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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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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Support for Denbigh Administration

denbigh-logoOver the summer we also added support for Denbigh Administration to our product set. This means that it is compatible with Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint.

From their website: “An intuitive interface makes navigation through a vast range of student information a painless exercise. Instantly display a student’s classes, timetables, medical details, discipline and attendance history, correspondence and contact history, sporting and extra-curricular involvement and any other related information.”

We can now integrate Denbigh Aministration with Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, Office 365 and Google Apps, ensuring that your users, groups and timetables are always up to date. This means that as pupil & staff move in and out of your school, their accounts can be automatically created, security groups and distribution lists created and updated, and timetables synchronized to Exchange or Google Calendar together with a multitude of other actions.

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

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Synchronize PowerSchool with Active Directory, SharePoint, Office 365 and Google Apps for Education

We have now added support for PowerSchool to our product set. This means that it is compatible with Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint.

From their website: “PowerSchool plays a central role in K12 education, serving as the hub of customers’ education ecosystems with robust features and APIs that allow education stakeholders to effectively manage school processes and student data and connect education technologies relied upon in school offices and classrooms alike.”

So we can now integrate PowerSchool with Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, Office 365 and Google Apps, ensuring that your users, groups and timetables are always up to date. This means that as pupil & staff move in and out of your school, their accounts can be automatically created, security groups and distribution lists created and updated, and timetables synchronized to Exchange or Google Calendar together with a multitude of other actions.

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

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Salamander Active Directory supports Google Users and Groups

We’ve had support for this for a while now, but I hadn’t got round to blogging about it. Salamander Active Directory has support for creating and updating users and groups in Google Apps for Education (and Work).

We can create users and update their properties as they change in your MIS – this includes Organizational Units and photos. Typically, if you are using a local Active Directory, you would still use GADS for the user creation as that includes password directory synchronization, so that your users passwords will be the same for the local directory and for Google Apps. However, if you don’t want to use that for whatever reason we can create users with whatever password format you want – as long as it conforms to the standard required by Google.

Of course if using GADS to create users, then Salamander Active Directory will still be creating the users in Active Directory first.

Again with groups we can create them directly or just update properties which GADS cannot, such as the settings controlling who can view membership or post messages. In addition to this, Salamander Active Directory can of course maintain the group membership as users are moved into and out of it in your MIS. As for users, we can create the groups in AD which are then synchronized by GADS, or create the groups directly in Google Apps. In this case, if you don’t need the groups in AD for use locally, there’s no real advantage to create them locally and getting GADS to create them. e.g. if using them purely as distribution lists then they could be created just in Google Apps.

So, in summary, whatever your MIS – Sims, Progresso, iSAMs, Bromcom or any of the others we support, we can synchronize your users and groups with Google Apps for Education.

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Support for SchoolBase

SchoolBaseLogoSlightly delayed announcement, but over the summer we’ve added support for SchoolBase from Furlong Solutions to our product set. This means that it is compatible with Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint.

From their website: “SchoolBase® is different to other education management systems. It has been uniquely built so that it can be tailored to meet your needs. If you’re a school who needs to organise enrichment as part of your curriculum or a group looking to centrally manage student data – SchoolBase will mould to your requirements.”

We can now integrate SchoolBase with Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, Office 365 and Google Apps, ensuring that your users, groups and timetables are always up to date. This means that as pupil & staff move in and out of your school, their accounts can be automatically created, security groups and distribution lists created and updated, and timetables synchronized to Exchange or Google Calendar together with a multitude of other actions.

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

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