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, lstlaurent@mansd.org 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 @mansd.org 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 http://go-gmail.mansd.org 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!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Getting Started with Gmail

On Monday, June 10, the Board of School Committee voted unanimously to adopt Google Apps for Education as a district-wide communication and collaboration platform. This service includes a Gmail-powered interface for your @mansd.org email address. NOTE: Your email address will NOT change. It will still be yourname@mansd.org.

QUESTIONS ABOUT GMAIL: Several schools in the district have already "Gone Google" and are using Gmail-powered email for their @mansd.org email address. As of July 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. Look on the left menu for "Getting Started" Gmail topics as well as Tips & Tricks for more advanced tasks. You can also browse the Google Training video library that is embedded in the home page of this site. Resources will be put in place for staff who need assistance at the beginning of the school year in September and for district office staff throughout the summer. 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!

Although the official Gmail start date is July 1, the above service are available for you to use as soon as your receive your login information. Look for additional resources and links to support pages at googleresources.mansd.org.

Monday, June 10, 2013

President Obama Visits Mooresville Graded School District

Gov. Bob Wise Comments on President Obama’s “ConnectED” Plan to Provide Schools with High-Speed Internet Access

Last week, President Obama announced “ConnectED,” a plan to provide 99 percent of the nation’s students with next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries within five years. The plan would also ensure that every educator in America receives support and training to use technology to help improve student outcomes. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:

“The effective use of technology is the only way to put every student in the fast lane to college and career readiness. That is why it is appropriate that President Obama chose Mooresville, North Carolina—located just 30 minutes north of NASCAR Hall of Fame—to announce his ConnectED initiative. It is also why the Alliance featured Mooresville in the first-ever Digital Learning Day and included Scott Smith, Mooresville’s chief technology officer on the Alliance’s Project 24 Team of Experts.

“In today’s ultra-fast, super-competitive global economy, all students and teachers need to be up to speed and connected to the information superhighway. Currently, however, far too many are stuck in proverbial traffic jams or idling at on-ramps because they lack access to high-speed internet connections.

“With today’s announcement, President Obama makes it possible for every school to build on the ‘Mooresville momentum’ and ensures that all students are on the same track, moving at the fastest possible speed, and heading toward higher standards and better learning outcomes.”

More details on President Obama’s ConnectED initiative is available athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/connected_fact_sheet.pdf.