here at GWUOHS. It is a document and word-processing program. You can view, read, edit, and create documents. There is a cool trick, however, in MS Word that you can use to complete math assignments online! We’ll talk about that another time.
  • MS Excel is mostly used for organizing, calculating, graphing, and more. Most people use MS Excel for math and science classes.
  • MS Outlook is an email and calendar program. You can add any email account such as Google, Yahoo, Msn, etc. Also, I suggest you use your calendar to organize your schedule.
  • MS PowerPoint Presentation is a — yep, you guessed it right — a presentation program! For many of your courses, especially Honors courses, you’ll have to create presentations and present them at CCs.
  • TechSmith’s Jing, in my opinion, is much nicer to use than Screenr or any other screen recorder program. For some of your classes, you would be asked to record your PowerPoint presentations. So using Jing can really save a lot of time!
  • The Snipping tool is on most computers; just search for it and pin the program somewhere. This tool cuts/copies pieces of your computer screen, kind of like the print screen button. However, the print screen ability takes a picture of the whole computer screen. The Snipping tool allows you take a picture of a small portion of your screen. I suggest using TechSmith’s SnagIt instead, since it has more features and is more user-friendly.
  • GoogleDrive, OneDrive, Dropbox, iCloud – you’re probably already familiar with these programs. These programs allow you to file share with others and save files on your smartphone, tablet, and PC! Using any of these programs can really help you complete your assignments on time, especially when you’re traveling a lot!


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Mahima V.  🙂

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