Adding a printer on your Mac is quick and easy once you know how.
Follow these simple directions to add a new printer.

Your account on your Mac is an admin account so whenever you are prompted to authenticate just use your account and password that you use to log onto your Mac every day.

Begin by clicking on the Apple Menu in the upper left corner and choose System Preferences.
On the System Preferences window choose Print & Scan in the Hardware section.

On the Print & Scan window you will need to first remove any unnecessary printers from the list.
If you just want to add a new printer then ignore the part about deleting printers, however you need to see how to authenticate below.

Click the padlock in the lower left corner to authenticate.  Use your Mac account.

Select a printer in the list you wish to remove and click the - minus sign in the lower left corner of the list window.  Repeat this process until all unnecessary printers have been removed.
Once you have finished removing all the printers you no longer require you may now add printers you  may need.

Here is a Google Doc with a printer list for you to select from.  This list is in your Google Docs as a shared file called Easy Printer List.  Go to your Google Docs and select Shared with me in the left hand Google Drive menu and look for the file or click the link above.

To add new printers follow these steps:

First choose the printer you want from the Easy Printer List, note or copy the IP address of the printer from the list.  Also note what printer driver is being recommended.

Click the + Plus sign in the lower left of the printer list window.

On the Add window click on the IP globe icon and fill in the form based on the information from the Easy Printer List.  Note that the Protocol: and Use: fields are pull down menus.  Make sure you change the Protocol to HP jetdirect - Socket.  
Click the Add button when you have filled in the form.  Repeat the process to add additional printers.


#1 In rare cases the HP Jetdirect - Socket option does not work the best and your print jobs may not come out of some printers.  In this case, delete the printer and then re-add the printer this time choose and try the Line Printer Daemon LPD option in the Protocol pull down list.

#2 If one of your printers spewed out garbage print jobs, immediately pull the paper tray out of the printer, cancel your print job and then reset the printer.  Next, delete that printer from your list.  Re-add the printer and make sure you are using the recommended printer driver in the Use: filed.
Chequamegon School District's BYOD policy makes it easy to shop for your student this year for Christmas.  Under BYOD or Bring Your Own Device to school, what ever choice you make for a device for your student it will be allowed in school.  Here are some handy tips and choice recommendations for this years holiday shopping for a digital device for your student.

Tablets are all the rage this year with prices lower than ever.  The iPad is the top selling tablet with the new 9.7" retina display 4th generation iPad starting at $499 for the 16G WiFi only model.  For some this is a hefty price to pay so best to get the generation 2 iPad at $399.  It has all the same basic features as the generation 4 iPad but without the retina display and a little slower processor. Then there is the iPad mini with a 7.9" display, smaller than the larger unit but basically the same as the generation 2 iPad in specs with a price starting at $329.  While the Apple iOS has not changed much in the past couple of years, expect your new iPad to be compatible with the next release of iOS 7  predicted to be a major shift in its graphical user interface design to keep pace with features found on Android devices.

If you are looking to get a great tablet but do not want to pay the premium price of an iPad then check out the Google Nexus 7 at  The Nexus 7 has tremendous reviews and is only $199 in price for the $16G WiFi model.  Your student can use the Nexus 7 to do research with Google's new voice search connected to knowledge based search engines as well as voice dictate a document directly into a Google doc even while off line.  Google is making tremendous strides in voice technology and the Nexus 7 is the only purely Google Android OS other than the Nexus 10.   Speaking of the Nexus 10, here is another purely Android OS device with all the latest features Google Android has to offer.  The Nexus 10 is a larger tablet like the iPad with on-screen keyboard that uses swipe technology which is a rapid input typing method unique to Android devices.  The Nexus 10 could be used in place of a laptop with its integration with Google Apps and voice dictation capabilities.

If you are looking for a laptop for your student, there are many to choose from but at this time I DO NOT recommend anything using Windows 8.  Windows 8 needs another year to be refined and for more software programs and apps to be developed.  Since tablets are out selling laptops by more that 2 million units per month, there are a plethora of Windows 7 laptops to choose from that are going to be dumped on the market in time for Christmas to make way for new Windows 8 touch laptops.  These Windows 7 laptops will be cheep.  Again I do not recommend the Windows 8 devices at this time.  
For a premium laptop the Apple Macbook Air is the best choice.  Ultra thin and light, 100% solid-state (no moving parts), runs all day on a battery charge and with the newest Mac OS it is super easy and slick to use.  The next Mac OSX update is expected to have Siri and an improved voice dictation built in.  Typical starting price for the Air Book is $1,199. 
At the complete opposite end of the spectrum, if you are looking for a cheap alternative laptop or a second computer for around the house you cannot beat the Google Chromebook.  Starting at $199 on the Google play store it is hard to beat the price.  The Chromebook is a cloud-based laptop that all the students are using at school.  Works with their Google accounts and stores all their data in the cloud.   I recommend the Samsung model on the Google Play store for $249.  The Samsung model Chromebook is 100% solid state (no moving parts, just like the Mac Book Air), boots up in 10 seconds and runs all day on a battery charge.  This is a great device for doing research on the web and for document production.  I use a Chromebook every single day for reading, document creation, updating my websites and more.  Did I mention it plays videos and music as well?

