NBPS April Technology Newsletter

Read about new updates this month!

Create Breakout Rooms In Advance on Google Calendar

Below are directions on how to set up breakout rooms ahead of time using your Google Calendar. You will find a video and directions below on how to utilize this new feature.


* Note: This does not work with Google Classroom links.


For a new meeting

  1. Open Calendar and create a new event.
  2. Click Add Google Meet video conferencing.
  3. Add participants.
  4. Click Change conference settings .
  5. On the left, click Breakout rooms .
  6. Choose the number of breakout rooms, then choose an option:
    • Drag participants into different rooms.
    • Enter names directly into a room.
    • Click Shuffle to mix the groups.
  7. Click Save.

For an existing meeting

  1. Open Calendar and click Edit event .
  2. Under Event Details, click Change conference settings .
  3. On the left, click Breakout rooms .
  4. Choose the number of breakout rooms, then choose an option:
    • Drag participants into different rooms
    • Enter their name directly into a room
    • Click Shuffle to mix the groups
  5. Click Save.
Breakout Rooms In Google Calendar

Hapara Update (Messaging Students)

When you send messages to your students in Hapara, they receive the message on their end. It will appear in a pop-up in the center of the student's screen. However, now messages will stay on students' screens until they click OK or dismiss the message. This will help ensure students read the message and do not click it off the screen by mistake.

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Hapara Current Screens Update

The Hapara platform has recently updated its system to coincide with its new privacy policy. With this update comes changes to the way you see "Current Screens" under the "Highlights" tab in your Hapara platform. If students are in a Google Meet, you will only be able to see a message explaining which Google Meet they are currently in. The message only provides you with the Google Meet code they are utilizing during instruction. When looking at current screens, you now have the ability to quickly see which students have not joined the Google Meet since the Google Meet message will not appear. You can also check to see if students are in the wrong meeting based on the Google Meet code provided. Since this is a new update, it will take a few seconds for the "Current Screens" to adjust to block those images. Please, review the quick video attached about the changes and updates to Hapara. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, thank you.
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Hapara Update 2020-21

How to log into LightSpeed Relay?

In an effort to enhance the district's security and filtering services, the Technology Department has upgraded our website and content filtering system to the most recent version of Lightspeed Relay Rocket. The video below is to show you how to log into our LightSpeed Relay filtering system. Please, do not forget that this should be done daily, to ensure you have access to all the sites needed.


*Note: This is not required if you use a Chromebook.

Log Into LightSpeed Relay

In Case You Missed It: Changing Ownership For A Google Meet

Please, watch the video below to learn how to change ownership to not just a calendar invite, but to the Google Meet link attached. This can help with giving another staff member the host feature, with the blue shield access.
Google Meet: Change Owner

NBPS Software Request Form

Below you can click the button to access our Software Request Form. Many of the staff members across the district are requesting for us to look into new extensions, applications, and subscriptions. Please complete as much information as you can on the form below, in order to be able to process your request efficiently. Thank you in advance from the Technology Department.

Don't Forget To Check Out Our Technology Resources

Our Staff Corner has a Technology Resource page with a menu of different subscriptions that we have access to in our district or recommend to be utilized during virtual or hybrid instruction. When you click on the icons, you will have access to a variety of resources and information pertaining to that particular technology subscription or tool. This can include newsletters, videos, documents, presentations, etc.

This year if you would like to highlight a staff member...

Please email Carla Segarra at carla_segarra@nbpsnj.net, to be considered for our district-wide newsletters. This is a great way to recognize our staff for all the amazing work they do.