Q. Will this change how I log onto a computer at school?
A. Yes. students not only have Google accounts but, in addition, all students will have local network accounts. This means students will no longer log into school computers using a generic student username and password but, instead, will use their own network credentials (exception: students in grades K-4 will be able to utilize generic building logins).
Upon returning to school in August, students will use their username and a default password in order to gain access to the Shaker network. Once the District has received a student's permission form indicating they are allowed to have a Google account, a Shaker Google account will be created. The creation of this account will force students in grades 6-12 to change their password upon their next network log on. This will sync a student's network password with their Google account. From that point, students will log onto the Shaker network and their Google account using the same username and password.
Q. What is my network username?
A. Your Shaker network username will follow the pattern, <first initial><last name>. In the event of duplicate usernames, a numeral is appended to the last name. So, for example, Joe Smith would be 'jsmith' and Jane Smith would be 'jsmith1'.
Q. What is my Google username?
A. Student Google usernames are the same as network usernames with the addition of '@stu.shaker.org' appended to the end. So, for example, Joe Smith would be firstname.lastname@example.org and Jane Smith would be email@example.com.
Q. I have a personal Google account I have been using for some time, do I have to use the Shaker Google account?
A. It is important to separate your online presence between work and personal. The District asks that you use your Shaker account for school work and your personal accounts for correspondence not related to Shaker. This approach is common in business and higher education settings and is in your best interest as a user.
Q. Will I keep my Shaker Google account if I leave the district or graduate?
A. Students exiting the District will be given a one-month time period to migrate data from their Shaker Google account to either a personal Google account or another service. After one month, the exiting student's account will be disabled for an additional month then deleted.
There are two means of exporting your Shaker Google Apps data in order to take it with you.
- Google Takeout: This is a free service built into Google Apps. A tutorial video on how to use Takeout is located here.
- GradGopher: This is a paid service built specifically for taking data with you upon exiting the district. The site can be found here. NOTE: Shaker Heights Schools does not provide support on the use of GradGopher nor does it have any affiliation with the product.
A feature comparison between Takeout and GradGopher can be found by clicking the "GG vs. Free" menu option on the GradGopher site