Guardians and Parents in Google Classroom Now Supported By Salamander Active Directory

96x96_yellow_stroke_icon1x_thumbGoogle Classroom has just launched a new feature to support parents and guardians – blog post. This will allow Google Classroom to share summaries of student work with parents. They can receive daily or weekly email summaries of student work and class announcements, allowing them to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the classroom.

We’re pleased to announce that we have added support for this to Salamander Active Directory, allowing it to automatically invite your students’ parents to Google Classroom, rather than an administrator needing to do it for each student. We can also remove parents from classroom if they stop having parental responsibility. This will work whether you use SIMS, Facility, iSAMS, Pass or any other MIS.

If you are using Google Classroom and Salamander Active Directory and would like to implement this then just email support and we’ll get it set up for you. Note, you will need to make sure that your contact information is clean and up to date before using it.

For more information on how we can create classrooms directly from your MIS/SIS please email info@salamandersoft.co.uk,

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OneNote Staff Notebook Creation with Salamander Active Directory and SharePoint

onenoteIconAfter the success of OneNote Class Notebooks, Microsoft introduced OneNote Staff Notebooks. These have a personal workspace for every staff member or teacher, a content library for shared information, and a collaboration space for everyone to work together, all within one powerful notebook. There’s a getting started guide available at support.office.com.

Now, as with the OneNote Class Notebook, Microsoft have released an API to allow partners to automatically create them. I’m pleased to announce that we have now added support for creating and maintianing Class Notebooks to Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint.

This means that we can automate the creation of Staff Notebooks directory from your MIS, whether it’s SIMs, Facility, iSAMS, Pass or any other MIS. It will also add and remove students and teachers as the membership changes in the MIS.

This allows central provisioning and rollout of Staff Notebooks with no manual intervention required by staff– they can just get on with teaching and enabling teaching.

We can create the Notebooks in several different locations:

  1. In the Staff OneDrives.
  2. In SharePoint sites.
  3. Within the new Office 365 Groups.
  4. In a shared OneDrive.

This is all completely configurable, as are all our products, so we can configure it to whatever works best for your school. We can even automatically archive the Notebooks at the end of the year, before building a new set for the new academic year.

For more details please email info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

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Support for updated OneNote Class Notebook API by Salamander Active Directory

ClassNotebookRecently Microsoft updated their API for OneNote Class Notebooks to add more functionality. Read more at the Office blog:

Teacher Only spaces, Collaboration Space lockdown, subgroup creation and more with the new Class Notebook API updates

I am pleased to announce that we have now added support for this new functionality to Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint. This includes:

  • Teacher only content spaces. These can be added to existing as well as to new class Notebooks.
  • Deletion of notebooks, sections and pages.
  • Adding section groups, sections and pages.
  • Copying sections and pages from other notebooks.
  • Permissions. The ability to set permissions on notebooks, sections and section groups. These can range from allowing anyone to edit, through read only, to not even being able to see it is there.
  • Option to send or not send the Welcome Email message when creating class notebooks.
  • Create class notebooks in languages other then English.
    If you want any of this functionality adding to your current set up please email support@salamandersoft.co.uk. If you are interested in creating Class Notebooks directly from your MIS, whether it is Capita SIMs, Progresso, iSAMs, RM Integris or any other MIS/SIS please contact us at info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

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Salamander Active Directory now has support for Microsoft Classroom and School Data Sync

edu_112X112_classdash_icon_color_en-USAs Microsoft Partners we have been working with Microsoft Classroom and School Data Sync (SDS) for a while and are working with a couple of pilot schools in preparation for the release of the preview.

Now the preview is available we can now announce our technical support for them.

This includes the management of the SDS specific attributes for users, Office 365 groups and the creation and updating of Classrooms from your MIS data and Local Active Directory. This can be done without any of the data going via the US data centres. This is from any of the MIS/SIS systems we support such as Capita SIMs, Facility, Progresso, iSAMs, RM Integris etc.

There are however, caveats about the fact that some of the data used by Classroom and SDS is stored within the US, notably any manual CSV uploads for SDS and the assignment data for Classroom. As such we would not recommend that you use these for live data until they are generally available for the UK market. If you want to use this functionality then as Data Controllers, you will need to ensure that you are happy that some of the data goes overseas into US data centres.

If you do want to go ahead, then we have developed our SDS import so that it avoids the data going via US data centres and so can safely create the SDS groups, Once the SDS groups have been created then you can use Classroom, however as the data for the assignments is still stored in US data centres, we cannot recommend using that except for a pilot with test data.

If you have the preview and would like more information about getting it configured to synchronize with your local Active Directory and MIS just drop an email to support@salamandersoft.co.uk if you are an existing customer, or info@salamandersoft.co.uk for new customers and we’ll be in touch.

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Salamander Active Directory now supports sharing printers in Google Cloud Print

cloudprintGoogle Cloud Print is a Google service which allows you to add printers to your Google services and print from any internet connected device.

You can share printers with users and groups, so when you first add a printer to Cloud Print and your users are in a group, then you can easily share the printer with all your users. However, new users joining the group don’t automatically get the printer shared with them.

So we’ve added support to Salamander Active Directory to share and un-share printers in Google Cloud Print with your Google users. This will allow you to automate setting up printers as users join and leave your institution, whether you use SIMs, Progresso, iSAMs or any other MIS.

If you are using Google Apps for Education and would like to take advantage of this, then just drop an email to support and we’ll get it set up for you.

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Salamander Active Directory now supports assigning applications to users in Azure Active Directory

Inspired by a thread on Edugeek (http://www.edugeek.net/forums/cloud-services/160078-azure-ad-assigning-apps.html), Salamander Active Directory now supports assigning and removing applications to users in Azure Active Directory.

So if you are a Salamander Active Directory user you can now bulk assign applications to users without needing Azure AD Premium.

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