Change Google Display Names for your staff

Did you know that we can change the way your staff display names appear in google.

Are you getting tired of not being able to find the right user to email as there are lots of Mr A Smiths or would you just prefer your staff to be identified in google by their First names-
You can now choose how to display staff members First names.

There are 3 options:

  • Forename
  • Initial
  • Title plus Initial (If you keep Titles in your MIS)- This is the default setting

Just let us know which option your school would prefer?

The screenshot below shows an example of sharing a doc once names have been changed to display forename :

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Adding Google Classroom to your realsmart cloud site

Schools who want to use Google Classroom can easily add the Classroom SSO link to their Staff and Student Apps panel in wordpress-

The school WordPress administrator needs to follow this simple guide to add Google Classroom in your smartPanelhttp://manual.realsmart.co.uk/smartpanel/

Once you’ve done this, contact us to change the way we provision your groups to Google. The short video below shows how classroom groups will work once we’ve provisioned groups to Google Classroom.

Contact us for help setting up your Google Classroom groups

Add SSO links to your realsmart cloud site

Did you know you could add an sso function to your website for gcse pod, I am Learning, Show my homework, education city and many more.

This is a list of SSO links that you could be using:

Show my homework (if you have a license) https://showmyhomework.co.uk/
Education City Contact their support for a custom url
Britannica (if you have a license) http://school.eb.co.uk
ImageQuest (if you have a license) http://quest.eb.com/
Philip Allan Magazines (if you have a license) http://magazinesonline.philipallan.co.uk/archive.aspx
EasyBib https://www-secure.easybib.com/login
Lexia (if you have a license) http://www.lexiastrategies.com
Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/login?continue=/postlogin?continue=/&direct=1
Picasa Web Albums https://picasaweb.google.com/home
Go animate http://goanimate.com/#
Linoit https://linoit.com/session/login?dispLang=en_US
Padlet http://padlet.com/auth/google_oauth2
Pixlr http://pixlr.com/editor/
Pixton http://www.pixton.com/
Codecademy http://www.codecademy.com/auth/google_oauth2
Spicy Nodes http://www.spicynodes.org/access/login.html
Stupeflix http://studio.stupeflix.com/accounts/login/
Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/
Soundation http://soundation.com/studio
i am learning Contact their support to set this up https://iamlearning.co.uk/
GCSE Pod Contact GCSE support for your link http://www.gcsepod.co.uk/home/
My Stickers http://www.mystickers.co.uk/
StudyBlue https://www.studyblue.com/
Quizlet https://quizlet.com/
Gliffy https://www.gliffy.com/

Short Video showing how to add a link to your realsmart cloud site

A few schools have recently contacted us about students sending joke or spam emails to their large email groups e.g. learners@schooldomain.

You can easily create a sending rule that will only affect learners and prevent any future spamming. This short video talks you through the steps.

You’ll need to be a google admin user to access the google admin settings at admin.google.com

This is the example regex used:

^(year–7@testdomain.com|year–8@testdomain.com|year–9@testdomain.com|year-10@testdomain.com|year-11@testdomain.com
|year-12@testdomain.com|year-13@testdomain.com|learners@testdomain.com|mentors@testdomain.com)$

Remember no spaces and groups are separated by a pipe |

Hosting Webpages in Google Drive

We often get asked if there is an easy way to share SCORM content in realsmartcloud, the best option we have found it to host it in Google Drive. In fact you can host lots of stuff in Google Drive e.g Dreamweaver websites, video, whatever?

Just follow these simple steps:

With Drive, you can make web resources — like HTML, CSS, and Javascript files — viewable as a website.

To host a webpage with Drive:

  1. Open Drive at drive.google.com and select a file.
  2. Click the Share button at the top of the page.
  3. Click Advanced in the bottom right corner of the sharing box.
  4. Click Change….
  5. Choose On – Public on the web and click Save.
  6. Before closing the sharing box, copy the document ID from the URL in the field below “Link to share”. The document ID is a string of uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers between slashes in the URL.
  7. Name the root file as index.html
  8. Share the URL that looks like “http://www.googledrive.com/host/[doc id]/” where [doc id] is replaced by the document ID you copied in step 6 – don’t forget the slash!

Anyone can now view your webpage.

Google API Migration

Google have recently emailed all Google Apps administrators to notify them of the discontinuation of the old provisioning API services. This is the service that manages the provisioning of users from your MIS to realsmart and then to Google Apps

We wanted to let you know that realsmart are managing the change of APIs for all the schools we work with and will very soon launch a new provisioning service. The new provisioning APIs allow us to provide a faster, more efficient service and we will keep you updated with improvements to the service.

There is no need for domain administrators to change anything as this will be managed by the realsmart development team. We are currently testing the new API and will be ready to migrate to the new version before the deadline set by Google.

New guide – Adding Calender Feeds

calWe have recently published a new guide on embedding Google Calendar feeds as lists or even as an interactive calendar grid.

One of the limitations of the standard Google Calendar embed is that the links take you directly to the events within Google and your visitors have left your website.

With this plugin you can embed a full interactive calendar on your page or sidebar. There are lots of options so have a play and let us see what you make :)

Click here to read our guide