Thursday, October 17, 2013

Early Adopter Gmail Migration

This week 84 new Gmail users had their mail migrated from their '' account to their '' account. This migration takes place when Chad Burlingame runs scripts to basically tell your email to stop going to your account and start showing up only in your account. Chad can also migrate over personal contacts as well as Outlook calendar events. The 84 early adopters were volunteers and face a few little differences or challenges with the migration. They are a tremendous help to the Technology Department as far as the necessary staff development and technical issues of migrating to Gmail. If you are a volunteer, THANK YOU!

A few things to remember in the transition toward using Gmail:

1. When you email someone at this point, you should email their account; at least until all staff members have migrated to Gmail (potentially by January 2014). Also, you will still get emails people send to your account, so there is no need to ask other district employees to send email to you at

2. We are fast becoming a multi-web browser world. This means that the typical web browsers, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc, are dividing and marketing toward products they support. Google products work best in Chrome, while javascript applications, such as the Infinite Campus gradebook, don't work well in Chrome at all. One easy troubleshooting step with Gmail is to ensure that you are using Chrome.

3. If you like the split-screen look in Outlook (list of messages on the left, open message displayed on the right), you can achieve that by enabling a Lab in the Settings menu. The Settings menu can be found in the upper right portion of your Gmail window - the icon looks like a cogwheel. Select "Settings." Once you are in the Settings window, across the top there are tabs - select "Labs." The Preview Pane lab is the one that will give you the look you're after. Click Enable and scroll down to save settings. Go back to your inbox and near the Settings cogwheel, a new icon has appeared. Select vertical split.

We will continue to update this information with tips and tricks. If you have other questions, please feel free to continue to contact Sarah Radcliffe, Cara Schueller or Chad Burlingame.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Embed Your Ensemble Video

Google makes it really easy to embed a YouTube video in to your Site, but embedding video from other sources is not as pretty.  If you are using the Camtasia/Ensemble video tools that CESA10 provides, you can still embed video. It just takes a couple more steps to make it look decent.

Step 1  Get the Embed Code
If you wish to embed one video:
Click the Web Publishing Tab, then click the Website link.  This shows a list of all your videos.  Click the intended video, click Embed at the bottom center of the video frame.  Adjust size and other attributes if necessary.  Copy the code.

If you wish to embed the list of videos:
Click the Web Publishing Tab, then click the Install link.  Copy the code as is, or customize the attributes and then copy the code from the Custom code box at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2  Paste Code in Gadget on Google Site
Click Insert, from the center column, choose More Gadgets, browse the list to find the one called Embed Gadget.
Paste the embed code. Adjust size and scroll options if necessary. Enter a frame title if you choose to include one. Uncheck the box for Display title if you do not want one, else it will shwo "Embed Gadget" in your frame.  Click OK.  Click the gadget to see the alignment options, or click the settings wheel to adjust size. 

Use the Preview Page as Viewer command from the More menu to see how it looks.