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:

https://showmyhomework.co.uk/
Show my homework (if you have a license)
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

Pixton

Pixton is a great free tool for creating comics

Go to http://www.pixton.com/uk/ > login > select Connect with Google > Google will ask you to allow this site

If it is the first time you are logging in you will need to create a pixton screen name, you can do this by selecting “I don't have a pixton screen name” if you haave already created a screen name click on “I already have a pixton screen name”

Paragraph one is excellent.

As is paragraph two.

But three, three will blow your mind.

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

Gallery Styles

Adding images to WordPress posts as a gallery is a great way to display content – the new gallery styles from Jetpack give you even more layout options.

activate_jetpackTo access these options you will need to activate the Jetpack plugin. Once you’ve activated Jetpack you will need to connect it to a WordPress.com account.

Click “Connect to WordPress.com” – this will take you to a login form for you to enter your WordPress.com account details. If you don’t yet have a WordPress.com account, just click the “Need an account” link next to the username field.  (The plugin will guide you through setting an account up but if you have any problems, just email us at support@realsmart.co.uk)

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Fab Friends at BETT

We were really proud to have some fantastic realsmart users demonstrate how they use realsmartcloud in their schools during the BETT Conference and Exhibition this year. Take a look at these videos we snapped of the handsome chaps in action!

 

Kingsmeadow Community School

“…the students have been very much involved in it [realsmart]. This hasn’t been very much a staff centred drive to it,it’s been very much a collaborative affair with staff and students. Effectively the students have driven it for the past year or so through their program [digital leaders]”.

 

St Thomas More Catholic School 

“…certainly our feedback in school is that pupils are going home and using it [realsmart] on any kind of tablet, laptops, phones, whatever it may be…and the integration with Google – the amount of people that have said ‘we’re using Google, what does realsmart add to it?’. You’ll show it to them and they go ‘Oh yeah, I get that, I see how it works’.”.

“…the most important aspect for us is that people can bespoke and use it [realsmart] how they want”.

 

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

“…the emphasis is on teacher – student dialogue and communication… the feedback we’ve had from parents is that it’s brought about more dialogue with them about what their children are doing… it’s lead to some really powerful discussions. It’s [realsmart] enabled us to be more creative with the dialogue we have with students”.

 


Many thanks to;

Andy Sprakes – XP School

Marc Voltaire – XP School

Andy Dolinski – Bosworth Academy

Andrew Strachan – St Thomas More Catholic School

James Simpson – Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

Lewis Thompson – Kingsmeadow School