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Scott Nason - Director of Technology

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Synergy Mail - NEW in ParentVUE and StudentVUE

Synergy Mail is a new module in ParentVUE/StudentVUE that was recently implemented at MSAD 6 schools. 

Synergy Mail allows teachers to communicate with parents/guardians/students directly from Synergy.  Once a message is sent by the teacher, the parent/guardian/student will see the message in both their ParentVUE/StudentVUE portal account AND their email address(es) on file.

In ParentVUE and StudentVUE you will find Synergy Mail in the upper left hand corner of the menu under Home.

When there is a message waiting you will see a number in a red oval.

To view the message(s) simply click on Synergy Mail to enter your inbox.  From here you can reply directly to the teacher by opening the message and then choosing Reply.

When a message is received in the parent/guardian/student email account the message will show it is from a NoReply email address.  In order to reply to the teacher you must click on the link within the email that says "Click here to reply to message".  This will take you to your ParentVUE/StudentVUE account to reply directly to the teacher within Synergy. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

New Google Sign-in interface Coming Soon

Heads up, beginning November 27th Google is changing their login page look again.

This is the current look:

This is the new look:

All MSAD 6 School Closed, November 20, 2018

Good morning,

All MSAD 6 Schools are closed today, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 due to the weather. 

Thank you and please drive safely if you must go out.

Friday, November 16, 2018

All MSAD 6 Schools and Central Office Closed

Good morning!

All MSAD 6 Schools and the Central Office are closed today, Friday, November 16, 2018 due to the weather.

Please drive safely if you must be out today.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

It's that time of year!

Winter weather is fast approaching (faster than many of us would like), please make sure your contact information is up-to-date in School Messenger (our alert system).  If you have not already done so, please set up your School Messenger account by using these directions.

Parents/guardians, if your information is not correct please either notify your school of any phone number or email changes as soon as possible, or submit changes via your Synergy ParentVUE account.   Parents/guardians who have not yet created a parent portal account (which will also allow you to see your child's grades, absences and other information) should contact their child's school for their activation key.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Latest GSuite Updates

Here are some of the latest updates in GSuite!

Available within the next few days:
Posted: 15 Oct 2018 12:03 PM PDT
In response to user feedback, we’re adding a vertical ruler in Google Docs on the web that will help you manipulate tables and control the margins in headers and footers.

Better table management with new vertical ruler 

When you’re using a table, you’ll see your table structure highlighted in a vertical ruler on the left side of the screen. The vertical ruler matches the horizontal ruler, which already exists and is a popular way to control cell width and margins.

You can use the ruler to change the height of rows in the table. When you do so, you’ll see a guide telling you the specific height of the row so you can quickly format it to the specific size you want. You can also use it to control the vertical margins in headers and footers

Available now:

Posted: 09 Oct 2018 02:45 PM PDT
The Explore feature in Google Docs and Slides makes it simple to search for Google Drive files related to whatever you’re currently working on. With this launch, G Suite Basic, Business, and Enterprise users can view images and charts in those files—right from within the Explore panel—and insert them quickly and easily into their document or presentation.

Posted: 26 Sep 2018 12:37 PM PDT
We’ve already made it easier to reply to emails; we’re now making it easier to compose them. Smart Compose in Gmail, now available to G Suite users, intelligently autocompletes your emails. At launch, it can fill in common phrases and relevant addresses, like that of your home and office; in the future, it will get smarter—learning your most-used greetings.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Welcome back...

Welcome back. We hope that you enjoyed your summer. While you were gone, Technology upgraded
the wifi at Buxton Center, Hollis, and Edna Libby Elementary. The new access points (APs) are the latest technology and should provide you faster service. We also added more APs to each building. The other schools will get done over time. A few things to keep in mind…

We may need to make a few adjustments in each building as they get used. The location of the AP in
the classroom can impact its performance, especially as it may interfere with the AP in an adjacent
classroom. We will be monitoring performance remotely, but don’t hesitate to put in a Tech Ticket if
you have any issues.

