Some major new features just rolled for Chrome Gopher. Please let us know what you think! Big thanks to the team at Amplified Labs (part of +Amplified IT) for the excellent work, and to the many users who provided suggestions and feedback that helped us prioritize features for this release. Also, we've just launched a way for folks to keep the feature suggestions visible and help upvote at https://chromegopher.ideas.aha.io/
Chrome Gopher keeps getting better

It’s been about 6 weeks since Chrome Gopher was released, and we’ve seen encouraging uptake and gotten great feedback from Amplified IT customers like you -- especially our G Suite Technical Collaborative members. Based on this feedback, Amplified Labs is proud to announce we’ve just released some major new features that you will definitely want to try out!

If you feel inspired, please let us know what you think, or better yet yell it from the rooftops by rating Chrome Gopher in the Chrome Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-gopher/cogdlcnddmbhijphboaekicejndlcjkn?utm_source=permalink

Quick find and update panel

There are times when you’re looking to quickly discover information and make modifications to a single device at a time. For example, when distributing / assigning machines to students in a 1-to-1 program, or when tracking down a lost and found Chromebook. The quick find and update panel makes it possible to search for devices by Serial Number, Annotated Asset ID, or Annotated User, and pulls up a friendly single-device editing view. Because it’s part of your Google spreadsheet, this panel will update the device on the domain, and can optionally drop the updated device into the Devices tab, allowing you to keep track of all changes as you work.

Import devices from CSV files and barcode scanners

Many districts maintain an inventory or asset management system where a lot of useful information about their Chromebooks lives. This information can include Asset ID, Annotated User, Annotated Location, and Notes, which ideally you’d like to keep updated in Google’s Chrome Management console. Since most asset management systems will export a CSV dump of data, we decided to make it easier to bring your asset management data into Chrome Gopher’s Device tab. No more hairy VLOOKUP() and INDEX(MATCH()) formulas -- just make sure you CSV has the device serial number and any required header values and whammo: your CSV contents will populate the Devices tab, with all your new CSV metadata merged into the correct fields, right alongside the additional reporting metadata from Google.

It’s also frequently the case that school IT staff can use barcode scanners to quickly enter serial numbers and asset IDs into an interface while working in the field. Need to check that this set of 35 devices are in the correct cart? Need to move these 100 newly-unboxed machines into the correct org unit? Now Chrome Gopher lets you barcode scan a list of devices directly into the sidebar and import them into the Devices tab, along with all their current Google reporting metadata.

Reports on Aggregate Device Activity by Org Unit

Knowing where your devices are being used, and how often, can inform everything from device allocation to support strategy and can give key stakeholders a window into the returns on a district’s Chromebook investment.

Chrome Gopher now offers 3 new columns - Recent Sessions, Sessions in Last 15 Days, and Active Minutes in Last 15 Days - at the single device level, as well as aggregate activity report for all Organization Units, that enables you to quantify average activity per device within each OU. This is really quite powerful, and not information you can get anywhere else!
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