No, no, no … you’ve gotta say it like, “data interoperability!”
Over the past several days, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with district leaders from around the country as we learn together about a fantastically riveting topic: data interoperability! (see, I said it right)
So what is data interoperability?
In a nutshell, data interoperability relates to the ability of systems that create, store, or consume data to seamlessly talk to one another. Once the systems can speak to one another, data can be pulled – generally in real time – for analysis, regardless of what system the data originally resides in.
As we await a new update for email migrations, I thought I’d address one of the more common questions I’ve received regarding migrating from Exchange to Google. Specifically, a lot of people have been asking me how to migrate email lists from Outlook to Google.Continue reading Copying an Outlook Email List to Google→
Updated at 4:54 PM, May 1st: While ICCSD staff members should expect to receive an email with finalized information later tonight or tomorrow, here’s an update regarding where we’re at with the email transition for those of you who follow the blog: Continue reading Email Transition Update→
The District completed the configuration necessary to switch to Gmail for email service last night at 8 PM. This transition is in progress, but propagation of the change has been slower than we anticipated (more details below). As such, emails are still being delivered to Exchange, and users can access emails and calendar information as you always have. You may also notice that some emails are being delivered to your Google accounts; as of 7:30 this morning, those emails will be automatically forwarded to your Exchange account as well. Once the change has been fully propagated, we’ll notify users of the time at which new emails will only be delivered to Google. Continue reading ICCSD Email Switch In Progress→
Laptops will be upgraded at the ESC on May 4th and 5th, and May 11th and 12th. We know that a mid-year upgrade presents challenges with regards to the busy schedules that all of you maintain, and as such, we’re working to make this process as accessible as possible.
Upgrade Hours: Our upgrade hours will be 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM on each of the listed days (listed at the bottom of this post).
Many thanks to South East Junior High teacher librarian and Instructional Design Strategist (Innovation) Chelsea Sims for creating this great Gmail and Google Calendar guide (link below) to help ease the transition from Exchange to Google:
As I’ve written and emailed out to staff members, we’ll be upgrading all district-issued, staff-assigned computers in May (for laptops) and this summer (for desktops). In addition to providing new laptops and desktops, we’ll also be providing laptop users with a limited choose-your-own-device (CYOD) option, which will provide staff members with the choice between a conventional Windows laptop (Dell Latitude 5480) and a convertible Windows laptop/tablet (Dell Latitude 5289).
While my emails and posts above have probably answered many of the questions you might have, I’ve received a number of questions from staff members since these announcements were released. To benefit a larger audience, I’m including many of those questions and answers below: Continue reading Staff Device Upgrades: Questions and Answers→
One of the steps that staff members can take to ensure that the upgrade process goes quickly and smoothly is to back up your files prior to the laptop upgrade date. Since our Google Drive accounts offer unlimited storage, we’re strongly recommending the use of the Google Drive application to back up any and all files that you want to keep to your Google Drive account, and then after the upgrade the Google Drive application can be used to download those files to your new computer. Continue reading Backing Up Your Files With Google Drive→