Monday, August 25, 2014

First Steps After Going Google

As we begin our new school year you will notice a few big changes.  We now have Google Apps for Education (GAFE).  One of the biggest changes is that we are no longer using Groupwise for our emails, we have switched over to Gmail.  
Your email address didn't change, it is still your first initial, last name,  (A few people's emails which had their last names truncated did change so that your email includes your entire last name.)
You will also have a new Google calendar, Google Drive account, and much more.  The district has subscribed to Synergyse, and online tutorial service that will help you navigate through Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Sites, Docs, Sheets and Slides.  

In order for you to see the Synergyse Training, you must be signed in to your Chrome Browser (not just Gmail or another Google tool).

Here are instructions to sign in to the Chrome Browser:

Do you have multiple Google accounts?  You can also create multiple users, where you don't need to keep signing in and out of each account.  Here are instructions on how to add multiple users to Chrome.

Now, when you are logged in to the Chrome Browser, you will see the Synergyse Training link at the top of your page.  There is a long list of "how to's" that Synergyse will walk you through in the main Google Apps.

If for some reason you don't see the Synergyse Training icon on the top of your Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Sites, etc. follow these steps:
  • Make sure you are using Chrome.
  • Sign in to Chrome.
  • If that didn't work, click on this link.
  • You should now see Synergyse at the top of your Gmail, Drive, Calendar, etc.
- Melissa

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