These new APs are configured to use the higher speed wifi radios. Therefore, there may be some older mobile phones that will no longer connect. Also, older Apple TVs may have issues. Over time, we will replace the older Apple TVs with new ones, but in the meantime, a Tech Ticket is the answer.

Radio frequency interference can seriously degrade wifi performance. Microwave ovens and wireless
printers, scanners, and label printers are the primary offenders. Please contact Technology before
adding one of these to your classroom.

Lastly, just a friendly reminder that using an encrypted browser (like Psiphon) or a VPN application is a violation of District policy. Any personal or district device using one of these applications will be blocked from access to the network.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Google changes for Sites and Docs/Sheets

Tech Tips by Tonya Muchemore image

Google has made some changes in the New Sites, giving you the ability to add section layouts. This change should be completely rolled out by the end of August.

Create better looking sites more quickly with section layouts in new Google Sites

Rolling out within the next 15 days:

Use quick-access side panel to do more from Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, and more

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Upcoming Google Changes

  • Within the next two weeks you will see a change to the search box in Google Drive.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Upcoming Google Forms and Google+ Changes

Google Forms
Beginning August 22, 2018 the legacy version of Forms will be phased out.  If you have not already converted your any created Google Forms over to the new version you can start doing so now. 

To convert a form to a new form, go to your form in edit mode, and you will receive a prompt to Upgrade.  Click on Upgrade, and it will convert the form and you can then change your theme, add a header, etc.

Beginning November 1-21, 2018 any legacy forms not converted by the owner to the new forms, will be automatically converted by Google (including those not edited or receiving responses within the last year).

The new version of Forms has many different features, including:

  • New theme options to customize and brand your Google Forms, which helps creators choose colors and
         fonts to create forms that match your desired branding. 
  • Intelligent response validation, which suggests that Forms check the answer format matches an appropriate
         answer to the question (for example Forms will suggest it checks answers to questions asking for a website
         are URLs.) 
  • Improved notifications and response view options 
  • Images in questions and answers in Google Forms 
  • Smart quizzes in Google Forms 
  • Ability to upload files as answers to questions 

  • Google+

    Beginning October 23, 2018 Internet Explorer 10 will no longer be supported. Click here for supported browsers.

    Sunday, July 8, 2018

    Changes in Google Classroom

    Google Classroom is changing how it works beginning in August (you can sign-up for the early release if you would like).

    General release of the new features happen in August and include:

    ~ Classwork and people page
       "The new Classwork page lets educators better organize assignments and questions and improves planning. Teachers can group work into units or modules, and reorder work to match their class sequence. This helps simplify the class stream so it can be used as a conversational hub between educators and students. Teachers will be able to sign up for early access to the new features."

    ~  People Page: Contains information about class members, students, teachers, guardians, etc.

    Settings Page: Control the settings of your page

    Stream Updates: A "conversational hub where educators can notify their students about upcoming deadlines, post announcements and more."

    ~ Quiz integration: "We’re making it easier to create formative assessments directly from Classroom. Teachers will be able to create a Google Forms Quiz from Classroom, and even lock the quiz for more secure and distraction-free testing on Chromebooks."

    Monday, June 25, 2018

    Google sites conversion tool rolled out June 19, 2018

    On June 19, 2018 G Suite released the end user ability to convert a class site to the new Sites.   Click here for directions on how to convert a classic site.   Here is what to expect when you convert a site.

    Friday, June 8, 2018

    New Google Sign-in look beginning June 14, 2018

    Don't worry, you'e signing into the correct place! 

    On June 14, 2018 Google is releasing a new sign-in look. 

    Sunday, June 3, 2018

    Google Updates

    G Suite has been hard at work with changes to their products.  Here are some of the latest:

    Google Classic Sites embedded content changes for performance and security reasons.
    How HTML boxes work is being slowly updated.  Changes could impact how they boxes appear.

