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Google Gmail Transition

4 months ago

By Dr. Vanessa Wrenn

Google Gmail Transition

There is some exciting news for Faculty and Staff this year. 

The District will be implementing Google Gmail!


So what does that mean for you as a staff member?


Well the biggest change will be that your email client will switch from Zimbra to Google's Gmail.  Your email address will stay the same, but now you will be logging into Gmail using your email address and GCPS password to access your work mail.  There are several benefits to this change. Below are a few:
  • Unlimited Storage Space!  No more pruning out your old emails to consolidate on space.  

  • Accessible Anywhere!  Easily add your email to your personal phone, tablet, and home pc.  And because it's cloud based you're assured a 99.99% up time even when natural disasters such as hurricanes.

  • Apps Integration!  Your email will now work with a network of other Google products. Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Calendar, YouTube, Hangouts, etc.  All of which will help making collaborating, organizing, communicating, and getting involved all the more easy.

  • Tons of support options!  You'll no longer be limited to internal support. With Gmail there are many support resources, YouTube videos, and training information online,  additionally, the ITS staff will be hosting and creating many online, blended and in-person training opportunities.

  • Gmail Features: Gmail offers many new options, including the labeling system, themes, searchability, filters, and more.

  • Communicate!  Students transitioned to Gmail in 2015; therefore,  you'll be able to securely communicate with students via email, and they will all have accounts that you can easily contact through directory listings.  The Google Apps for Education environment will include directory searching in the same way we have now.
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Gmail is integrated into Google Drive, which means unlimited file storage accessible from anywhere.

 Gmail is part of Google Drive, which  is a cross platform cloud based highly accessible file storage system.  Connect to it via your laptop, tablet, or Chromebook. 

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Synchronized calendars with Google Calendar!

Add Google Calendar to your phone, laptop, tablet, or Chromebook.  Get alerts from devices.  Add events from anywhere and receive them anywhere.  With the added benefit of directory connectivity you'll be able to organize like never before.

Google Chat and Hangouts

Google Chat and Hangouts are easy to launch within the email application allowing more options for communication and file sharing.

  Google Apps for Chrome, Chromebooks, Drive, Extensions, and Add ons

The Google Apps market is getting larger and larger, and we have access to a resources available through it.  Cast for Education, Pixlr, LucidChart, Edmodo, IXL, Educlipper, and many more.  Transitioning to Gmail strengthens the GSuite integration and makes usage convenient.

Helpful Resources


Beginning with Gmail

Beginning with Google Calendar



5 months ago

Dr. Vanessa Wrenn

2017 Technology Equipment Recycling RFP

2016 Chromebooks RFP Awarded to RTI (Riverside Technologies)

Bid Matrix

GCPS Student Apps Locker

7 months ago

Welcome to the GCPS Student Apps Locker. The list provided below includes some highlighted apps and extensions that are available for students. GCPS has made available over 600 apps/extensions for student use. Some apps and extensions are only available for specific users based on age and grade level. If you are unable to install an app or extension it is not approved for your group. 

Chrome Web Store

GCPS G Suite Resources

App Submissions

Select the appropriate form to complete to request that an app be added (Elementary School, Middle School, High School)




Google Art Project

     BackChannel Chat


Cite this for me: Web Citer

Discovery Education 

Evernote Web

GeoGebra Math Apps

G Suite Training


Simple ePub Reader

Google Keep


Kindle Cloud Reader

Google Cast for Education

GIMP online

Khan Academy

Typing Tutor

Google Classroom

By Dr. Jane D. Steelman

Instructional Technology Services

12 days ago

By Dr. Vanessa Wrenn

Welcome to the Instructional Technology Services Page

Technology Resources
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Mobile Experience

No need to download an app! To view the mobile experience, please shrink your browser window by undocking the browser in order to make it resizable then resize the browser to be the size of an iPad then an iPhone.

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Mobile Navigation

When your browser’s width conforms to a tablet or mobile phone, the menu bar changes to be mobile optimized.

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Login to view additional information on features available to registered users.

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Login to view additional information on features available to registered users.

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By clicking on your name, you find your personal tools including a combined calendar, feed and more.

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By clicking on your name, you find your personal tools including a combined calendar, feed and more.

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Admin Button

This admin button appears wherever you have rights to alter a set of blocks. To add a block, click “Add Block” to see the options.

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SchoolBlocks offers a unique and powerful personalized search system. A member of the public, searching for "homework" might see an announcement from the school as the first result. However, if the user is logged in, they would see their teacher’s latest homework assignment as the top result.