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Google Drive Template Gallery goes end-of-life

On February 15, 2017, the old Google Drive Template Gallery will be shut down by Google. Like most elements of G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps for Education), Maine 207 has used the Google Drive Template Gallery fairly extensively over many years. While Google is ending this collection location for organization-wide templates, Google has replaced it with specific Template Galleries for each of the major “apps” within G Suite – Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. Continue reading “Google Drive Template Gallery goes end-of-life”

Opening Office files stored in Google Drive

Maine Township High School District 207 was Google’s first-ever K-12 partner for Google Apps for Education (now G Suite), and over nearly a decade, Maine 207 staff members have seen dramatic changes in what can be done and accomplished in G Suite. Today, nearly all staff members can do nearly all of their work in G Suite–and it can be done with powerful collaboration from any Chromebook or up-to-date Internet-connected device. (Individual work can even occur offline in Docs, Slides, and Sheets across all major platforms!) Continue reading “Opening Office files stored in Google Drive”

Telephone features accessible on the web

Certain features of the Maine 207 ShoreTel phones are accessible via the web at voicemail.maine207.org/login. In this portal, users can listen to and manage voicemails, update preferences, and change the greeting type based on meeting status. Of course, all of the functionality that currently exists directly in the phones is still available. The web portal simply provides an additional option.

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Finding assignments with invalid scores in Aspen Gradebook

Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, valid scores for a student assignment must be one of the following:

  • A letter grade from the District Standard Approved Scale, excluding “INVALID”
  • A numeric grade that is at least 40.01% of the total possible points for the assignment

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Submitting Late Assignments via Aspen

Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, Aspen was updated on November 22, 2016. This update provided some new features as well as a refresh to the graphic design elements of Aspen. Despite extensive testing of Aspen over a nearly two month period prior to the update, unfortunately, some minor issues have surfaced. Continue reading “Submitting Late Assignments via Aspen”

Accessing FMX for Maintenance Requests

Maine Township High School District 207 is shifting from Eduphoria to FMX, another online tool, for the submission and tracking of maintenance requests. FMX is a specialized tool for such services and will create new efficiencies for our maintenance staff as well as providing better reporting. Follow these steps to login to FMX and submit your requests, as necessary.

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Accessing the Employee Portal in Skyward

Maine Township High School District 207 uses Skyward to manage Human Resources and Finance information. Skyward is widely used for these purposes in school districts throughout Chicago’s suburbs, Illinois, and across the United States. Each staff member can enter the Skyward “Employee Access Portal” online.

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New Google+

While the new look-and-feel for Google+ debuted late in 2015, it has been optional for users since that time. As August 2016 draws to a close, the new Google+ is now becoming the default Google+ experience. Continue reading “New Google+”

Basic steps to cultivating your PLN

The world today is smaller and more connected than ever before with technology and the Internet allowing people to share and learn from one another without the restrictions of time and place. While nearly 50 years of educational research has shown that the best schools are ones in which there is a high-level of teacher collaboration, social media allows us to not only learn from those with whom we live and work each day but from educators around the world. This collective brain power can super-charge teachers’ professional growth and student learning.

The term PLN has been coined to represent the network of people that an educator can build and cultivate both in-person and online in order to share with and learn from others organically and consistently as part of one’s day-to-day life and work. Continue reading “Basic steps to cultivating your PLN”

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