If you are considering a smart phone for your student I recommend the iPhone or the Nexus 4.  You can find the iPhone at and the Nexus 4 at  Both are terrific phones and your choice is dependent on just a few simple things:  if you already have an investment in iTunes music or videos or Apps then you choose the iPhone, if you are new to smart phones and want to try something very different then choose the Nexus 4.  You will not go wrong with either choice and both will work just fine at school.

What ever you choose your student can be using a device of his or her choice at school and at home with their own personalized device.  Your student will be happier using their own device and could ultimately be more productive,
When you first get your new Macbook Air, Java is not configured.  You need  Java in order to use your grade book.  To setup Java initially open Firefox and enter in to the address field.
When Firefox opens and goes to the Java website there will be an indication on the screen that an older version of Java has been detected.  There is a link on the page under the red FREE JAVA DOWNLOAD button that says "Skip installation of the current version and test the currently installed version of Java".  Click this link and on the blank window click on the "Missing Plugin" link.  This will install Java 6 for you.  
When the install is complete quit Firefox -> Firefox / Quit Firefox.  Then relaunch Firefox and enter and click the link "test the currently installed version of Java".  If Java still does not work then follow these directions below:

Click on the Mac Desktop and then in the menu above click on GO and select Utilities in the menu.  find the Terminal utility.  In the black window copy and paste the following lines of text one at a time.  When you paste the first line you will be prompted for a password, enter your Macbook Air log on account password and press enter.  Re-paste the first line of text.

Then cut and paste all the remaining lines of text into the terminal window.

sudo mkdir -p /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/disabled

sudo mv /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/disabled

sudo ln -sf /System/Library/Java/Support/Deploy.bundle/Contents/Resources/JavaPlugin2_NPAPI.plugin /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin

sudo ln -sf /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Commands/javaws /usr/bin/javaws

When you have entered each line of text above, close the terminal window.  Then in Firefox enter  You should be able now to activate Java by clicking "Always run on this site" at the top of the screen and see Java run.

Apple will no longer be supplying the version of Java on your Mac.  The last version supplied by Apple is Java 6 update 37.  There could be additional updates of version 6 for now.  The newest Java version is 7 update 9 at the time of this writing and is only supplied by Oracle at the Java web site.  If you in-inadvertently install Java 7 during a software update process you will no longer be able to use the Chrome web browser for your grade book and any other functions that require Java. This is because the Chrome browser on the Mac is a 32bit browser and Java 7 only works on 64bit browsers.  If you upgrade your Java to version 7 then you will have to use Firefox or Safari for all of your Java-based activities.  I have written to Google to see if there is a 64bit version of the Chrome web browser on the horizon.

If you accidently upgrade your version of Java to 7 and would like to undo it there are instructions here.  They may seem intimidating but actually it is easy with cut and paste.
Once in a while your MacBook (Air) or (Pro) may not be working correctly.  Most computer issues are cleared up when you do a simple reset.  Some indications that your Mac needs to be reset are listed below:

The computer's fans run at high speed although the computer is not experiencing heavy usage and is properly ventilated.

The keyboard backlight appears to behave incorrectly (on Mac computers that have this feature).
The Status Indicator Light (SIL) appears to behave incorrectly (on Mac computers that have an SIL).
Battery indicator lights, if present, appear to behave incorrectly (on portables that use non-removable batteries).
The display backlight doesn't respond correctly to ambient light changes on Mac computers that have this feature.

The computer doesn't respond to the power button when pressed.
A portable Mac doesn't appear to respond properly when you close or open the lid.
The computer sleeps or shuts down unexpectedly.
The battery does not appear to be charging properly.
The MagSafe power adaptor LED doesn't appear to indicate the correct activity.

System Performance
The computer is running unusually slowly although it is not experiencing abnormally high CPU utilization.
Application icons may "bounce" in the Dock for an extended amount of time when launched.
Applications may not function correctly or may stop responding after being opened.

Please follow the instructions below to reset your Mac.

MacBook Air
Portable computers that have a battery you should not remove on your own include MacBook Pro (Early 2009) and later, all models of MacBook Air, and MacBook (Late 2009).
  1. Shut down the computer.
  2. Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power source, connecting it to the Mac if its not already connected.
  3. On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time.
  4. Release all the keys and the power button at the same time.
  5. Press the power button to turn on the computer.  
    : The LED on the MagSafe power adapter may change states or temporarily turn off when you reset the SMC.

MacBook and MacBook Pro
Resetting the SMC on Mac portables with a battery you can remove
Note: Learn about removing the battery on MacBook and MacBook Pro.
  1. Shut down the computer.
  2. Disconnect the MagSafe power adapter from the computer, if it's connected.
  3. Remove the battery.
  4. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
  5. Release the power button.
  6. Reconnect the battery and MagSafe power adapter.
  7. Press the power button to turn on the computer.