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Back up and save data from Google Apps with Google Takeout

posted Jun 3, 2014, 10:38 AM by Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Jun 3, 2014, 11:37 AM ]

Google Takeout
Graduating? Moving to another school district? You can easily "take out" data you have created in your Google Apps for Education account with a tool called Google Takeout: 

NOTE: you will be prompted to log in to your Google account when you access the above link. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions about removing your data from Google.

Google Sites are currently not included in Google Takeout, but there is a import/export tool that can be used to extract a Google web site along with all attached images, videos, pages, etc.:  

Download the import/export tool. It will run directly from your computer's desktop (Windows or Mac). Here is an example of the information you will need to enter in the import/export tool:

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Google Classroom coming this fall

posted Jun 3, 2014, 9:23 AM by Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Jun 3, 2014, 9:23 AM ]

Google Classroom
The new Google Classroom will be easy enough to use for teachers who are unfamiliar with using Google Docs in the classroom, but will be feature -rich enough for those who consider themselves Google power users.

What can you expect:
      • Easily create and collect assignments and see who has or hasn't turned in.
      • Improve classroom communication - make announcements, ask questions, leave comments
      • Stay organized - creation of folders for students is automated
Check out Google official announcement:

Intrigued? Look for even more news on the new Google Classroom:

2014 Doodle 4 Google Competition Opens!

posted Feb 5, 2014, 6:18 PM by Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Feb 5, 2014, 6:23 PM ]

Doodle 4 Google
Google Doodles are spontaneous changes made to the Google logo in celebration holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of those who have helped shape history. Since 1998 over 2,000 different doodles have delighted Googlers all over the world! This year Google asks students in grades K-12 to creat a doodle based on the theme “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place...”. The deadline to submit your doodle is March 21, 2014. To find out more visit:

One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.

Save the Date: February 5, 2014 is Digital Learning Day

posted Jan 8, 2014, 5:39 PM by Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Jan 13, 2014, 12:31 PM ]

February 5, 2014 is Digital Learning Day

WHATDigital Learning Day is about engaging students and recognizing great teachers who use digital tools to enhance student learning.

WHEN: February 5, 2014

WHOYou and your students, anyone can participate! Beginners and experts alike are encouraged to plan an activity. Plan big or start small - add your "event" to the Digital Learning Day web site.

RESOURCES: Look for tools, ideas and lesson plans on the Digital Learning Day web site at Look for local NH resources on the NH Dept. of Education Office of Educational Technology web site at
Let us know if you plan on participating: 

Have a look at this slideshow for more information on great ideas for 
staff and students on how to participate including: 
  • OUTREACH - tech showcase, tours & workshops 
  • CONNECT - Try Skype or a Google Hangout. Connect with another classroom in your school, another school in the district...or a school in another state or country!
  • LET STUDENTS LEAD - student demonstrations, student created content, student created videos
  • TEACHERS - try something new, take an online course, host an "app party"
  • SHIFT LEARNING - Flip your classroom for a day, start a project-based challenge, start and after school tech club

Digital Learning Day 2014

Simple Tools for Classroom Workflow!

posted Oct 31, 2013, 12:54 PM by Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Nov 1, 2013, 8:40 AM ]

Using Google Tools in the classroom allows you to easily share and collect assignments from your students. But - proper workflow training with your students will help you keep your Google Drive organized. There's nothing worse than a Drive full of untitled or poorly titles assignments.

Learn how to use an Assignment Collector or how to automate the task of folder creation with the correct edit/view permissions for teacher and students.

Look on the left menu under Classroom Resources or Tutorials for more on Classroom Workflow.

Google Black Bar to be replaced with Chrome Style Apps Menu

posted Sep 20, 2013, 5:04 AM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 20, 2013, 5:06 AM ]

Chrome Style App Launcher Menu [Images: Google Blog]

Almost all Google products have gone through a make over in the past one year or so. But this Black Google Bar that appears on the top of every product remained the same.

Published on September 19, 2013 by  under Google

Almost all Google products have gone through a make over in the past one year or so. But this Black Google Bar that appears on the top of every product remained the same.

Now it is time for this black bar to go through design changes. Interestingly they have removed this Google bar altogether and replaced with an all new Chrome OS Style Apps launcher menu.

Here is how the Google Bar looks before change

Google Black Bar on top of many online products

New Design with Google Bar gone and a new Chrome Style Apps Launcher Icon

Google Bar replaced with an all New Chrome Style Apps Launcher Menu

More details about the announcement is available here.

The National Archives and Google

posted Aug 24, 2013, 7:00 AM by Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Aug 24, 2013, 7:02 AM ]

The National Archives have partnered with Google to make a selection of historically significant video available on its YouTube channel. History buffs can read more about Google and the national archives here:

Just as significant is the National Archives and Records Administration's choice of Google for its cloud-based email solution where all 4,500 employees were successfully migrated to Google Apps for Government:

National Archives

$2.8M Technology Bond paves the way to improvement in Manchester's schools

posted May 18, 2013, 6:40 AM by Liane St. Laurent

Technology in the Manchester School District will undergo a major upgrade through the recently approved technology bond supplement. The plan met with approval by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in an 11- 3 vote on May 7, 2013. This funding will help close the technology gap in our schools and will target the highest priority needs of: providing a cost-effective wireless infrastructure to support staff and student use of web-based resources in Manchester's classrooms; telephone and intercom upgrade to ensure for the safety of staff and students; professional development to support and move best practices in learning with and through embedded technology across the curriculum; an upgrade to library resources management system. Visit the district Technology Resource Center web site for news and updates on technology improvements throughout the district: Review details on the District Technology Plan and the Technology Bond Executive Summary:

In the news: City of Boston selects Google Apps for Education & Government

posted May 18, 2013, 6:22 AM by Liane St. Laurent

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Chief Information Officer Bill Oates announced that the City has selected the team of Google and Appirio to move all City workers and schools to a unified messaging and collaboration platform later this year. This single system, based on Google Apps, will replace multiple aging on-premises email systems currently in use by City employees...Read full article

Got Mail?

posted Feb 14, 2013, 3:51 AM by Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Feb 14, 2013, 7:07 PM ]

We are starting to begin the migration away from FirstClass email to Gmail powered Google Mail for email addresses for staff. (Student accounts with email access are already using Google Mail.)

Due to the number of users that need to be moved we are migrating schools one at a time. Several important tutorials are now available in the "How To" section of this web site under tutorials. 

Any individuals who wish to follow these steps themselves are welcome to review the tutorials and follow the instructions. 

First Steps: Set up a redirect rule in FirstClass so that you can receive email in your Google account.

Next Steps:  You will still  have access to FirstClass after moving to Google Mail for active sending and receiving of email in your Google account. This is a great time to clean up your old mailbox! Get rid of things you no longer need and transfer items you must keep to Google mail.

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