Summer 2020

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Microsoft 365

All district windows devices have been upgraded with Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 is the latest iteration of Microsoft’s Office suite (previously Office XP, Office 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 etc.). Microsoft 365 features all the same desktop software as previous versions, but also incudes a wide array of online Tools which can be found at https://office.com . The Londonderry Ed Tech website has links to easy to follow tutorials for those looking for a refresher or to learn about what is new. While there have been some cosmetic updates to the most common apps in the suite, such as Outlook, Word, and Excel, most users should find little difference between the 2016 version and Office 365. The largest changes are the addition of more collaboration tools, and some very useful accessibility features.

Google Meet

Beginning in early September Google Meet will allow for a 49 person tiled view. This is an increase from the old 16 person tiled view.

In early September Google will also integrate its whiteboard software “Jamboard” directly into Meet, making it easier to present and collaborate with your students online.

We are currently exploring a breakroom extension that should allow classes to be broken into smaller groups during video conferences and will send out more information on this feature soon.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom has 3 Ways to Invite students to your class, including the new “invite with a link”

Each class you create has an invite link. You can share the link with students so they can join your class.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com.

  2. On the class card, click More Copy invite link.

  3. Paste the link into an email for your students.
    When students get your email, they click the link to join your class.

Note: If you don’t see Copy invite link, make sure you have Invite codes enabled.

Google Sites

Google is transitioning away from Classic Sites, their old website builder, to New Sites. You will have until May 2021 to make edits to any existing Classic Sites and they will be removed from the internet December 2021. Luckily there is a simple way to convert your old site to the new platform (the site URL will remain the same unless you take the additional steps list in the instructions below to change it).

Convert your Site in classic Sites Manager

  1. On your computer, go to classic Sites.

  2. On the left panel, click Classic Sites Manager.

  3. On the right panel, click Conversion tool.

  4. To keep the same site permissions, check the box next to "Share with the same people."

  5. Click Start.

    • It may take several minutes to convert large Sites.

    • After conversion, changes you make to your original Site won't transfer to the new one.

  6. Click Continue.

  7. To review your Site, click Review draft.

    • Optional: If you plan to publish your new Site to another address, click Advanced Disconnect.

  8. To publish your Site, at the top right, click Publish.

  9. Enter a web address for your new Site.

    • Optional: To change who can view your Site, click Manage.

  10. Click Publish.

New Items

Beginning August 31st (possibly sooner) all users will have access to the pro versions of two new, heavily requested online tools, Screencastify and Edpuzzle. Both applications integrate with Google Classroom and we will provide trainings and tutorials for both these news applications once the school year begins. Links to quick start videos are included with the description of each app below for those who want to start investigating them now.

Screencastify https://www.screencastify.com/

Screencastify is a Chrome browser extension that allows for one click screen capture with picture in picture, video storage (to your Google Drive) and basic video editing. You can view a quick video about it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTzLEAg_kYY

Edpuzzle https://edpuzzle.com/

Edpuzzle allows teachers to create interactive video quizzes, and ties directly into Google Classroom. View the getting started video here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emS5JGciwuI