Friday, December 18, 2009

The Apps in Google Apps

All of our schools are set up with Google Apps accounts, so here's an overview of the available features (adapted from http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/communication.html).  These may not all be enabled by your local administrator.

  • Email: 7+ GB storage, mobile access, spam and virus protection, contact sharing, IMAP, and POP.  If chat is enabled, it includes built-in instant messaging, voice and video chat.  Can include message filtering and security through Postini.
  • Calendar: Multiple calendars, shared and public calendars, room/resource scheduling, mobile access
  • Docs: Online word processing, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, mobile access
  • Sites: Collaborative website creation with videos, images, gadgets, and documents integration
  • Groups: User-created groups providing mailing lists, easy content sharing, searchable archives
  • Video: Securely share videos with your school - anyone can add comments, tags and ratings - with 10GB included free with every domain

If you have questions or comments about any of this, feel free to contact any of the consultants or comment on this post.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Online Reference Centre

In case you haven't had a look recently, we wanted to draw your attention to the Online Reference Centre that is hosted by LearnAlberta.ca.  It gets you in to quite a few online resources that you have access to as an Educator in Alberta.

Go check it out.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tools4Teachers Resources on our Moodle

We've put the Learn EveryWare resources from Tools4Teachers up on our Moodle site under the Misce.  If you'd like to copy them to your own course, use the following steps.
  1. Go to, or make, the new course.  Make sure it has the same number of sections/weeks/topics as the old course.
  2. In the new course, click Import in the Administration block on the left.
  3. In the Search courses box, type  T4T  to find the Tools4Teachers courses/resources that we've uploaded.
  4. Click Use this course next to the one that you'd like to use. 
  5. Make sure all of the boxes are checked for the resources that you want to copy, and click Continue.
  6. Click Continue again on the next screen.  It will probably take a few minutes at this point.
  7. Hopefully everything worked and you can see the copied materials in your new course.
These instructions were adapted from http://docs.moodle.org/en/Import_course_data .

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Digital Signage

A few schools have expressed interest in having monitors/TVs in the hallways for announcements, photos, and such.  I've looked at a few different options for this, including Cisco's impressive Digital Management Solution, but I think the best idea for most schools is Xibo Open Source Digital Signage running on a regular computer connected to a TV.

I'll post more once we have it up and running somewhere.