Summer Technology Professional Development

This summer is a great opportunity to explore the wonderful potential we will have in September when each student in grades 3-10 has his/her own Chromebook!  There have been several successful pilots over the course of the year, and there are many workshops being held this summer and fall to support our teachers in using these new tools. The real shifts start to happen as our students have new and exciting ways to take ownership of their learning.   Of course, the Chromebook is only a device much as the Palm Pilot was also device, so what will make being a student in this time and place so much different than initiatives in the past? Continue reading Summer Technology Professional Development

Year End Projects and Reviews: A Great Time to Start Using Google Classroom!

Our district is fortunate to have every teacher and student enrolled in a private G Suite Education domain, and  teachers have had increasing success using this online tool to engage their students.  For those who have not yet explored Google Classroom, now is a great time to make that leap and have students take further ownership of their learning! The members of our Instructional Technology Facilitator (ITF) team have participated in a variety of in-person and online training and have achieved Google Level 1 Educator certification.  They are available to work with our teachers directly–including in-class modeling–to ensure the necessary levels of support.  Take advantage of this valuable human resource and provide your students Continue reading Year End Projects and Reviews: A Great Time to Start Using Google Classroom!

Working with  PDF Documents and Converting Them to DOC Format in G Suite

As we move further and further along with our transition to G Suite and Chromebooks, questions inevitably arise.  One recent question from the field is: Do you know a way to work with  PDF documents and convert them to DOC in G Suite? Thanks! Yes, this is something that can be done in G Suite!  First, remember that a PDF can be text or a “picture of text” depending on how it was created.  As Lori Kaufman points out in her blog post “How to Convert PDF Files and Images into Google Docs Documents” from February 2017, “Google Drive can also convert any PDF, JPG, PNG, or GIF into a document with fully editable Continue reading Working with  PDF Documents and Converting Them to DOC Format in G Suite

Getting Ready for NECSD Gmail

As part of the yearlong transition from Microsoft to G Suite for Education, the Division of Information and Technology is working behind the scenes to ensure a smooth experience for all.  Our team of Instructional Technology Facilitators (ITF) has participated in formal Google certification programs and continues to grow their expertise with this robust set of tools. Recently, a pilot group of users in the district was migrated from Outlook to Gmail and will use it exclusively in the months leading up to the final cut-over (scheduled for July 1, 2018).  These users will also provide feedback and identify any potential hurdles our users may experience.  As we move closer to the transition, the Continue reading Getting Ready for NECSD Gmail

Saving a Requestor’s Form in MLP

Q.  Can an “approver” save work they are doing on a “requestor’s” form.   For example, if they have added a few items can they save as they wait for a PO number?   A.   At the bottom of a Request Form there will be an option to “Save as Draft” or “More Info”. This opens up the form for you to add more info, but holds its place in an Approval Queue. If you need any further assistance do not hesitate to reach out to Support. 

Review of Google Essentials

As we prepare for our full transition to G-Suite for Education, including Gmail and Google Calendar, there are essential skills that apply to most of the suite (i.e. Docs, Sheets, Presentations).  This one-pager provides a list of these essentials, as well as a short “how to” for each.  District employees who would like to attend a hands-on workshop should contacts their school’s Instructional Technology Facilitator.

Bulk Uploading Files and Folders to Google Drive

Google Drive

As the district transitions to G-Suite for Education, users may want to move files and folders to Google Drive.  Below are steps for doing so, including a few suggestions to consider. Create a folder on your desktop and label it”Original Files.” Place into the “Original Files” folder all files and folders you plan to move to Google Drive.  This may involve downloading some from OneDrive or copying from a network drive. Using the Chrome browser, log into your district G-Suite account and go to Drive. Click “New” and choose “Upload Folder” Upload the “Original Files” folder by selecting it.  It may take a few minutes to upload, depending on the size of your files.  Once Continue reading Bulk Uploading Files and Folders to Google Drive