    There will be two upgrades:
    1. In effect now: You will see the HTML upgrade when you open the HTML box on a classic site to edit it,  
    2. June 30th the upgrades will automatically be enforced to all classic site HTML boxes.
    New features are being provided to give more insight.  You can also email collaborators, and see viewing patterns.

    Migrating from classic Hangouts to Hangout Meets
    G Suite is migrating domains from classic Hangouts to Hangout Meets, the next generation in video meetings.  This migration began May 29, 2018.  All new calendar events created by staff will have links for a Meet video meeting, all existing calendar events will keep the old hangout links.   Later this year all events current and future, will be moved over to the meets links.   
    G Suite is now making it possible to copy a Google Site.

    Coming soon!

    June 19, 2018 owners of eligible classic Sites will be able to convert them to the new Google Sites!

    "Classic site owners can use the tool to automatically create a draft of their site in the new Google Sites. This new draft site will have the updated look and feel of new Sites, and contain the content from the classic site. Starting the process will not affect the original site, so owners can review and edit the draft in the new Google Sites interface. When the new site is ready to go live, it can either be published to the URL of the classic site (to replace the original site and automatically redirect viewers), or published to a new URL.

    The tool will currently work on some but not all sites. To see if the tool will work on a site, the site owner should open the classic site at sites.google.com and look for:
    • A banner at the top that says “New: Convert to new Sites,” or 
    • A link in the left sidebar at Settings > Manage Site > Convert to new Sites

    If the banner and link are not available, the site is not eligible for conversion with the tool yet. This can be for several reasons, but is usually because it uses some features the conversion tool does not support yet. We’re working to make the tool work on more sites. When the site becomes eligible, the banner and link described above will appear."

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Try out the new GMail

    You now have the option to try out the new Gmail.  To try it out go to your "gear" in your inbox and click on "Try the new MSAD #6 mail." 

    Find the top 6 new gmail features here.

    Download the Gmail Cheat Sheet

    What are some of the changes in the new Gmail?

    • New look
    • New ways to organize the inbox
    • View upcoming events - access calendar events, notes, tasks and add-ons from Gmail
    • Take actions on emails - snooze emails until later
    • Use suggested replies
    • Hide sidebars for more room
    • Add recipients to email using +mentions
    You can switch back to Classic at any point until Classic goes away in June, by going back to the gear and choosing Go back to classic MSAD #6 Mail

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    New and upcoming changes with G Suite

    Available now:

    Add Custom links to the navigation bar in the new Google Sites

    New macros and formatting features in the Google Sheets

    Google Slides improvements

    Coming soon:   

    In the upcoming weeks G Suite will be releasing a new version of Gmail.  New features include, but are not limited to:
    • "A fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web.
    • Easy access to G Suite apps, such as Google Calendar, from within Gmail.
    • Smart Reply on the web, just like on mobile.
    • Ability to "snooze" emails and choose when they reappear in your inbox.
    • Offline support (coming shortly after the EAP announcement; see below for more info)."
    "More about Offline support
    We previously announced that we're moving Chrome apps, like Gmail Offline, to the web. As part of this effort, we'll introduce native offline support in the new Gmail experience by June 2018. We'll provide more details about this new offline setting and the eventual shutdown of the Gmail Offline Chrome app in future communications on the G Suite Updates blog."

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Add a custom favicon to your Google Site

    G Suite has released the ability to add a custom favicon in the new Google Sites.  A favicon is the small symbol you see for sites in the browser tab or bookmark list. 

    To create one for your Google Site (you must use the new Google Sites) follow these directions:

    1.  Open the site in the new Google Sites

    2.  At the top, from the More option, choose Add favicon

    3.  Upload or Select the image you would like to use (the file must be JPEG, PNG, GIF, ICO, TIFF,
          BMP, or WEBP)

    4.  Choose a file and click Open or Select

    5.  To publish your changes, at the top right, click Publish

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    G Suite Updates coming over the next two weeks

     G Suite is making changes in the next couple of weeks to help make things easier for users.

