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August 24
Student Email Accounts Grades 9-12 Rollout


With the first week of school we have begun the rollout of student email accounts with the High School students. We will be extending this to other students over the next couple of weeks. The students will be able to use these accounts to communicate with their teachers and others to extend their learning opportunities. Information about these accounts was included in a previous post and access instructions are now available from the links on the front page of eClassrooms.

This is a great resource for our students and teachers to use for collaboration. Encourage your students to take advantage of this resource.

August 17
Login Issues with Internet Explorer

There are a couple of issues with logging in to SharePoint from Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer handles security differently than other browsers (i.e. FireFox) and it may require you to login a bit differently. It also makes a difference if you are in the district or accessing from home.

Accessing from Home

When accessing from home, just try adding AD\ to the front of your username. For example, AD\parkermark is how Mark Parker would login. If that does not work, try the steps below.

Avoiding Multiple Login Prompts

This is a little more complex. You are going to have to add the URL to your Local intranet. Follow these steps:

  • In Internet Explorer click on Tools and then Internet Options (Gear icon, top right of browser in Figure 1)
  • Now Click on the Security Tab
  • Now click the Local intranet icon and then the sites button (figure 2)
  • Now click Advanced and add to the list of websites
  • Click Close, Ok, Ok
  • Now close your browser and reopen to view the site and no login should be required


August 16
Student Accounts and Services

Previous Services


Last year, we offered student email accounts to students that also included SkyDrive and some other features. These accounts were linked to a Live ID from Microsoft. Since that time, Microsoft has changed their offering to schools and that same program is no longer available. Students that received accounts in this system will still be able to access their SkyDrive using the Live ID that we provided them. However, Lake Local Schools can no longer manage these accounts. These are now considered consumer accounts (still free) and are managed by Microsoft.

New Services


The new program starting with the 2012 school year from Microsoft is Office 365 (O365). Accounts in O365 are different than Live ID accounts and do not offer any services beyond what is authorized by the school. At this time, we are going to offer only email services to our students. We will be rolling this out to High School students around the beginning of the school year. This account will be the default account registered for students in all of our data systems and will be considered a primary communication channel.

Students will receive a username and password to access the account. After they login for the first time they will be required to change the password and sign-in a second time using the new password. Passwords must be between 8 and 16 characters long. It is also suggested that a secondary email or phone number be registered with this account so that a student can regain access to this account if they happen to forget the password.

Email accounts for younger students will be made available later in the year as the details become available.

SkyDrive Replacement


In place of SkyDrive we are offering a new service to Lake Local Students called LakeDrive. LakeDrive gives students access to their network home folder (Desktop and Documents) through eClassrooms ( Students can access this by logging in to eClassrooms and clicking My Files in the top toolbar. More information about LakeDrive is available at

UPDATE (8-24-12): High School student access instructions are available now on e-Classrooms.

UPDATE (9/20/2012) - Accounts for 8th Grade Students are now active! Students in Grade 8 are limited to email contact with their teachers and other students in their grade.

October 07
Student Login Procedures

Sample Student: Sue Sample
username = 11samplesue

Username in the district

  • Any browser: use 11samplesue

Username from outside district

  • Internet Explorer 8: use AD\11samplesue
    • Note: this has to be the back slash character (\); a forward slash (/) will not work.
  • Internet Explorer 6: Does not work, Microsoft dropped support for this browser
    • Run updates or install Firefox
  • All other browsers: use 11samplesue
    • This includes Firefox, Chrome, Safari, …

If you still cannot log-in, please use the Report Login Issues form.

September 01
How-to Use RSS and Alerts for Blogs

With the new website, teacher pages are being converted to Teacher Blogs ( One of the best features of blogs is the ability of visitors to subscribe and receive notifications anytime that something on your web-site is added or updated. With our new sites, there are two ways this can happen: Alerts and RSS Feed.


Alerts are a very easy to use. Alerts allow parents to receive notification when your web-site is updated. The downside is that they do require the user to be a member of our site. All students from grade 4 up have accounts, and all Parents will have accounts at some point in the near future, but at the time of this writing these are not yet in place.

To set an Alert, go to the blog you wish to subscribe and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on the Alert Me link as shown in the picture to the right. Make any adjustments to the settings that you wish and click OK when done. At this time, we only have e-mail Alerts avaialble, but we hope to add text alerts in the future.


The benefit of RSS is that you can subscribe to many pages, but only have to go to one source to read them all. You can think of it as a newspaper delivery service. It collects information of your choosing from all over the web and delivers it to one location. RSS is a way for users to receive information from your website without actually visiting your website. Users read content from your site in a RSS reader. This content is automatically delivered to their reader once a connection is established. There are two steps involved in RSS set-up:

  1. Choose a RSS reader
  2. Add a feed to your RSS Reader

There are many different options to use for an RSS reader, but the simplest way is to use your email client as your RSS reader. Clients such as Outlook, Thunderbird, and OS X Mail have built-in RSS capabilities, and generally you just need to click on Add an RSS feed to start using them. Some other options are to use a program or web-service such as Google Reader or Bloglines, both are very easy to set-up and use.

Once you have chosen a Reader, you just need feeds to which to connect. You can get these feeds from the RSS Feed link at the bottom of the page (like in the picture above). If you click that link it will direct you to a page the lists the posts for the blog, copy the URL and go to your Reader. In your Reader, add a new feed and paste the URL from the blog as the source. You should now see posts from the new Blog and you can add additional RSS feeds from there.


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