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Google for Education has released a new video playlist for those getting started with G Suite for Education. Posted today: Signing up for G Suite, Deploying G Suite for Education, and Tips for Deploying Chromebooks. Fast-paced, succinct but with references to handy resources.

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Our district is considering how we manage and distribute student login information, especially who within our district can access such information. Does your district have a safe place, service, or protocol for managing/distributing student logins? Given the need for student privacy and safety, what are best practices for school systems?
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Learn how to KEEP it Together with Google Keep at my session +AppsEvents in Valdosta July 12-13. #GIESummit http://georgia.appsevents.com 
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Join and scope with #passthescopeEDU tomorrow and tell us how you are #breakinggood . We would love to hear your interpretation of our themed topic. Tag me below to ask me how or to get more details.

Greetings! I am a L1 & L2 certified middle school chorus and drama teacher in Floyd County, with 1:1 Chromebooks in my classes. I'm here to share what few tips I have and to glean knowledge from others in incorporating G Suite tools into my chorus and drama classrooms, and to gain insight from others as I prep for Trainer (#GoogleET) certification. You can follow me on Twitter @RevRyanMcKinney. 

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We have noticed for a while that some usernames in the Directory for our G Suite domain would not be "in sync" with the names in the accounts as we had created them. Long story short, some users would request to change their account name (most often for change in marital status or if everyone knows them by middle and not first name). We would make the change, but it wouldn't show up in the Directory as changed. We tracked it down to the user having an active Google + profile on our domain. Now if we run across the issue, we send the users directions on how to edit their names in Google Plus. [We'd also have users change their names in G+, say from Hester Prynne to Ms Prynne which then resets her name in the Directory. Grrr.]

BUT ALL THAT IS ABOUT TO CHANGE!
Upcoming change: Admins now have more control over Profile fields, and changes to the Contacts On/Off setting

On June 26, 2017, we’re releasing some changes that will bring user profile management under the direct control of G Suite admins, starting with the Name, Photo, Gender, and Birthday fields. Whereas end users could previously only edit these fields if they had upgraded to Google+, these new controls let admins decide which profile fields can be edited by end users, independent of Google+ status. Additionally, we are renaming the Contacts setting to Directory in order to better describe the functionality and, as such, the Contacts on/off setting within it will be removed.

More details for G Suite Admins at the link


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@Google's Interland, encourages students to "play their way to Internet awesome!" We're always looking for solid digital citizenship resources, and this one looks jammed packed with Googly Goodness!
Check it out GEGGA!
https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/interland

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TL;DR: To kick off Internet Safety Month, we’re announcing Be Internet Awesome, a program that teaches kids the fundamentals of digital safety and citizenship so they can explore the online world with confidence.
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By the time the average American kid reaches double digits, they’re not just avid users of the Internet but likely carrying around an Internet-connected device in their pocket wherever they go. But as kids are using technology more throughout their daily lives – at home, in the classroom, and everywhere in between – it’s important that they’re prepared to make smart decisions about online behavior.

In addition to a robust classroom curriculum for educators and resources for parents, the program includes Interland, an adventure-packed online game that teaches the key lessons of digital safety and citizenship through hands-on practice in a format kids already love: gaming.

You can learn more and download tools at https://goo.gl/FfdauC


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Catch that #FlipgridFever and amplify student voice.Try out the full features of +Flipgrid til Sept. 30. Upgrade to a Classroom account using the promo code HOLLIESISK
https://info.flipgrid.com/signup/?account=classroom

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