Salamander Active Directory supports Apple School Manager

Apple School Manager is a simple, web-based portal for IT administrators to manage people, devices and content all from one place. Managed Apple IDs are created automatically when you connect Apple School Manager to your school’s register data, and they give students access to iCloud, iTunes U and Shared iPad. If you’re not using these services you can even deploy iPad without an Apple ID. Students simply turn on the device and get to work, no sign-in is required. If your school’s needs change, you can create Managed Apple IDs and distribute them to students later.

https://www.apple.com/uk/education/it/

Salamander Active Directory can be used to link your school information system, whatever it is, to Apple School Manager. We can either create csv files for you to upload manually, or automatically upload the files into Apple School Manager so the process is fully automated.

As with all our products, the link with Apple School Manager is completely customisable. The csv files can be generated for the entire school or filtered by any criteria if you want to initially test with a subset of data. In addition the data in each column can be customised exactly how you want it e.g. whether to use legal or preferred names.

If you are an existing customer and would like this set up please email support@salamandersoft.co.uk, otherwise for more information please email info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

Apple, Apple School Manager, iCloud, iTunes U, iPad, Apple ID are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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Microsoft Classroom to be replaced by Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education

Update (23rd June 2017): Immersive classroom experience in Microsoft Teams rolling out to Office 365 for Education customers worldwide: https://educationblog.microsoft.com/2017/06/collaborative-classroom-features-now-available-microsoft-teams/?wt.mc_id=AID620997_QSG_SCL_172658

Update (17th May 2017): Microsoft has published a support article on the change at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4022583/microsoft-classroom-preview-features-are-moving-to-microsoft-teams. In brief it looks like the existing functionality will be available in tabs in Teams. The existing content will not be transferred, but most of it will be available through the underlying group. The notable exception is assignment data which you will need to export if you want to keep it after the Microsoft Classroom close date.

Yesterday (2nd May 2017) in their #MicrosoftEDU event support for education features in Microsoft Teams. From the Microsoft Office blog

The new classroom experiences in Teams will help teachers manage their daily workflow more easily than ever before. Using Teams, they can quickly and efficiently create classes with automatically populated student rosters from their school information system; share files and teaching materials; make announcements; divide the class into project groups and monitor progress; create, distribute and grade quizzes; deliver personalized learning with OneNote Class Notebooks; and distribute, collect and grade assignments. And because Teams is a digital hub, students can work together anytime, anywhere, and on any device; teachers can connect with their peers and continue their own development in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs); and school administrators can communicate and collaborate with their entire staff.

From the image you can see that the tabs are similar to those in Microsoft Classroom.

 

Then education tenants started to get this message in their message centre.

We’re making some changes to Microsoft Classroom Preview

On July 31, 2017, we’ll discontinue support for the Microsoft Classroom Preview, as we work to unify our classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education. Since the Microsoft Classroom Preview released, we’ve been very thankful for schools’ feedback from around the world; which has helped us improve benefits and features of the service. Ultimately, we learned to keep it simple and put classroom resources all in one place. We listened and we’re bringing the best of the classroom features (e.g., Assignments and OneNote Class Notebook) to Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education.

How does this affect me?

– Microsoft Classroom Preview will continue with current functionality until July 31, 2017. – Teachers will not be able to create new notebooks or assignments after the July 31, 2017. – Current classes and associated content will continue to be available as Office 365 Groups. Teachers can access assignment resources, files, calendars, and conversations, through tools such as Microsoft Outlook and SharePoint Online. If necessary, they can copy Class Notebook content to their personal workspace (e.g. OneDrive for Business). – When the new class experiences become available in Teams, School Data Sync will start creating the new classes for Microsoft Teams. SDS will continue to sync existing Microsoft Classroom Preview classes through July 31, 2017.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this transition. We encourage you to try out Microsoft Teams, and get yourself familiar with the Teams experience. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

So by July 31st 2017, Microsoft Classroom, which never got out of preview, will be discontinued, to be replaced by the education experience in Microsoft Teams. While this will be very annoying for those who have invested their time in trialling it, and using in their school – it does make sense. Classroom, although built on top of Azure Active Directory, was a very much standalone experience, and just for the education sector. Microsoft is heavily pushing Teams as part of Office 365 and so will be investing a lot in it. Hence adding the education functionality to it makes much more sense and will make it more likely to keep being updated as it’s part of a ‘core’ product.

