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Android apps coming to Maine 207 Chromebooks

Officially announced at Google I/O (Google’s Developer Conference) in May 2016, Android apps are continuing to move through the development cycle as they are now available on an increasing number of Chromebooks.

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Caveat Emptor – Be on-guard against phishing

While our highest purpose and goal as schools to support students with learning in order to prepare them to follow their passions and be ready for successful futures, keeping students safe is also core to the mission of schools. Today, part of this is ensuring that student data is also safe and secure. The number one threat to student data today in Maine Township High School District 207 is via social engineering, typically through phishing attacks in which users are tricked into giving up their username and password for their account.

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Technologically preparing to leave Maine 207

Each year, a number of staff members leave Maine 207 for a variety of reasons. In preparation for leaving, there are a number of important pieces of information related to one’s technological accounts:

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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 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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Google’s Shared Drives in Maine 207

Updated 5/13/2020: Maine Township High School District 207 was selected for early access to the Shared Drive feature in Google Drive, born Team Drives. Continue reading “Google’s Shared Drives in Maine 207”

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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