Google Technical Collaborative /

Overview:

Through Amplified IT, school districts across North America are joining a collaborative partnership which provides a platform to learn and share the latest updates, technical approaches, challenges and lessons learned surrounding Google for Education and Chrome devices.

The Google for Education Technical Collaborative reflects our common goal of implementing technology in schools in the most responsible and impactful ways. Collaborating together elevates our abilities and leverages our collective weight. Together we can facilitate more value for our schools and most importantly our students and teachers. Amplified IT is eager to facilitate discussions and lead training to drive improvements while the focus of the Collaborative is determined by its members.

Member Benefits /

Monthly Live Stream Events

Online Discussion Community

Member Discounts

Collaborative Contributor /

Regional technical meetups

In select states and provinces the Amplified IT team will lead in person meetups with collaborative members and the Google EDU Team. These are full day meetups where you can immerse your team in focused discussions. We’ll cover deep dive trainings on best practices within the G Suite admin console, and work within the group to discover common challenges or share innovative solutions.

Upcoming Events /

Collaborative — December 2021 Deep Dive: Chrome Management Best Practices

Collaborative — December 2021 Deep Dive: Chrome Management Best Practices

December 2nd, 2021

For Collaborative Members

Collaborative Deep Dive: Chrome Management Best Practices

Chrome Management in the admin console has changed quite a bit over the years and so has schools’ environments and needs. In this session we’ll cover the basics of Chromebook deployment, Chrome User & Browser settings and review tools to help manage devices.

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Collaborative — November 2021 Deep Dive: Google Workspace Plus Best Practices

Collaborative — November 2021 Deep Dive: Google Workspace Plus Best Practices

November 4th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

Collaborative Deep Dive: Google Workspace Plus Best Practices

You have Workspace Plus! But what do you do with it? Is Workspace Plus just more settings you have to configure for your end users? In this session, we'll review the Plus tools that truly help YOU as the admin. We'll also provide tips and tricks to keep you efficient and avoid missteps. Join us to learn the best practice superpowers of the Plus Admin.

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Collaborative Google Updates Stream – October 2021

Collaborative Google Updates Stream – October 2021

October 19th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

October 2021 Google Monthly Updates

The October Updates stream — The stream where Google doubles down on students not being able to unenroll themselves in Classroom, Google Classroom Meets finally get what we've been promised and a new "read-only" Device role is available. Plus you're going to want to check out these Chrome version cycle reminders!

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Collaborative — October 2021 Deep Dive: Admin Console Best Practices

Collaborative — October 2021 Deep Dive: Admin Console Best Practices

October 7th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

Collaborative Deep Dive: Admin Console Best Practices

“Do I have my admin console set up right?” If you’ve never asked yourself that, are you really a Google for Education admin? Most of us are only in the admin console when there’s a problem and then we put a band-aid fix on it, call it good and move onto our next task. In this session we will cover the most common missteps we see in domains and provide a high level review of the key areas to review.

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Collaborative Google Updates Stream – September 2021

Collaborative Google Updates Stream – September 2021

September 21st, 2021

For Collaborative Members

September 2021 Updates: Classroom Audit, End Meeting for all and more

The stream where we end all meetings in our domain, catch kids unenrolling themselves from Classroom and oh yeah, what in the world is up with YouTube after those Sept 1st (age-based setting) changes? We uncover what we think Google's big "game changer" was and get schools thinking about how they will now set up the YouTube environment.

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Virginia Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

Virginia Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

September 16th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

This is a 9am-2pm virtual event for local k-12 Google Schools in the Amplified IT Collaborative. You must have a Contributor seat to attend this event (additional cost from the NAGTC membership). Typically, they are held in-person but during COVID they will be held virtually.

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Alberta Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

Alberta Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

September 15th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

This is a 9am-2pm virtual event for local k-12 Google Schools in the Amplified IT Collaborative. You must have a Contributor seat to attend this event (additional cost from the NAGTC membership). Typically, they are held in-person but during COVID they will be held virtually.

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California Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

California Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

September 14th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

This is a 9am-2pm virtual event for local k-12 Google Schools in the Amplified IT Collaborative. You must have a Contributor seat to attend this event (additional cost from the NAGTC membership). Typically, they are held in-person but during COVID they will be held virtually.

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Illinois Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

Illinois Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

September 8th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

This is a 9am-2pm virtual event for local k-12 Google Schools in the Amplified IT Collaborative. You must have a Contributor seat to attend this event (additional cost from the NAGTC membership). Typically, they are held in-person but during COVID they will be held virtually.

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Collaborative — September 2021 Deep Dive: Summer Update Jams

Collaborative — September 2021 Deep Dive: Summer Update Jams

September 2nd, 2021

For Collaborative Members

Collaborative Deep Dive: Summer Update Jams

In this session, we rewind the Google updates from Summer and review the most important changes. On vacation? Have other projects? Staff turnover? Grab a chair, settle in, and let’s all review and reflect as a group so we can start off the school year feeling confident about Google & Chrome updates.

