Category Archives: LakerApps

Google Classroom is Now in Session

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.

  1. Click the application grid next to your email address in the upper right of the window.

 

  1. Click on the “More” link at the bottom. You will see something similar to the following:

 

  1. 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.

Google Chrome Now the Default Web Browser in Labs and Classrooms

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.

 

Tech Tip: SUNY Oswego Email Official Means of Communication

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.

How to Forward campus email to another email account can be found at:   https://support.google.com/mail/answer/10957?hl=en


Tech Tips are a collaboration of Campus Technology Services and the Campus Technology Advisory Board.  Computer assistance is always available from
the CTS Help Desk, http://www.oswego.edu/cts/help.html, 315-312-3456, help@oswego.edu.

New Google Bar Arriving in LakerApps

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.

 

grid

 

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.

For more info:  http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2013/09/updating-google-bar-many-products.html and http://whatsnew.googleapps.com/.

Tell us what you think of the new bar in the comments!

Mobile Office Apps

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!

CTS Teaching Approximately 20 Sessions During Winter BreakOut

CTS will be teaching approximately 20 sessions on various topics during the 2013 CELT-sponsored Winter BreakOut being held from Jan. 16 – 25.

Michael Pisa, interim Chief Technology Officer had this to say in regards to the department’s participation,

“CTS is offering a rich menu of technical trainings during Winter BreakOut scheduled for January 16-25.  If you haven’t been to the Cyber Security Awareness training, don’t miss Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security.  He teaches a very engaging training and certainly gets you thinking about cyber security at work and at home.  If you are looking for ways to become more productive in your use of LakerApps Gmail, Calendar and Drive, we have a number of short sessions geared towards specific features that can do just that.  If you’ve been thinking about lecture capture for recording your classes, make sure to attend the introductory session.  Elluminate web-conferencing continues to gain ground for those interested in synchronous online meetings.  Elluminate will be upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate in Summer 2013, so if you are already using Elluminate, be sure to attend the preview session.  Lastly, we always have a lot of projects we are working on in CTS.  Come to our ‘CTS Projects’ session to learn about those that may affect you, your department or the entire campus. Hope to see you there!”

Below are the sessions CTS will be offering.  Be sure to click on the session name to read the full description of the course.  If you’d like to attend a session, be sure to register, using the “Register” link!

Cyber Security
Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security will be back on campus January 16th giving two additional Cyber Security Awareness trainings.  He was on campus in October and November giving a knowledgeable and engaging training for faculty, staff and students on many security topics ranging from passwords and social engineering to mobile device and physical security for both work and home.  See our article entitled: “Did You Miss the Cyber Security Awareness Training?”

Elluminate
Elluminate Web-Conferencing has been used on campus for conducting synchronous online meetings for a variety of purposes including courses, meetings, workshops and more.  Elluminate will be upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate during Summer of 2013.  If you are a current Elluminate user or will be for the Spring, please attend the preview session to learn more about it.

CTS Projects
Come to the CTS Projects session to learn about the projects CTS is currently working on and those being planned that may affect you, your department or the entire campus.

Lecture Capture
CTS officially released the Panopto lecture capture service in specific rooms during the Fall 2012 semester.  We have an introductory session for those that would like to learn more about the service, how it works and how it is being used.  We also have an advanced session for those that have already been using the service that will show more advanced features and uses of the system.

Captioning
If you are working on a multimedia project and need to caption it, be sure to attend the following:

ANGEL
Have an ANGEL Question you’d like answered? Want to see how to use a certain feature?  Maybe you’re just having a problem you can’t fix?  Our team of local experts can help you out.

LakerApps
We have a number of LakerApps sessions geared towards making your life a little more productive.  Learn about specific features that could make it easier to read and compose email, create meetings and get notified of them, work and collaborate on documents: