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SkyDrive Becomes OneDrive

OneDrive and O365

If you haven’t noticed already, Microsoft’s cloud based storage system, SkyDrive, has been renamed “OneDrive.”  So what does this mean? When logging into Office 365, you’ll notice the OneDrive tab is in the same location as SkyDrive used to be, and the features are exactly the same. The only difference is the name.

If you have already activated your SkyDrive account and synced your district or home computer with SkyDrive, over the next few days you’ll notice the SkyDrive link in your Favorites change to match the new name. If you find that the name in your Favorites remains stuck on SkyDrive Pro or SkyDrive @Lamar Consolidated ISD, as you can see in the screenshots below, don’t worry!  Everything will continue to work. The name will change on its own sometime soon.

Skydrive in Favorites

If you haven’t had a chance to sync Skydrive/OneDrive with your district or home computer – you definitely want to do that!  Syncing the cloud based storage service with your computer allows you easy access to online storage.  So what does THAT mean? Good bye flash drives and hello OneDrive!  Office 365’s OneDrive Pro, provided for you by the district, gives you 20 GB of online storage.  How much is that?  ALOT!!  As a point of comparison, your current H:/ drive is limited to 1/2 GB, so your OneDrive storage capacity is exponentially larger.

Syncing Skydrive/OneDrive with your district AND home computers allows you to easily view and edit any of the documents you’ve saved at school – at home.  No more stressing out at 9 PM that an important file is saved on your flash drive or H:/ drive at school!  To get started you’ll need to log into Office 365 using your district credentials and click on the OneDrive tab to  activate your account.  Then you’ll be able to sync OneDrive to your computer.

You only need to activate your account once, but you will need to go through the syncing process once for every computer you want to have synced.  So for example, you’ll need to go through the syncing process on your district computer, district laptop, as well as your home computer.  Once you’ve synced the computers you use regularly, you’ll be able to drag and drop files into OneDrive, save directly to OneDrive, and work collaboratively by sharing documents with other staff members.

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Are You Talking Where They’re Listening?

In Lamar CISD we encourage educators to “talk” where educational stakeholders are listening. This often involves the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.  Before beginning to use social media to surround your students in a learning network it’s important to consider district policy, as it relates to electronic communication with students and parents.   Naturally, our School Board has a Written Policy for Employee Standards of Conduct (June 2011), but to help clarify LCISD’s Electronic Media Policy even further, the iCafe team has put together a video to help educators make good choices.  Posted below are The Top 8 Guidelines For Acceptable Use of Electronic Media by Educators.  If you’re interested in viewing the FULL VERSION of this video, CLICK HERE.

The Top 8 Guidelines For Acceptable Use of Electronic Media by Educators

The Texas STaR Chart

Moving forward with technology in the classroom is obviously the wave of the future…it’s hard to deny that…but how can we gauge whether our schools are actually moving forward?

One way that the state of Texas reviews the growth of technology in our schools and classrooms is through the use of a simple survey called the Texas Teacher School Technology and Readiness Chart…or the STaR Chart!

Texas STaR Chart

Texas STaR Chart

This online tool ( allows for the state of Texas to assess the use of technology in our schools, and from that, can help disperse funding as it is needed.  All teachers and campus librarians are REQUIRED to take this survey, and from the data they provide, campus administrators complete a survey for their campus, and finally the district provides their results to TEA.

Since this is a survey that you only complete once a year, it can be difficult to remember exactly what you need to do, so to help you out, we have created a few video tutorials walking you through the most common steps of completing the STaR Chart.  The videos answer each of the following three questions:

  • I am new to my campus this year.  How do I get a username for the survey?
  • I forgot my password!  What do I do?!
  • This seems too easy…is this all I really have to do to complete this survey?

So, check out the videos below (press the play button in the middle of each screen to begin)!  Hopefully they will help you walk through this very simple, fairly short survey, that ultimately helps us all reflect on how technology is impacting our schools!

I’m new…how do I get a username and get set up in the survey?

I forgot my password!  What do I do?

Ok…I’m in the survey now…What do I do?


Microsoft Office at Home

Lamar CISD Technology Department is excited to offer the latest Microsoft Office Products (both for PC and Mac) to our employees at a HUGE discount. This program is part of the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) and we would LOVE for you all to take advantage of this offer.

For $9.95 you can purchase the latest version of MS Office Professional for Windows or Mac featuring:  Microsoft Office
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Publisher
  • Outlook
  • Access
  • OneNote
  • SharePoint Workspace
  • InfoPath

Click the button below for  more information on taking advantage of this great program.

Download MS Office

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