    Menu and Toolbar Editors 

    Changes that affect the Google Docs and Google Slides menus: 
    • In the Format menu, text formatting options (including bold, italic, font size, and more) will be moved to a new “Text” submenu.

    Changes that only affect Google Slides menus: 

    • The Table menu will be removed. Options to add or remove a table will be in the Insert menu. Options to format tables will be in the Format menu. 
    • In the Slide menu, four options for moving slides will be moved to a new “Move” submenu. 
    • In the Arrange menu, "Align horizontally" and "Align vertically" will be moved into a new "Align" submenu. 

    Changes that only affect Google Docs menus and toolbars: 
    • In the toolbar, text color and highlight color will be split into separate controls for each. 
    • In the toolbar, a new option will be added to “Insert image” 
    • The Table menu will be removed. Options to add or remove a table will be in the Insert menu. Options to format tables will be in the Format menu. 

    Changes that affect all Docs editors menus (including Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets): 
    • Items in the Insert menu will be reordered.

    On March 21, 2018 staff at Bonny Eagle will begin seeing the new Activity Dashboard feature in Docs, Sheets and Slides.  You will see a notification that will explain Activity Dashboard and your control (user options).  

    Activity Dashboard will allow any staff member with editing access to a Doc, Sheet or Slide see when a person with access to the document has viewed it.  Using this information, you can let users know when you have updated a document by sending an email to collaborators of the document or see if no one is accessing the document at all and it no longer needs to be shared.

    For directions on how to use the Activity Dashboard here.

    Friday, January 26, 2018

    Top Tech Blogs to Follow

    Top Tech Blogs to Follow
    Welcome to the new year. There are a ton of things going on in the tech world this coming year.
    To keep on top of the latest trends, you can check out some blogs on technology.

    There are many cool Tech Blogs out there. Here is a list of some of the most popular tech blogs
    available on the web.

    Top 10 Education Tech Blogs

    1. The Innovative Educator

    If you have ever felt that school was boring or irrelevant, the Innovative Educator,
    Lisa Nielson, understands how you feel. Motivated by her own disillusionment with
    the way public schools today approach teaching, Nielson focuses on showing other
    educators ways that they can use freely available resources and technologies
    already within students’ grasps to make classes more engaging and relevant.
    Not only does Nielson deal with broad ideas about technology in the classroom,
    but also the nitty gritty details of implementation, so that teachers will be able to use
    her ideas without having to struggle against a budget process or other restrictions.

    2. The Daring Librarian

    Gwyneth Jones, the Daring Librarian herself, knows that librarians can have lots of
    fun. Approaching ed-tech with a sense of humor and plenty of Vines and cartoons
    to illustrate her stories, Jones writes a blog that entertains as it informs. Not only
    does she provide plenty of excellent content on new apps and ideas on how to
    use everyday websites as learning opportunities, but also a good measure of fun
    stories that will have you laughing out loud.

    3. EdTech RoundUp

    With weekly posts on the state of technology in education, EdTech RoundUp is
    the best place to go to find out the latest news related to education tech. The
    comprehensive coverage of news and recently released apps and devices allows
    you to find out the latest happenings in just one place every week. While this blog
    may not have as many original ideas as some other blogs in the field, the RoundUp
    provides you with the best place to keep informed on progress in the field.

    4. Edudemic

    Easily the largest hub for education content out there, Edudemic provides teachers
    with advice, ideas, and lesson plans to better integrate technology in the classroom.
    While a visit to this site may be a bit overwhelming at first due to the sheer amount
    of attention-grabbing content, you will always be able to find new ideas that make
    your visit worth your time.

