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The District's Transition to Google is Underway
The countdown to our Google Transition has begun
What the Transition Means for Students
Students will have access to the full suite of Google Doc tools. The tools align with Microsoft Office programs and can open Microsoft Office files (docx, xlsx, pptx, etc).
Chromebooks for Scholars
Similar to the Digital Convergence for teachers, the district will be purchasing a Chromebook for each scholar in grades 3 through 10 to be available in the fall. Initially, the Chromebooks will remain in school and be charged and secured in a locked cabinet or cart when not in use. In the future, students may elect to take Chromebooks home at the district’s discretion.
During the summer, the Division of Technology will continue work with each building principal to assist with the roll out plan for their building and strategies for family workshops.
Please click here to view the Mobile Device Roll Out Plan that was presented to the Board of Education last week. Please note, embedded in this plan are links to student/parent handbooks and the updated Division of Information and Technology Handbook addendum for staff which will remain open for comments and feedback until July 30, 2018, providing administrators the opportunity add comments as appropriate.
What the Transition Means for Staff/Faculty
New Email Address for Staff Members
As part of the district’s move to Gmail (July 1, 2018), the Division of Information and Technology is taking the opportunity to standardize the district’s email addresses. Effective July 1, 2018, ALL email addresses will be in the format of first initial and last name.
- For example, John Doe’s address would be email@example.com.
- For duplicate email addresses, one of the duplicates will include the second letter of the first name. In this example, Jane Doe’s address would be firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Those users who fall in this category (duplicate address) will be notified by email and a printed letter.
- Email sent to the “old” address (the one used in 2017/18) will be routed to the new address with no action needed from the user or the sender. Any reply to a message will contain the new address in the “from” field.
- Once you have received your new email address, please consider replacing business cards and other items which have an outdated email address.
G-Suite Professional Development
In support of the formal roll-out of G Suite for Education and Google Classroom, the district will be offering the opportunity for all teachers to attend one two-hour formal professional development workshops over the summer 2018, fall 2018 and spring 2019. These workshops will be taught by Instructional Technology Facilitators/Teachers. Each session will focus on strategies for using G Suite essentials, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Classroom. On-line training resources will also be available. Staff members can register for the G Suite workshops through My Learning Plan beginning June 18th, 2018. www.mylearningplan.com. Participants should bring their laptops.
These workshops will be listed in the District Catalog. Here is a one minute video which illustrates the process of registering for a workshop using the District Catalog.
TEACHERS: Are you and your students doing something great? Please contact your Communication Strategist. We’d love to attend or post your pictures and recap to highlight the amazing accomplishments throughout our district! Grades PreK-5 Amanda McDowell (email@example.com) and Grades 6-12 Cassie Sklarz (firstname.lastname@example.org).