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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Free Salamander School Data Sync Updated with new features

Since the initial release of Salamander School Data Sync (SDS) in May there have been a few requests from customers for new features. This new version adds two of those features:

Effective Date
Effective Date is a process which allows the user to define the date on which the export processes run. During Holiday period’s it may be useful to set this to look at the student, teacher and class information at a particular date rather than the date of running the application.

This allows the utility to help the provisioning of SDS for new Academic Years and/or Terms before they start.

Toggle output CSV with missing details
By default the utility will output, to the CSV files, the details of every user it finds in the data from the MIS. This will include those without complete details which could cause sync issues with SDS. This version now adds the ability to, optionally, remove the details for any missing students/staff.


For more details on the utility please visit

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Salamander Active Directory supports Google’s Cloud Identity

Google’s Cloud Identity is a free identity and access management cloud solution that provides a robust set of capabilities to manage your users online. These managed identities provide easy and secure access to all Google products and a large catalogue of third-party applications.

It is implemented as a free license which used instead of a standard G Suite license. Cloud Identity users will not have access to the G Suite core services unless you assign them a G Suite license.

Some advantages of adding this type of user are:

  • Free access to a SaaS application catalogue containing hundreds of preconfigured applications.
  • Basic Mobile Device Management
  • Access policies that enable granular security
  • Integrated multifactor authentication
  • Robust reporting and usage metrics

For more details see the announcement.

Salamander Active Directory is capable of creating users with this free license or with a standard G Suite license, as with everything we do it is completely configurable.

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