    5. MindShift

    When you are tired of reading the same ideas over and over again written in
    different words on different blogs, head over to MindShift for something unique.
    Focusing on slightly edgier, more fringe topics within the educational technology
    field, MindShift opens your eyes to totally new ideas. With its wide scope and its
    dedication to sharing all unique opinions on education, MindShift will give you
    plenty to talk about with your colleagues.

    6. Free Technology 4 Teachers

    While ideas are great, implementation remains the biggest challenge for many
    teachers. A lack of resources and tools plagues many schools, making it more
    difficult to use technology in the classroom. Richard Byrne addresses this in his
    blog, Free Technology 4 Teachers. His well-organized site is a treasure trove of free
    apps, software, videos, and graphics that teachers can use in the classroom right
    away. Practical and clear, Byrne gives suggestions that even the least tech-savvy
    teacher can use.

    7. Cycles of Learning

    Who doesn’t like a good life hack? Ramsay Musallam recognized how useful hacks
    could be in classrooms, so he set up Cycles of Learning to share practical education
    tech hacks to make teachers’ lives just a bit easier. Once you see his TED Talk on
    sparking learning, you won’t be able to get enough of his content. By focusing on
    simple ways to inspire real learning in students using technology in the classroom,
    Musallam shows us that even learning can be hacked.

    8. Edutopia

    Hosted by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia has plenty of
    well-indexed information on how technology can be used in classrooms. Since
    information is filed by age group and topic, teachers can easily get practical ideas
    that are relevant to their current curriculum without wading through lots of ideas that
    won’t quite work for their individual situations. With plenty of videos and fun quizzes,
    Edutopia can be a fun place to browse even if you aren’t looking for anything
    specific. Make sure to click on their “Trending Topics” section to find out what the
    hottest topics are currently in education technology.

    9. Steve Hargadon

    Don’t let the simple design and lack of flash fool you; Steve Hargadon’s blog
    provides plenty of worthwhile current information on educational technologies.
    A true ed-tech leader, Hargadon is the director of the Web 2.0 Labs, host of the
    Future of Education interview series, chair of the Social Learning Summit and the
    Learning 2.0 Conference, and co-chair of the annual Global Education and Library
    2.0 worldwide conferences. As Hargadon is one of the top experts on educational
    technology, you can be assured that reading his blog will give you plenty of
    innovative ideas.

    10. My Paperless Classroom

    Sam Patterson, K-5 tech integration specialist, talks about his own experiences
    trying to implement tech ideas in classes in My Paperless Classroom. Not only does
    Patterson have some excellent ideas on how to effectively use technologies less
    commonly allowed in classes, including MineCraft worlds, toys, and video games,
    but he also candidly reveals some of the challenges and pitfalls of these
    technologies. Be prepared to learn what tech integration really means in the

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    Google Drive (Legacy) desktop sync drive going away as of May 12, 2018

    The legacy version of the Google Drive desktop sync drivewill be going away in May.  To prepare, if you are on the bonnyeagle.org domain please transition to to Google Drive File Stream before May.

    Beginning January 30th GSuite will begin showing pop-up notifications prompting users to transition to File Stream.  These notifications will include instructions on how to install it on your machine.

    While you can use Backup and Sync, File Stream is recommended for enterprise users (such as our domain) and Backup and Sync is more for private users (personal accounts).

    You will need to delete the old Google Drive from your computer (found in Applications - Google Drive with the yellow, blue and green icon.  Right-click on it and delete/Move to Trash).

    To install File Stream go to you Google Drive app - then click on the "gear" and Download File Stream For Mac (or PC if you are a district PC user).

    Follow the prompts to install on your desktop.

    To use with High Sierra, once downloaded follow these steps:

    To allow certain files/folders of information to be viewed/edited offline follow these steps:

    1. Click the Drive File Stream Menu Drive File Stream.
    2. Click Open Google Drive folder Google Drive folder.
    3. Right-click the file or folder you want to save offline.
    4. Click Drive File Stream and then Available offline