ATLIS Virtual Town Hall Oct. 20, 2021

ATLIS Virtual Town Hall, October 20, 2021

The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) hosted its monthly Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm Eastern. The focus was a conversation for Google users during which attendees brought to the table their questions about Google functionalities for their school, answered questions about recent updates, and shared resources together to improve user experience. 

Lane Young, Director of Educational Technology at Phillips Brooks school in California, brought the idea forward to have a discussion for Google users to share their experiences, and he facilitated the discussion through a series of questions. Starting the conversation by asking the group what new features they have noticed or used, the discussion flowed around the new age-related access settings that have been implemented by Google, Organizational Unit (OU) structures, and using Google Meets versus Zoom, while considering information safety and ease of use for students, parents, and faculty alike. Data privacy was a major topic among the group and participants discussed their experiences and tips and tricks to ensure the security of student information among all of the tools. 

Throughout the lively and interactive discussion, many resources were shared from the benefits of the various paid versions of Google Workspace, how to work with your legal team to ensure information privacy, information backup tools, the idea of having a quarterly “school from home” day to keep students in the practice of virtual learning, plugins and apps through Google to improve the teacher and student experience and more. 

The group enjoyed a platform to have such valuable resource-sharing conversations and it was requested that ATLIS continue to have similar conversations, the next being focused towards Microsoft users. ATLIS sends a special thank you to Lane Young for requesting, then facilitating, an insightful discussion, as well as all other participants who shared their problems and solutions during the town hall meeting.

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