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Texas Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

Texas Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

September 1st, 2021

For Collaborative Members

This is a 9am-2pm virtual event for local k-12 Google Schools in the Amplified IT Collaborative. You must have a Contributor seat to attend this event (additional cost from the NAGTC membership). Typically, they are held in-person but during COVID they will be held virtually.

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Collaborative Bonus Stream: Age-Based Setting Impact

Collaborative Bonus Stream: Age-Based Setting Impact

August 26th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

Collaborative Bonus Stream: Age-Based Setting Impact

This is an additional monthly live stream for Collaborative members. We will be providing another opportunity to discuss the new Age-Based Setting and the impact it will bring on September 1st. All Google Admins need to configure this setting to avoid service disruption on September 1st. An overview of the setting, configuration, impact, and Q & A will be discussed in this 30-minute stream.

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Ontario Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

Ontario Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

August 24th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

This is a 9am-2pm virtual event for local k-12 Google Schools in the Amplified IT Collaborative. You must have a Contributor seat to attend this event (additional cost from the NAGTC membership). Typically, they are held in-person but during COVID they will be held virtually.

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Minnesota Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

Minnesota Google Technical Collaborative Meetup – Summer 2021

August 19th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

This is a 9am-2pm virtual event for local k-12 Google Schools in the Amplified IT Collaborative. You must have a Contributor seat to attend this event (additional cost from the NAGTC membership). Typically, they are held in-person but during COVID they will be held virtually.

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Collaborative Google Updates Stream – August 2021

Collaborative Google Updates Stream – August 2021

August 17th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

August 2021 Updates: SSO Profiles, Chrome v92 & Co-Hosts

The stream where Andrea orders pizza, we review our Collaborative benefits, get a reminder about important upcoming deadlines and we see the Chrome web store giving us an app approval feature - but is it too late to use? All that and more on this month's Google Updates stream!

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Collaborative — August 2021 Deep Dive: Vault

Collaborative — August 2021 Deep Dive: Vault

August 5th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

Collaborative Deep Dive: Diving into Vault

This month we focus on Google Vault. Sure, Vault isn't new but when is the last time you really dove into it? We've got a new interface, more retention policy options, and more services are covered. Are you following best practices? Do you even know your retention policy? Should we look into actually setting a retention policy with the account storage changes coming next summer? Let's discuss this all on the August Deep Dive!

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Collaborative Stream – Explore Classroom syncing options with Clever and Little SIS Premium

Collaborative Stream – Explore Classroom syncing options with Clever and Little SIS Premium

August 4th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

NAGTC: Explore Classroom syncing options with Clever and Little SIS Premium

Join our Onboarding team to learn more about Google’s Clever sync for Workspace Plus, how it works and how it compares to Little SIS Premium’s Classroom sync and admin features.

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NAGTC – Security update for Google Drive & Age-based setting

NAGTC – Security update for Google Drive & Age-based setting

July 26th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

Additional Stream: Security update for Google Drive & Age-based setting

We are adding an additional live stream on July 26th (2pm EST) to support members with the Google Drive Security Update change and the Age-based setting.

Security Update 2:15 - 18:50
Q & A 18:50 - 29:00
Age-based setting 29:00 - 37:40
Q & A 37:40 - 53:42

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Collaborative Google Updates Stream – July 2021

Collaborative Google Updates Stream – July 2021

July 20th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

July 2021 Updates: Link sharing, Age-based setting, the Anywhere School Recap

The stream where we finally get some answers and insight into the Link Sharing Security Update. And, did you miss the Anywhere School Event? No worries, we recap those updates and timelines too. And did you catch that security keynote during that event? Or maybe you remember getting an email from Google about the new Age-based Setting? This is super important and admins must take an action to ensure staff don't come at you with pitchforks after Sept 1st. And Clippy makes an appearance? Watch it all on our July Google Updates stream!

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Collaborative — July 2021 Deep Dive: The Life cycle of a Perfect Google Classroom Experience

Collaborative — July 2021 Deep Dive: The Life cycle of a Perfect Google Classroom Experience

June 30th, 2021

For Collaborative Members

Collaborative Deep Dive: Amplified IT’s Life Cycle of a Perfect Google Classroom Experience

If you could “have it your way” and create the perfect Google Classroom experience for your organization, what would it look like? Auto-provisioning? Key insights available currently not available Google Admin console? From creating a seamless Google Classroom experience for your teachers to clean up after the school year ends- come see start to finish how you can make the 21-22 school year the best yet. We will take a look at Classroom updates for Google Workspace, the roadmap, and get a demo of Little SIS Premium, launching this summer.

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