We’ve yet to see what the assignment functionality is like, but my guess is that the Assignments tab will be very similar to Classroom, because it’s likely to be the same back end. One of the advantages of Teams is that the tabs are configurable and extendable, so anyone can develop new functionality in a tab, hopefully it should have just been a case of putting the assignments functionality in a new UI container.

On the administration side, both are powered by School Data Sync (SDS) and so no change is required and any time you have invested in setting that up is not wasted. So you can continue to create your classroom/team group using SDS whether it’s by manual csv upload, Salamander Active Directory or our new free SDS utility.

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Recordings of our Webinars on our products and their integration with Active Directory, Office 365, G Suite, SharePoint, Exchange etc

Earlier this year we broadcast several webinars on how our products can support the needs of you and your organisations. Here are the recordings of them, all of which are also available in our YouTube channel.

For more information on any of our products please email info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

Getting the most from Office 365 with Salamander Products

Automated Provisioning with Salamander Active Directory

Teaching and Learning with Salamander SharePoint and Office 365

Making G Suite Administration easy with Salamander Active Directory

Supporting Automated Provisioning for Multi-Academy Trusts and enterprises

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Salamander Active Directory now supports Google’s Team Drives

logo-driveI am pleased to announce, that in addition to supporting Google Drive, Salamander Active Directory now also supports Team Drives.

Google Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can easily store, search, and access their files anywhere, from any device.

Unlike files in My Drive, files in Team Drive belong to the team instead of an individual. Even if members leave, the files stay exactly where they are so your team can continue to share information and get work done.

We now have the capability to automatically create the team drives and any folder structure you want in them, including assigning permissions to the drives and folders. As with all our integrations it is all completely configurable so it’s just limited by your imagination and what works for your school.

So whatever school management system you use, whether it is SIMS, iSAMs, Progresso, PowerSchool or any of the others we support we can now integrated it with Google Drive.

If you are an existing customer and would like this set up please email support@salamandersoft.co.uk, otherwise for more information please email info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

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Free Webinars on our products and their integration with Active Directory, Office 365, G Suite, SharePoint, Exchange etc

We are running a series of free webinars which will go into more detail of how our products can support the needs of you and your organisations:

Teaching and Learning with Salamander SharePoint and Office 365
A look into how Salamander SharePoint can support Teaching and Learning through SharePoint, MS Classroom and Class Notebooks in Office 365.

Wednesday 8th February 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT
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Tuesday 7th March 2017 @ 1400 – 1500 GMT
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Automated Provisioning with Salamander Active Directory
A look at how Salamander Active Directory can support your automated provisioning needs.

Thursday 16th February 2017 @ 1300 – 1400 GMT
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Getting the most from Office 365 with Salamander Products
An overview of how Salamander Products can help you get the most from your Office 365 tenant and the products available with it.

Tuesday 21st February 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT
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Making G Suite Administration easy with Salamander Active Directory
A look at how Salamander Active Directory can support Administrators as they manage their G Suite Tenancies inside schools.

Wednesday 1st March 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT
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Supporting Automated Provisioning for Multi-Academy Trusts and enterprises
A demonstration of how the Salamander Products can support the provisioning needs of expanding trusts, including provisioning for Active Directory and Office 365 from multiple MIS systems, and how our products can scale to meet your needs.

Wednesday 15th March 2017 @ 1000 – 1100 GMT
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SalamanderSoft Active Directory Now Supports Google Drive

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I am pleased to announce that Salamander Active Directory now supports Google Drive. This means that we can provision folder hierarchies and share them automatically for your users.

For example you might want every student to have a folder for every subject they take which is shared with their teachers. As with all our integrations it is all completely configurable so it’s just limited by your imagination and what works for your school.

So whatever school management system you use, whether it is SIMS, iSAMs, Progresso, PowerSchool or any of the others we support we can now integrated it with Google Drive.

If you are an existing customer and would like this set up please email support@salamandersoft.co.uk, otherwise for more information please email info@salamandersoft.co.uk.

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