Here is a summary of links and resources I have shared during Gaggle training for Shelby County Schools.
Getting to SCS Gaggle
The long URL is http://gaggle.net/login/shelby.gaggle.net but you can also get to the same website with any of these three shortened URLs:
Logging In to SCS Gaggle:
Teachers log in with their Active Directory username and password. That is what comes before the @ in your SCS email address and the same password you use for your email.
Students also have Gaggle accounts. Student usernames can be viewed by any teacher from within Gaggle and are made of up the student's first name, last initial, and last four digits of their PowerSchool ID number. Student default passwords are their eight-digit birthday with no dashes or slashes - mmddyyyy.
If you get an error message, confirm you are using the URL above (you cannot simply get to Gaggle via a search engine like Google) and have entered the proper log in information. If you still can't get in, contact me and I can check the school directory in Gaggle.
Other Tips and Information
Tip - Utilize the Gaggle Training Videos and the Live Chat Support. Get answers to Gaggle questions just in time!
Be aware that if you create an assignment in the Assignment Dropbox and copy that assignment to other classes, if you edit the original assignment, the copied assignments DO NOT get the edits. You would need to edit each individual copy of the assignment. Do your best to have the assignment accurately entered before you copy to other classes.
Blogs - Teachers have the ability to use their Gaggle Blog as a teacher website (students do not have this ability). To do so you want to make your blog visible outside of Gaggle. Here is how to adjust your blog's settings if you want it to serve as your teacher website.
Print Labels of Students & Their Gaggle Usernames
Here is a step sheet that shows you how to PRINT your class rosters for your Gaggle classes.
Instead of just printing the list, cutting out slips of paper to give students which they will then lose and not have the next time you take the to a computer lab, you can use this step sheet to go further. It shows you how to take that displayed list and get it into Excel and merge it into a Word document to print labels. You could put those labels on index cards. Now, distribute those index cards when needed and pick them back up. Index cards are easily reusable.