Salamander Active Directory and SharePoint can enable parental access to Class Notebooks

OneNote-class-notebooksLast year Microsoft enabled sharing of Class Notebooks with parents. This allows you to create read only links to the Content Library and individual student notebooks: for more details see https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/nzedu/2017/04/20/major-onenote-class-notebook-announcement-sharing-with-parents/ or https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/04/19/onenote-class-notebook-updates-include-read-only-parent-or-guardian-access-and-collaboration-space-permissions/?eu=true.

At the time we added support to create those links to Salamander Active Directory and SharePoint and am now rolling out the functionality more generally.

To get this enabled please email support, although we would recommend testing our the Class Notebook functionality with a limited subset first to make sure it does what you want it to.

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SalamanderSoft is looking to hire a Home Based C# Developer

C# Developer – Home Based

Who are we?

SalamanderSoft is a small but growing software house providing integration products and services to the education sector in the UK. As part of our growth, we are now looking for a C# developer to design, develop and implement our products.

Our products integrate school management systems with Active Directory, Office 365, G Suite, SharePoint and other products. Although written in C# they use a number of different technologies to integrate with all the different systems, from REST and SOAP web APIs to direct database access and custom object models. We are also currently running a project to run our product set in Azure which is likely to be a main focus for you initially. We use agile methodologies as much as possible. The product set has been developed over the last 10 years and so is quite mature, but there is constant change as new features are added to the systems we integrate with and as we add support for new products.

SalamanderSoft currently consists of 8 employees, the majority of which are operations/support staff. It is a small close-knit company and our ethos is to provide excellent service to our customers and to be the best at what we do. This is reflected in the fact that all our sales are via word of mouth/recommendations – we do not have a sales team, and we are still growing strongly. All our roles are remote working, so you will be working from home.

Who we are looking for

To date, I have been the sole developer, and I am now looking for someone to take on some of the development work to allow for further growth of the company. I would be happy to consider both senior and junior developers. The role could be full-time or part-time for the right candidate and will be a home-based role so you will need to be comfortable and effective working from home. Although home-working sounds great and offers a lot of flexibility it is not for everybody.

The exact skills we are looking for will depend on your experience, although C# is a core requirement. However, your attitude will be key, we will be looking for someone who:

  • uses their initiative and gets things done
  • has enthusiasm and interest in development and technology.
  • wants to be the best that they can be and strives for excellence
  • is able to work independently and remotely
  • has a hunger to learn new skills
  • wants to drive best-practices and processes

For a senior developer we would also be expecting agile skills, especially test driven development.

All applicants must be legally entitled to work in the UK and, due to the nature of the sector we work in, we require all employees to be DBS checked.

What we will do for you

  • We will offer a competitive salary, dependent on experience together with pension contributions
  • A chance to work on the latest technologies (especially Office 365, Google and Azure)
  • The ability to drive best practices and processes within the development team
  • Significant autonomy.
  • Training resources and all appropriate technology and software will be provided.
  • Flexibility in working hours when required, although our customers’ needs have to come first
  • The opportunity to get rid of your daily commute
  • 5 weeks paid holiday per year plus bank holidays
  • Expenses paid on any business travel
  • Support you in improving your current skillset and to work with and develop new ones
  • The opportunity to attend some conferences/events/training during the year
  • Paid Certification attempts

Next Steps

If you are interested in joining our team, please write to us at careers@salamandersoft.co.uk with anything you want to support your application. Links to social media and code repositories would be great as well. Noting where you saw the ad would be helpful to us.

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Salamander Active Directory can now manage events in your SIMs Diary

We have just completed adding functionality that allows Salamander Active Directory to manage events in your SIMs Diary. This allows it to create and update events from another source such as a shared Outlook calendar without you needing to re-key the events into SIMs. The events are given a specified category to ensure that they are self contained and the process does not affect other events. This also allows you to synchronize multiple sources into your SIMs diary.

SimsDiary

If this is something that you would like implementing in your Salamander Active Directory set up then please contact support@salamandersoft.co.uk.

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Training Resources for Microsoft Teams for Education

teamsHere’s a selection of training and professional development resources for Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Teams for Education. Microsoft seems very focused on Teams as their preferred collaboration tool and are trying to integrate as many tools into it as they can. There are even indications that Microsoft is looking to migrate users from Skype for Business to Teams (see All About Microsoft for more details).

Microsoft Teams Interactive Demo

Meet Microsoft Teams for Education

Introduction to Microsoft Teams for Education Course (45 min, 6 videos)

Teams for Education blog post, and more generally the Microsoft Education Blog.

Teams for Education IT Administrators Guide

There’s lots of great information in here to get you started with Teams for Education.

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