Earlier this fall, Google announced plans for their “Drive for Education” program in which ”Google Apps for Education” users would have unlimited data storage in Google Drive.
Google has been slowly rolling this out to Google Apps for Education customers which includes SUNY Oswego’s LakerApps. We are happy to say that the unlimited storage has now been applied. SUNY Oswego users may upload unlimited files, each up to 5TB in size, to LakerApps Drive.
When might you want to use Drive? If you have forgotten a thumb drive to store a file or even if you need a place to backup your files, Drive could help out. If you don’t have Microsoft Office and need to create documents, Drive can also help out. It can natively create basic word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, forms and drawing files.
To get started, login to LakerApps at www.oswego.edu/mail and then click the “Drive” app from the application grid in the upper right corner, near your email address.
Please call (315.312.3456) or email (email@example.com) the Help Desk if you need assistance or have any questions.
On August 12, 2014, Google released the “Classroom” app to their Google Apps for Education customers. Google has positioned the application into the Core Apps of our LakerApps suite of products, giving the application the protection of the SUNY Google contract.
While Classroom is available for the campus to use, it will be an unsupported application. The support for online learning remains with the ANGEL and soon Blackboard Learn environments. The campus is welcome to use Classroom knowing the support will be limited to what Google has available.
Faculty should be aware that there is no student integration available with Google Classroom. Student enrollments are managed by email invitation or through a PIN.
To get started, log into LakerApps and follow the three easy steps below.
Click the application grid next to your email address in the upper right of the window.
Click on the “More” link at the bottom. You will see something similar to the following:
Click on the “Classroom” icon.
Alternatively, you can login directly to Classroom using the www.google.com/classroom link.
For more information on Classroom, please visit www.google.com/edu/classroom.
Previously, Internet Explorer (IE) was the default browser in labs and classrooms. However, with the increasing security vulnerabilities in IE, especially the one affecting IE versions 6-11 late last spring, we decided it would be a good time to re-evaluate the default browser.
To help us decide, we took a look at what browsers are accessing the SUNY Oswego website. From the network traffic originating from both on and off campus, Google Chrome is number one. We also took a look at just the traffic originating from on-campus and that also was Chrome. Given that, coupled with the fact that SUNY Oswego is a Google Apps campus, we decided to promote Chrome.
As you can see from the image below, Chrome, IE and Firefox are still available for use from the quick launch bar on the bottom of the screen. However, if you click on an HTML link within an application such as PowerPoint or Word, the default browser will be launched.
This would be a great time to remind everyone that campus email is an official mechanism of communication for the College – http://www.oswego.edu/cts/policies/email.html. Students will receive important information via email, including information on registration, class cancellations, library notices, and scholarship information. Students, faculty and staff are expected to read their oswego.edu email.
Students may wish to “Forward” their oswego.edu email to another email account. This will allow students to receive their campus email through the email account of their choice.
Effective 7:30 am, January 20, the login page for LakerApps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive and Sites) will be changing.
You can continue to click the login button on the www.oswego.edu/mail page, however the next page to enter your credentials will be different. The new page is a Google page where you will be required to enter your full email address as your username. You can continue to use the same password.
For example, if you previously logged in with help as the username, you will now login with firstname.lastname@example.org as the username.
Please note this change only affects Google’s sign-in pages. Other services are not affected.
More details with screenshots of the new page are available from:
As referenced in a prior blog post, Google is changing its Apps for Education sign-in pages to have a consistent look and feel. This provides better security and will make it easier for clients to switch between multiple Google accounts.
Google has scheduled this change to take effect for our campus on Monday, January 20.
This change only affects Google’s sign-in pages. Credentials used for computers and other non-Google services are NOT affected by this change.
Google’s new sign-in page will look like the screen shot below:
As shown, all clients will need to log in using a full SUNY Oswego email address.
John Doe is a SUNY Oswego student. He previously logged into LakerApps as “jdoe”. Now he will log in as “email@example.com”
Joanna Bloggs is a SUNY Oswego employee. She previously logged into LakerApps as “joanna.bloggs”. She will now log in as “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Users who rely on multiple Google accounts will be able to easily switch between them using Google’s new interface shown below:
CTS will modify the link on our mail landing page to reflect these changes. If you already have a bookmark or web shortcut pointing at http://www.oswego.edu/mail, you will not need to modify it or create a new one. Simply click on the login button as before and it will present you with the new login page.
If you have any questions or concerns about these upcoming changes, please contact the Help Desk at 312-3456 or email@example.com.
Google recently released information regarding a new sign-in page that will impact logging into all of their Google Apps applications. For us, this means the page used to login to LakerApps and the login itself (full email address vs. partial email address) could be different. Google says this change will be “coming next year.”
As we learn more about how this affects LakerApps, we will let you know.
Google recently announced the launch of the new Google bar and is rolling it into LakerApps starting 10/31.
According to Google’s notice, this change “is designed to be simpler and more consistent with Android and Chrome OS.”
For LakerApps users, the black bar across the top of the page with links to Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Sites, etc. has been replaced by a grid icon located next to your email address in the top right of the page. It looks similar to the following.
Indeed, it appears that there will now be at least two clicks to get to other apps – one to open the grid icon, a second to launch one of the core apps.
In some changes that Google makes, they allow a period of time for users to opt-out of it until Google decides to make it permanent. There doesn’t appear to be an opt-out option for the new Google bar. This one is here to stay.
We’ve been seeing a few phishing scams that have made it past Gmail’s spam and phishing filters lately. Please do not reply to any email asking for your username, password, date of birth, social security number, credit card numbers or other sensitive data. More than likely it is an attempt to steal your identity, otherwise known as a phishing scam.
If a phishing scam makes it into your inbox, report it to Gmail. While looking at the message, click the down arrow button in the upper right of the message. That will review a menu of options. Click the “Report Phishing” option.
You’ll be asked if you truly want to report it. Click “Report Phishing Message.”
Google will review the message and decide whether to add it to their spam filters. If they do, you will have helped the Gmail community as the message will now go to users’ spam folders rather than their inboxes.
We’re often asked about Office apps on the iOS and Android mobile operating systems. While an official Microsoft Office app does exist for most mobile systems, it requires an active Office 365 subscription. For those users who don’t have that subscription (probably you, if you’re reading this), there are several great alternatives.
I recommend the official Google Drive app, available for iOS and Android systems. It allows you to access all of your LakerApps files stored on Drive, including spreadsheets and presentations. Best of all, it’s free!
Alternative apps can be found under the “Productivity” category on the Google Play and iOS App Store. A popular iOS alternative is Pages ($9.99), an Apple made app. On the Android side of things, expert Office aficionados prefer Quickoffice Pro ($14.99) for an expensive experience.
Drop us a line in the comments and let us know what mobile Office you prefer!