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Professional Development

Instructor-led workshops for the fall semester have wrapped up, but look for some to be held during the CELT sponsored Winter Breakout January 17-20.Until then, feel free to check out our self-paced, on-demand tutorials available from our iTunes U site.  Tutorials covering Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and LakerApps Sites are currently available.

Other technical training opportunities:

  • ANGEL workshops are available from the main ANGEL website.
  • Updating your department web site with Ingeniux workshops are available at the Ingeniux Training site.
  • The Skillport e-learning software is available to all students, faculty, and staff.  Skillport includes business and technology-related courses (including Office 2010) as well as courses and test preps needed to prepare you for many business and technical certifications.   Get started at the Skillport home page.
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Tech Tip

Have you noticed some people using LakerApps Gmail have uploaded a picture of themselves?  Their picture shows up anytime you hover over their name in an email or their name in the chat list or in your Contacts.Ever thought about adding your own? Follow the instructions on Google’s “Selecting your Gmail picture” article to upload your own picture.

New Features Available in LakerApps

If you’ve been away for the summer (or even if you haven’t), you may not know about some of the new features that Google has introduced to our LakerApps suite of products.  We thought we’d mention some of the cool ones here for the Gmail, Calendar and Docs apps. But don’t think this is the end of the new and/or improved feature list! You can expect more to come in the future as Google continuously works on improving their products.

Gmail:

  • More Space:  If you were getting close to your 7GB space limit for your email, no worries. Google recently increased all Google Apps for Education users mail space from 7GB to 25GB.  Thank you, Google!
  • Nested Labels:  If you organize your email, then you probably have used labels. Labels are similar to folders and allow you to take email out of your inbox and store them into categories you specify for later access. Previously, you could not group your labels together to create sub-labels. Now you can. When you create a new label you will have the option of grouping it under an existing label.  If you’d like to nest existing labels, go to your Mail Settings->Labels and then edit the Label you want to nest.  You will see an option to nest it.  Learn More
  • Inbox Styles:  You can now choose what mail messages you want to see at the top of your inbox each time you login.  Perhaps you want to see your Starred messages first or your Important messages.  Simply click on the option you would like to improve your mail reading efficiency!  Learn More
  • The People Widget:  This new widget shows up on the right hand side of any mail message you are viewing.  What you will see in this column is more information about the people involved in the conversation. As you click on a person’s name you will see  recent email communications with the person and if you have any shared documents or upcoming events with them.  You can also easily chat with them and send them email. Learn More
  • Call Phone:  In the chat area of Gmail, under your name will be a “Call phone” listing.  This new feature within Gmail allows you to make phone calls over the Internet.  Domestic calls are free through 2011 as well as calls to Canada.  Learn More

Calendar:

  • Appointment Slots:  This is one of the biggest new features Google introduced over the summer for Calendar, but won’t actually work in our SUNY Oswego domain until late September.  Everyone will  have the ability to create a block of time on their calendar where people can sign-up to meet with you.  Does Office Hours ring a bell?  Appointment slots is perfect for that.  Learn More
  • Color-Code Events: Ever wanted to categorize events by color or just wanted that really important one to stand out?  You can now color code your events.  Learn More
  • Default Meeting Length: If you often have to adjust the default event length of meetings when you create them, you can now make your most common event length your default through the Calendar Settings.   Learn More

Docs:

  • Google Cloud Connect:  This is a very cool feature now available for use with Microsoft Office.  Ever wanted to share a MS Word document in Docs, but still continue to work on it in Word without having to upload a new version to Docs each time you made changes?   If you install Google Cloud Connect, you can continue to make those changes in Word and with a click of a button have them automatically synced to Google Docs.  Oh, and it works with Excel and PowerPoint too! Learn More

To keep up on Google’s new feature releases, visit their What’s New in Google Apps? page.

New Interfaces Coming to LakerApps

As mentioned in the “New Features Available in LakerApps” article, Google continously strives to improve features in each of their applications.  We don’t always know what Google is working on next, but we do know of one change coming soon – new interfaces for the Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites apps. Google specifies three primary reasons for making this change.  Focus for streamlining a new look across all the apps and reducing clutter, elasticity for consistent user experience no matter what device you are using – computer, tablet or mobile, and effortlessness for incorporating the latest technologies in their products to quickly bring new features to users.At first the new interface will be an opt-in setting for some of the apps.  This will allow you to preview the new interface before it becomes permanent.  Google has provided us with some preview snapshots and tentative timelines on when we will start seeing the new interfaces in our own LakerApps.

For Gmail, a user opt-in preview will not be available for our SUNY Oswego domain, however we have a snapshot of the new interface below.  Google will permanently release it to our domain in October.

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Users can currently opt-in to the new interface for Calendar.   Just click on the “Try the new look” link in the upper right of the page.  If you want to switch back to the original one, click on the “Use the classic look” link in the same spot, but you will only be able to use the classic look for another month or so.  Google will permanently release it to our domain in October.

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For Docs, user opt-in is scheduled for sometime in August.  We have no permanent release schedule as of this writing.

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The Sites app is scheduled for user opt-in sometime in August.  We have no permanent release schedule as of this writing nor does Google currently have an interface preview snapshot.To keep up on Google’s updates to the interface changes, visit their New Look for Google and Google Apps page.

 

 

Photo of classroom with empty desks.

Professional Development

Instructor-led workshops for the fall semester are currently being planned.  Look for sessions on LakerApps Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites, Word 2010, Excel 2010 and Powerpoint 2010, multimedia creation, introduction to Apple’s new operating system called Lion, introduction to Windows 7 and more.  CTS Workshops are freely available to all SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students. Look for online registration on the CTS Training site.

Self-paced, on-demand tutorials are also available from our iTunes U site.  Tutorials covering Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and LakerApps Sites are currently available.

Other technical training opportunties:

  • ANGEL workshops are available from the main ANGEL website.
  • Updating your department web site with Ingeniux workshops are available at the Ingeniux Training site.
  • The Skillport e-learning software is available to all faculty, staff and students.  Skillport includes business and technology-related courses (including Office 2010) as well as courses and test preps needed to prepare you for many business and technical certifications.   Get started at the Skillport home page.
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Tech Tip

If you’re like us, you are subscribed to numerous mailing lists. Often, some of the discussion threads are irrelevant or uninteresting, but you don’t want to unsubscribe from the mailing list in order to avoid them.

Luckily, Gmail has a “mute” feature that will allow you to suppress these discussions from your inbox. Simply select a conversation and choose “Mute” from the “More Actions” menu.

More on this feature can be found on Google’s help page:

http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=47787