Thursday, June 23, 2016

Google Apps Update: The Google Sites Overhaul!

Google Sites has been in need of a major overhaul over the past few years.  It has not been a priority to update this app in the past, however, recently, Google has made many changes to the Sites app that are impressive.  It has a consistent "feeling" as many of the other apps which I like a lot.

With the new Google Sites, you can build beautiful, functional pages to aggregate and distribute content across your enterprise, optimized for every screen. A new intuitive drag-and-drop design experience supports real-time collaboration by multiple editors, just like in Docs, and offers easy access to all your content from Calendar, Docs, Drive, Maps and more. The new Sites also includes themes and layouts designed to scale and flex to any screen size, so they’re as useful when you access them on the 30-inch monitor at your desk or your smartphone on your commute.

Here is a short video demonstrating the new version of Google Sites.

Additional information for Apps administrators*:

  • The classic version of Google Sites will remain fully functional for at least one year.
  • In the future, we will provide options for moving content from classic Google Sites.

*These details were not included in the version of this post published on the Google for Work Blog. 

Ready for early adopters

We’ve been previewing Google Springboard and the new Google Sites with a small set of customers, and we’re excited to begin to extend each of these new apps to more customers through an Early Adopter Program. If you’re the admin of a company that runs on Google Apps for Work you can express your interest in the Google Springboard Early Adopter Program or the Google Sites Early Adopter Program. We have a lot more in store for both Google Springboard and Google Sites, and we’re excited to help you start to take back the time you spend searching for and gathering information.2

Another blog that has more information about this update is from Eric Curts, The Totally New Google Sites post.

In conclusion, I am fortunate enough to have been selected as an early adopter for my GAFE domain.  I will be experimenting with the Sites app this summer in preparation for the new school year in September.  I am looking forward to learning and using the new Google Sites.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Graduation Dedication to my Son!

A dedication to my son, Kyle Mattina.  

Well, I am full of emotions!  My youngest son is graduating from High School this week and I am so proud of him! 

Words of Wisdom:  As you finish your high school career and move forward to the next chapter of your life, remember this, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO!  Always apply yourself and try and you will find success!  Even if you fail, always reflect and learn from your mistakes, move forward and never give up!  Life is not easy, but hard work will always pay off! Surround yourself with positive people who will bring the best out of you because that is what you deserve, only the BEST!  

Being a student athlete for your entire high school career has given us so many wonderful memories and proud moments that we will cherish forever.  In addition, to the Lip Sync, (My Humps by the Black Eye Peas), the fashion show, Mr. Pinelands, proms, dances, awards, injuries and so much more.  All of these experiences has made you the person you are, which is priceless!   Anyone who slides head first into home plate because they don't want to miss the opportunity is a true leader and a confident person!


Just know that moving forward to the next chapter of your life, your family will always be there for you!  Always be true to yourself, stand out of the crowd, think outside of the box, reach for the stars, and always have a kind heart!  I know you can do anything you put your mind to! We love you Kyle!

"Don’t be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self."  ~Ed Helms to Knox College in 2013