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Apr 27
Stay Connected With Google Meet!

While zoom seems to have taken the teaching world by storm, g-suite by google has another option for meeting with students over video. Google hangouts became google’s chat feature in 2013. The ability to use video was added with the creation of google meet.

This is typically a paid service, but google has given free access to the service through September 30th, 2020 due to the pandemic. Remote learning right through google has never been easier!

Click "Download" below to find out all about google meet in the latest S3 e-tip volume.

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Apr 16
Helping You Through The S2 Sonos Update

In June 2020, Sonos will release S2, a new app and operating system (OS) that will power the next generation of products and experiences. In addition to new features, usability updates, and more personalization moving forward, Sonos S2 will enable higher resolution audio technologies for music and home theater.

Many of you are currently using S1 products and the new app will not support the advances of S2 products due to their memory and processing power.

What this means for you:  Sonos will still support the S1 app currently connecting to these abovementioned devices, and you can still use older products with the S1 Controller app. The S1 Controller app will receive bug fixes and security patches, but it will not receive future software features.  For those of you using S2 products, you’ll continue to use the traditional Sonos app.

Sonos suggests that you separate your S2 compatible and incompatible products into two separate systems and that products in one system will not be able to group with products with another.

How we can help: Sonos is currently offering an option to upgrade through their Trade Up program and save 30% on a new compatible product.  Please let us know if you’d like more information.

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Apr 8
Rcare’s Rapid Deployment Nurse Call Kit Supports The Frontlines Of Covid-19

Designed for speed and ease-of-use, RCare’s Rapid Deployment Kit installs in only five minutes and offers a reliable, secure, 40-patient nurse call system in a box.

The plug-and-play system is preprogrammed by RCare’s expert technicians and ready for use immediately out of the box. It includes one small touchscreen server, one pendant for each resident or patient (up to 40), and four pagers. Only one internet connection is required, and no landlines are necessary.  Click here for a setup video.

The touchscreen console displays incoming patient calls with an audible tone. Patient beds are outlined with clip-on placards that correspond to patient call buttons, so caregivers know which patients are calling.

RCare’s G4 platform provides best-in-class range to cover even the largest of campuses and deepen building penetration.  

The system can be deployed in only five minutes. Click here the Rapid Deployment Kit Installation and Operations Manual and click here for the Rapid Deployment Nurse Call Kit Installation and Operations Manual (BCube).  Expansion kits are available.  

Rapid Deployment Kit Includes:

• NurseCall Master with Integrated Touchscreen Console

• 40 Pushbutton Pendants (waterproof; reusable if disinfected or disposable)

• 2 G4 Locators

• 40 Clip-on Bed Signs

• 4 Alpha-Numeric Apollo Pagers

• G4 Master Receiver

• Single-Input Serial Page Encoder 5W

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Apr 7
Learn How to Use Screencastify!

Screencastify is a free Google Extension that allows teachers and students to record their video/audio along with whatever is on their screen. This is a great way for teachers to present asynchronous “instruction” and for students to “present” their knowledge to the teacher.

Many of our teachers (and students) aren’t ready or able to jump right to Zoom or Google Hangouts Meet for live distance learning.  S3 is recommending to our partner schools to “walk before you run”!  For the first few weeks of online instruction, encourage the teachers to use the technology they are already comfortable with. There are a plethora of free technology tools available right now.  However, jumping too quickly into too many different types of new tech tools will be overwhelming for the teachers, students, and parents!

If you are a G-Suite for Education school and your teachers are already comfortable with Google Classroom and Google apps, then Screencastify is the perfect tool to arm your teachers with for success. We have recorded a FREE instructional video that will cover more than just how-to-use Screencastify. We will discuss practical ways teachers and students can use Screencastify across the curriculum.

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