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Mitch Dowhower
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What are your schools using for a LMS with solid Google Apps integration? Pros/Cons?
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+Mitch Dowhower We love Canvas.  Not because of its Google Integration (which it does have) but because it is a technical, pedagogical and interoperable wonder with open standards and limitless expandability.  I would say you need to be honest about why you are adopting an LMS to evaluate one for yourself.  I disagree with the notion that classroom is an LMS replacement.  We need our LMS to talk to our SIS and support assessment and teacher grades and performance based assessment and to provide students and their parents with a syllabus and visibility for each course. We want to be able to expand teacher access to content within the LMS through LTI integrations and get reports back out of the system for teachers, and administration alike.  I love Google Classroom but it is not an LMS replacement, it is an educational tool for management of students and resources in Google docs.  We use both Classroom and an LMS.  I would be happy to talk more about Canvas or have a hangout if it would be of value.
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I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holidays!  Enjoy your time with family :)
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Happy Holidays!!
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I wanted to pass on a bit of information that I came across working with a client today.  I've always utilized the SSO settings in the admin console to prevent users from changing passwords if a customer has a password synchronization solution in place (GAPS).  Google recently made changes to the admin console that is blocking the ability to place a URL in the SSO URL box and saving it without a certificate being uploaded.  

Here is Google's workaround:

"This product behavior may sometimes be observed since recently Google has changed interface of the SSO settings page. As a workaround I will provide you with a URL link that will leads you to the old page: https://admin.google.com/AdminHome?chromeless=1#OGX:SetupSSO
Please try this URL while you are signed in as Admin."

Cheers!
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They changed that page to a half page pop-out in the Admin Console and it broke.  I would assume that they will fix it as this is their recommended way to prevent passwords from being changed on the Google side. 
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Snow will be flying any day now . . #midwestlife
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Please don't remind us... LOL
Pretty picture though.
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I wanted to thank everyone for their interest in our ISTE14 event!  We have allocated all of our available tickets, which is awesome!!!  We look forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta.

Come find myself or the other members of the Amplified IT team at the PowerTower booth (3577) , the Google Playground, or at the Google booth.    We would love to chat :)

Lance will also be running around representing Iowa's ITEC organization.  Track him down and be sure to give him a hard time :)


Cheers!
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Hey all!  I wanted to pass on that Amplified IT is looking to add a GAFE technical member to our team.  

Interested? Get in touch with us via work@amplifiedit.com

Please spread the word.
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Just a heads up for all of my #GAFEADMIN  friends using Google Apps Password Sync. . .

I just finished up contacting all of my GAPS customers over on the Amplified IT side and figured all of you could use this info as well. Google has released GAPS version 1.3 which uses the new Admin SDK APIs.  It's important because the old version of GAPS uses the old Google Apps Provisioning APIs that Google is retiring on April 20th, 2015.  Essentially, GAPS will stop working unless you upgrade.  

The upgrade does require installation on all of your Domain Controllers and again, requires a reboot (booo!).  

If you are feeling lazy, I'll do it for you (not for free, I have kids to feed too).  Shameless plug: mitch@amplifiedit.com

Here's more info:

http://googleappsupdates.blogspot.ca/2015/02/updated-version-of-google-apps-password.html

Cheers all!
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Another good tip  . . if you have a ton of DCs . . create an admin account for the config for every 15-20 DCs you install/authenticate.  oAuth only allows 25 tokens per user account but I like to stay on the conservative side (around 15 DCs authenticated to a single admin acct).
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Make sure you are keeping an eye on the Google Apps Updates blog . . there are quite a few updates rolling out this week.
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This just popped up in my feed, but thanks for pointing this site out Mitch, it has been bookmarked! 
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I usually don't pay much attention to these . . but meh, why not :)
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+Lance Lennon and I want to say thank you to the ITEC / Amplified IT folks and to all of the attendees who made the 2014 ISTE GAFE Admins event a success!

We wish to thank the following companies for making the event possible.  Please be sure to show them appreciation by supporting them :)

Amplified IT
ITEC
CloudLock
Securly
PowerTower
Max Cases
Hapara

Cheers!
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Hey everyone!  Amplified IT and ITEC in partnership with our event sponsors are excited to announce our GAFE Admins 2014 ISTE event!  I've pinned a link to the event on our community page.  Space is limited, be sure to hit the registration link and get a ticket! 
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It is pinned in another post :)  Here is the link to the Google+ event page:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c4i3fvibg5tt1q1fbkdbssnu5eo

Be sure to register with EventBrite using the password ISTE2014  http://goo.gl/aJTh2R
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Google Education Trainer / Google Certified Administrator / Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist
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  • Wayne State College
    Master of Science in Organizational Management, 2011 - 2013
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