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  • Changes to Google Contacts

    Old Contacts homepage

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    New Contacts homepage

    New Contacts Preview.png


    Notable changes

    • Google+ circles will no longer be synchronized to a "Circles" section in Contacts. Instead, Google+ profile information will only be shown in Contacts when viewing a specific contact profile. Circle memberships can still be managed in Google+.
    • Groups will be renamed Labels. There are no changes to functionality.

    What you should do

    If you have users previewing the new Contacts, share the images and changes. The following Help Center articles will also help prepare them for the changes:

    Later this year, expect more changes to the new Contacts as we incorporate customer feedback. If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact Google Support.


    The G Suite Team

    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 8:12 AM by James Hatz
  • Google Sheets

    New iterative calculation settings and more in Google Sheets

    Posted: 06 Dec 2016 12:25 PM PST

    To prevent the errors that sometimes plague complex calculations, today we’re launching a new setting in Sheets on the web (File > Spreadsheet settings > Calculation > Iterative calculation) that allows you to set the maximum number of times a calculation with a circular reference can take place. In addition, you can specify a “convergence threshold,” and when results from successive calculations differ by less than that threshold value, the calculations will stop (even if the maximum number of calculations has yet to be reached).

    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 5:31 AM by James Hatz
  • Google Team Drives now live

    As I wrote last week our District has been selected for early access to a super useful new feature in Google Drive called Team Drives. Check it out today.

    So, what are Team Drives?

    Shared spaces where teams can store their files and guarantee that every member has the most up-to-date information, no matter the time or place.

    What makes them special?

    • Every person and Google Group added to a Team Drive gets instant access to that team's documents
    • Designed to store the team's work collectively, so if a document's creator moves off of the team that document doesn't go with them
    • Team members prevented from accidentally removing or deleting files that others need

    How do I get started?

    1. Visit
    2. Click "Team Drives" on the left-hand side of the screen.
    3. Click the blue "New Team Drive" button on the left-hand side of the screen to create a new Team Drive for you and your teammates.
    4. Add teammates and files to your Team Drive.
    5. Play around! Use Team Drives in your everyday work.
    6. Provide feedback by clicking the gear icon in the top right corner of the application and selecting "Send feedback."
    7. Check out the Help Center if you have any issues, or contact me with any questions. 

    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 5:42 AM by James Hatz
  • Quickly and easily cite your sources with Explore in Google Docs

    Posted: 05 Dec 2016 11:41 AM PST

    In September 2016, we launched Explore in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to give you the insights, design tools, and research recommendations you need to do your best work. Today, we’re improving upon the feature by allowing you to easily cite those findings. Students writing research reports, analysts crafting whitepapers, and others looking to credit their sources can now insert citations as footnotes with the click of a button in Explore in Docs on the web. You can even change the format of your citation, switching between the MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. For more information on how to use citations in Docs Explore, check out the Help Center.

    With the addition of citations support, we’re now ready to launch Explore in Docs to G Suite for Education customers on the Scheduled release track. That rollout will begin tomorrow, December 6th.
    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 5:35 AM by James Hatz
  • Google Drive now supports Import and Export from Open Office formats

    Export presentations in OpenDocument Presentation (ODP) format from Google Slides

    Posted: 17 Nov 2016 09:44 AM PST

    Being able to save Google Slides in the OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) file format has been a popular request from the open-source community and organizations that use open-source office suites, such as LibreOffice and OpenOffice. Starting today, you can download your Google Slides presentations in the ODP file format. 

    From a Google Slides presentation, click File > Download as > ODP Document (.odp) to download your presentation as an ODP file. The file will be saved to your default download folder. 

    With this update, you can now import and export all three major OpenDocument file formats: .odt files for documents, .ods for spreadsheets, and .odp for presentations.

    Please note that some formatting (e.g. tables and complex shapes) may be lost during file conversion.

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release 

    Rollout pace:
    Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility) 

    Available to all G Suite editions 

    All end users 

    Change management suggested/FYI 

    Posted Nov 18, 2016, 5:39 AM by James Hatz
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  • Computer Best Practices   0k - Dec 7, 2015, 8:05 AM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Changes for the 2010/2011 school year for staff to be aware of.‎
  • Changing Browser Home Page   0k - Jul 5, 2011, 6:27 AM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Links to instructions on how to change various browser homepage settings for both Mac and Windows users.‎
  • Saving to your networked Home drive from Microsoft Office on a Windows 7 PC.doc   258k - Mar 14, 2011, 12:40 PM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Instructions for saving from classmate pc‎
  • Saving YouTube Videos as a file   0k - Oct 6, 2010, 1:54 PM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Sometimes you may wish to save a youtube video for use in another program or at a computer without Internet access. This document explains how.‎
  • moodle template.xls   30k - Oct 6, 2010, 9:00 AM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Template to import students into Moodle‎
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