Month of Migration
December is the month for migration for the York School Department. All of our email will be moved from our legacy email system, First Class, and migrated over to a web platform, Gmail, so that communication, collaboration and creativity becomes more streamlined with all of the other apps within the Google Apps for Education Suite.
Below is a quick timeline of migration scheduled;
December 20th after 4:00pm - Incoming Mail will start to Redirect to Gmail
December 26th - Old Mail from First Class will Migrate to Gmail
January 1st - All new mail from News Conferences (i.e. YHS News) will now be directed to your Gmail Inbox
January 1st - Any staff files, notes, etc. will be shared to the school's Intranet Site (a web page only accessible by staff members).
January 1st - June 30th - First Class will still be accessible from your device. You can still login to see older mail, files and edit your First Class web page if you have one.
July 1, 2014 - The First Class server will go offline and will no longer be accessible. All First Class and iWeb web pages will be terminated and must be recreated using another web builder (i.e. Google Sites, Weebly, Wix, etc.)
Migration Steps for First Class
1. Download and Delete Files, Email, and Attachments
During the month of December we ask that you please clean out any files, emails or large attachments from your Mailbox within First Class. Files larger than 25 MB will not migrate over to Gmail and may stall the process. You can delete these files or download them to save to your local device.
2. Remove Sub-Nested Folders within First Class
Folders inside of folders (sub-nested folders) will also be problematic for the migration process and may not move all of your information over. We also ask that you please pull these sub-nested folders out of their parent folder so that they will migrate over to Gmail without an issue. After the migration, these folders (called labels in Gmail) can be reorganized in any way that you wish.
3. Export Contacts from First Class
At any point during the month you can also export your contacts from First Class and import them into Gmail. You will not be able to receive email yet in Gmail, but you can start to see what it will look like and personalize themes, labels and your contact lists right now.
4. Import your Contacts into Gmail
5. Retrieving Personal Mail Lists from First Class
Personal mail lists are not recognized as contacts in First Class. Therefore you will have to copy the email addresses within a Personal Mail List in First Class and then paste them to add the contact in Gmail and then recreate the mail list within Gmail.
A member of the tech team will be around to visit with you face-to-face at some point during the month to make sure that you have everything that you need in place to be prepared for the migration. They will also offer some simple tips and tricks to setting up Google Chrome to better assist you with checking Gmail, Google Calendar and the School News Intranet site after the first of the year so that you feel comfortable with the transition.
New Teacher Resources
If you’re a brave soul attempting to teach with technology, then you know that it can be a challenging and downright difficult task. Students are resistant to change. Teachers are too. Administrators are, well, too. Everyone seems to be unsure about how to effectively integrate technology without running into several roadblocks.
I absolutely love it when teachers and students create, remix, and mash up media; it's a fantastic way to encourage deeper learning and media literacy. But one issue that complicates digital freedom of expression is copyright law. While many would argue that copyright law is outdated and badly in need of an overhaul, it's still critical that adults and kids alike have a basic understanding of what's legal and ethical while playing with other people's intellectual property. Here's a list of videos I collected to help you navigate the murky waters of copyright law in educational settings.
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy.
‘Let’s Fight It Together’ is an award winning film produced by Childnet for the Department for Children Schools and Families to help sensitise young people to the pain and hurt which can be caused by cyberbullying. (Full teacher's guide is also available.)
BIE has created free materials - "FreeBIEs" - such as planning forms, student handouts, rubrics, and articles for educators to download and use to design, assess, and manage projects.
Winter Links for Students
Add your own snowman to this virtual winter wonderland to share with your friends and family.
Build your own virtual snowman (Flash Based) and share it with your friends and family via the online gallery.
Make a virtual snowflake only (Flash Based) and share it with your friends and family via the online gallery.
Built for EducatorsTeaching computer programming has never been so easy!
Scholastic Reading Club Spotlit Collection is a fantastic place to find outstanding books for preschool through middle school students. Teachers, librarians, and book professionals came together and considered thousands of books to create a diverse list of award-winners, classics, and dynamite contemporaries. Each grade level includes the 50 top favorites selected for that age group. The result is a great place to start when you are searching for books to introduce students to!
ASCEville is a good place for students to try their hand at civil engineering through online games, offline activities, videos, and contests. In ASCEville, students can explore civil engineering history and where civil engineering is found in our daily lives. Online resources for kindergarten through 12th grade will help you find just the right activity for your classroom!
Wordsmyth is a fantastic online dictionary for kids. WILD is Wordsmyth’s Illustrated Learner’s Dictionary. It is a truly well done young reader’s dictionary for k-3 readers or ELL students.
New Google Links for Teachers
New Video Tutorials Added;
“Google Drive is a great tool for collaborative editing and file sharing. In this Edudemic article, Jeff Dunn provides an infographic by Susan Oxnevad showing 12 unique ways that teachers can incorporate Google Drive into their classroom instructional practices. If you click on the infographic, it will take you to Susan's full interactive version on Glogster, and I urge you to explore it along with her other fabulous work.”
Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world.
Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.
Create your own galleries and share favorite finds with friends.
Add apps, extensions and themes to your Google Chrome browser to enhance productivity and personalize your online experience.
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