I have moved several times as an adult. Each move has started out much the same: I am charged with a burst of energy to reorganize and evaluate all my worldly possessions. I purge and develop a unique color-coded system to organize boxes. I tell myself, “This move will be different! It won’t be stressful!” But life happens, and inevitably as the big day arrives I find myself throwing random items into boxes (those juice glasses don’t need to be wrapped in newspaper, we can just put them in this bin of baby clothes!) and then dumping said boxes into a spare room of my new abode to be dealt with later.

Maybe you have not physically moved recently, but have you embarked on a digital migration or move? Often when moving to a new database or school year, you start off with great organization intentions (just like me). But as reality sets in and timelines rapidly progress, you fall into a similar practice of dumping everything into the database to be organized and evaluated later.

The good news is that Blackbaud’s education management portfolio has several new data imports that can help you feel less overwhelmed when sorting through and organizing your school’s data. Use this robust tool to add large quantities of new, clean data to your system, or to quickly and efficiently update and tidy up data that you are already storing.
Want to learn more about the data import process as well as tips and tricks for working with large data files? Register today for the new Blackbaud University course, K–12 Core: Importing Data.

Good news for Blackbaud Learn® training subscribers! If your school has a Learn More subscription, this class is included. Not a subscriber? Find out how a Learn subscription can help develop efficiency and build skills for every user of your system.

Learn More About Blackbaud's Google And Microsoft Integrations

Blackbaud's Education management products offer a number of important integrations, but did you know that it also has a bunch of Microsoft and Google related options?
While the Blackbaud Education management products are already feature rich, we also open up even more possibilities and functionality through the use of third party integrations. BBEM works with a number of different third party technology and companies like Standard Application Online, learning tools like TurnItIn, and other applications.

Blackbaud even offers its own Integration solutions to connect with other products outside of Education management. Users have plenty of options including Connect Raiser’s Edge, Connect Education Edge, SDK, Single Sign On connectors, and much more.

However, some of our more popular and numerous integrations are with Microsoft and Google. If you want more information on any of them, make sure to click the link which will take you directly to the help page.

Here are all of the ways Blackbaud’s Education management products integrates with Google and Microsoft.

Google Integrations
  • Google Analytics – Free web analytics for a front-end website which tracks page views. This is included automatically with any front-end website managed through Blackbaud’s Education management products. In order to get started, you’ll need to first sign up for Google Analytics through them, then take that information and add the information into the School website product.
  • Google Apps Education Edition – Customizable tools that enable faculty, staff, and students to work together, communicate, and learn more effectively. Apps include Gmail, Docs, Sites, and much more. Click the link for more information on each of the apps and how to set them up effectively.
  • Google Drive for Students – Schools can use Google Drive to provide a way for students to submit files through the Drop Box for assignments. Schools will need o first create a Google Project to manage the authentication process then enable in Core before it can be used.
  • Google Suite Connector – A native connector using Google’s API to improve the Blackbaud Education management user experience when using Google G Suite as an identity provider. This replaces the previous SAML 2.0 connector. This switch was made for a number of reasons include ease of use, improved user experience, and more.
Microsoft Integrations
  • OneRosterOneRoster is a standard set of REST APIs which enable schools to securely and reliably exchange information about rosters and assignment grades between multiple web services. Through it, schools can automatically update third party tools that require roster data. This includes tools like learning management systems (LMS), online curriculum, and textbook providers.

    Why is this important? For one, it eliminates the need for manually exporting and importing data files to keep multiple versions in sync. Therefore, it also reduces the human error factor.
We’ve also compiled a resource page with all of these integrations listed so make sure to bookmark that. Our full list of integrations can be found right here, with links to dedicated topics to show how to set each one up.

That’s going to do it today, but we’re back full throttle after taking the summer off from our weekly blog posts. Make sure to come back next week as we dive in to a recently added feature for Enrollment management. In case you missed it, come back to learn about Student checklists! You won’t want to miss it. See you next time!
Posted by Derek Nichols on Sep 22, 2020 9:00 AM America/New_York

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Integration has become a hot topic in the K12 Community over the last 9 months.  Thank you Derek Nichols‍ for compiling an easy to read data sheet on the options for our members.
  • Posted Tue 22 Sep 2020 10:29 AM EDT
Hope it helps!
  • Posted Tue 22 Sep 2020 01:05 PM EDT