Gmail/Google Calendar migration completed; August training available

posted Jul 5, 2018, 8:14 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 2:03 PM ]
The district has completed its migration from Microsoft Outlook/Exchange to Gmail and Google Calendar. 

All district staff should now be using Gmail and Google Calendar instead of Microsoft Outlook/Exchange on their personal and district computers, Chromebooks, smartphones, and other mobile devices.

The only known issues are with a few accounts with name changes that are being checked to ensure their migrations are complete.

Getting help
As always, please visit BPSDTECH.ORG for support, including help with:
Additional training opportunities
There will be repeats in August of the training for Gmail and Google Calendar and the introduction to the new PowerTeacher Pro gradebook. Use the links below to sign up:
Mr. Meador has populated the classified and certified Google Groups for each school site based on the staff directories posted on each school's website. In July the principal or a designee at each site will need to update the members in those Groups and maintain them with ongoing personnel changes so that the associated group email addresses can be used by the members of the group and the ESC.

Shared Rooms/Resources
In June Mr. Meador created shared rooms/resources for BHS and the ESC which can be used in Google Calendar for appointments. In July he will be working with site administrators to identify shared rooms/resources for each site and who will be managing those shared calendars.

Windows 10 Updates at Secondary Schools
Regarding Windows 10, staff computers at the three secondary sites are being replaced with new Windows 10 desktop units and older computers are being updated to Windows 10.  Both middle schools were completed in June and the high school will be completed in July.

Technology Services at training August 6-10
Please note that Technology Services Director Lori Patterson and her squad of technicians will be occupied with Windows 10 training the week of August 6. Thus they will NOT be available to address technology issues and tickets that week, but they will be available during the preservice days.
Google Transition