Google Password Resets

Some high school students in upper grades may suddenly be unable to login to their district Google account if they are not using the “default” password we routinely assign them. If you hear of a student having this problem please let them know their password is their 2-digit class/grad-year followed by their 6-digit student ID/lunch number.

Recent account maintenance included resetting passwords; however, students in lower grades and campuses should not have a problem, since they cannot change them from default.

Please call or refer them to me if there are still problems or questions.

Rusty Meyners
Eustace ISD Technology
903 425 5137

Google Maps View – PhotoSphere Sharing

Google Maps just added a Views feature that lets Google Plus users submit PhotoSpere images to their Views profile for public browsing. If approved, they may also be integrated into a Views layer on Google Maps.

Check it out at

I’ve also found a particularly interesting trick for what I’ll call Dynamic Viewing of these shared PhotoSpheres if you have an Android device with an eCompass (probably not Fire) and accelerometer (almost everybody). Here are the initial steps, though you are then able to share a more direct link:

Once PhotoSpheres are shared on your Maps View account they are queued for approval to show up in Maps. When that happens there is a link to “View on Google Maps”. When you click that link while on Android, it will ask what app you prefer to open it with. If you choose Google Maps, it will actually open it in the Street View viewer. On Androids with an eCompass the Street View menu has a “Compass” mode that gives what I’m calling the Dynamic View effect. Kindle Fire or iPad can view these as a “panorama” somewhat less dynamically.

After your Photo Sphere is approved for the “View on Google Maps” link, you can copy that for more direct sharing like THIS (click here).

If opening this link on an Android, choose Google Maps so that it will open directly in Street View with access to the “Compass mode” in the menu.

From a Windows browser you can even get an embed code for doing such as this:

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MS MovieMaker Versions and Considerations

Following is a response to a Technology Interest Group email discussion on this subject and may receive additional edits or updates as appropriate.

There are actually about 3 main versions of MS MovieMaker  – not counting “Live” which so far everyone here has agreed to discount. Two of them can work on XP or Win7 netbooks and each has their strong points as well as caveats to consider for use on Win7 workstations as well. The info below is largely off the top of my head (if an inaccuracy is found, let me know and I’ll attempt to correct it):


1.       MovieMaker XP (I THINK it’s official tag is something like MM2.0)

a.       Works reasonably on Atom (preferably 1.66ghz) processor laptops

b.      Includes webcam capture

c.       DVD production features not included (if I recall correctly)

d.      “Hack” available to put this version on Vista or Win7

i.      webcam capture would be the reason for using this hack

ii.      Hacked version CAN run alongside other MM versions

2.       MovieMaker Vista (real tag might be something like MM6)

a.       MOST POWERFUL VERSION OVERALL – use this one if your workstation can handle it but not on netbooks

b.      DVD production features included (as I recall)

c.       HiDef capabilities included (as I recall)

d.      More transitions and effects than XP (as I recall)

e.      “Hack” available to put this version on Win7 with compatible hardware

i.      Superior features to MM “Live” being the reason for this hack

ii.      Hacked version can run alongside other MM versions

3.       MovieMaker 2.6 – Think of it as MM Vista modified (dumbed-down)- chronologically this one is third but logically it belongs between the other two

a.       Has most features of Vista version EXCEPT HiDef (& maybe some effects) which has been removed to be compatible with more hardware, including Win7 netbooks

b.      This is the one you can download from

c.       DVD features and (possibly) additional transitions & effects might be reasoning for possibly using this on XP (if I’m recalling that part accurately)


I’m not saying netbooks are video production machines – any class that specializes in that should not plan on them as a vehicle – but they are serviceable in producing routine video submissions for core classes and others where intense technical artistry are not the point.

Bulldogs vs. Quitman – Varsity Video – Live & Replay

Friday Night Football Streaming Live, & Replaying Here Too!


My apologies that a replay of the Quitman game is still not available due to “Technical Difficulties” (love that term 🙂

I’m still working on it determinedly! – Rusty

(Click Here if player does not appear above or to open external player)

Above is a “Live” stream window that will be active during an event broadcast.

It won’t start automatically unless the event is already in progress so if in doubt, click the Play button again – Double-Click video for fullscreen

You should see the game there Friday night but until then we’ve used it for testing, including the Friday morning pep rally.

UPDATE: Pep Rally Live Stream seemed to go well with minor exceptions – from what we could tell. If you watched it, please give us some feedback in the comments (or Leave a Reply) feature at the bottom of this post. A Replay of the morning pep rally is available here (click) NOW.

Ms. Lancaster’s Audio/Video Production class will be streaming Varsity Home games and other events LIVE over the Internet. These programs will be presented for viewing right here in The Yard -where Bulldogs Meet & Share (blogging, video, discussion, etc.).

Archives of these and other videos will also be available in The Yard where you can not only view them again but (in many cases) also re-share them or download your own copy! Below is an example of an archived game from last year (vs. Palmer with Homecoming Court) and soon you can find more like it – check out the Download and Share features.

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Oh, and use The Yard’s Comments feature below for feedback and discussion!