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Tuesday Tech Tip: The Google Transition

I’m on tip duty today, but it’s really more of coming attractions. We’re planning some changes to @deforestschools.org Google Apps accounts. The changes mean that your deforestschools.org account will start working more like a full Google Account.

The good part of this switch:

  • Access to more Google products, like Picasa. We’ll be able to assign more GoogleApps programs and give them to the groups we want. For example, we can let the DAHS students use Picasa, but not our 4th graders.
  • New sign in options. You will be able to sign in to Google services from the regular sign-in pages (like http://mail.google.com). Your username is your full deforestschools.org email address.

The tricky part for some people:

  • If you’ve used your @deforestschools.org account to set up other Google services, you’ll have to make some changes. For more information, we encourage you to review the Transition Checklist. Basically, you’ll have to rename your account. Should be no big deal, but we wanted to let you know!
If you have questions about changes, please contact Christine Buchanan or me. We won’t start adding any services until February 21.

Drawing! If you’d like to enter this week’s drawing, tell us how you use Google. Last week’s winner was Melody Leung who was using Animoto videos, Wordle word clouds, and MLA citations all in Glogster. Phew! Melody wins some neat Google prizes and so could you with this week’s entry.
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