Monday, June 24, 2013

Gmail Migration Update: New Date

After receiving feedback from Principals at the June 19 meeting, the timing of the Gmail migration schedule and plan has changed as follows:
July 1st
We will begin the transition by confirming staff google account logins and passwords.

In the last several weeks we have been busy identifying district staff who did not already have MSD Google accounts. Many of you have received or will soon receive an informational email with your user ID and temporary password. If you do not remember your login credentials please contact Liane St. Laurent, ASAP.

July 1-30
All district office staff will be converted to Gmail.

August 21-22
We will hold a Google Apps training for Principals and Assistant principals at MST in the quad. Exact time to be determined.
Sessions will also be scheduled for school secretaries before school begins.

September 9-30
We will provide Gmail training for all school staff. Additional training on the full Google Apps For Education suite will be ongoing throughout the year.

October 1st
Email delivery will switch from FirstClass to Gmail for all users.

QUESTIONS ABOUT GMAIL: Several schools in the district have already "Gone Google" and are using Gmail-powered email for their email address. As of October 1, 2013 all NEW email will be received in your MSD Google account. Your OLD email will remain on the FirstClass server and once the switch is made you will still have access to FirstClass to download old messages or download your contacts at your convenience. The FC server will remain available throughout the entire upcoming school year.

Gmail is intuitive and easy to use. Please see the attached "Getting Started" info sheet. This information will also be compiled on a new web site for Manchester School District -- stay tuned! Resources will be put in place for staff who need assistance at the beginning of the school year in September. When you log in to Gmail for the very first time, you will also see two messages from Google with additional "Getting Started" tips.

Google also offers many tools for communication and collaboration including:

Google Sites, a collaborative space for shared information and resources
Google Drive, a productivity suite that allows for both synchronous and asynchronous collaborative creation of documents, spreadsheets and presentations
Google Calendar and many more!

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