Transfer and download your Google Apps data before you leave

We are nearing the end of the school year and must say goodbye to graduating seniors, as well as teachers moving on to other opportunities or retiring. Your Google Apps accounts will be disabled on your last day or school or employment.

Let's assume you are over the emotions involved in all this and now need to know, "How can I bring all my documents, messages and other data in Google Apps with me before this happens?"

To transfer your documents...

Google Takeout is a tool that let's you download a copy of almost all your Google Apps data on the web. You can also choose to just download the data you need, such as Drive and YouTube.

It downloads all of your online stuff as one LARGE file, depending on how many things you have uploaded to the cloud. You can use that downloaded folder to transfer (upload) your data and information to another school or personal Google Account in the future.

Google's Data Liberation site dataliberation.org provides additional information to help save/move your Google Apps data upon leaving a school district.

The most simple way to transfer your Google Drive documents to a new account is to put all of your documents in one folder, share that folder with your personal Google account, and then Make a copy of that folder in your personal account. You cannot transfer ownership from a document out of a Google Apps district, only SHARE and then Make a copy. 
Google Takeout does not download your Gmail messages. If you want to download your messages, use Gmail's Mail Fetcher to migrate and old and new messages from your Google Apps account into a personal Gmail account.

Other options... 

First, take a look at this post from Miguel Guhlin's blog on transferring email from Google Apps to personal Gmail.

Second option, the Google Apps Migrator from Backupify (3rd Party Website). It is a free tool that should let you transfer your entire Google Apps account to another Google Apps account all at once - Backupify is currently working on making this available to transfer all your data OUT of a Google Apps account to and Personal Google account, so if it does not work for you just yet, try it the next time you need a tool.


Check out this LifeHacker article for another set of directions for downloading all of your Google Apps data to transfer to another account.

Screenshot of downloading just Drive data using Google Takeout 


Educational Leadership for Innovation

We talk a lot about the changing culture of teaching in the "digital-age" by talking about the skills necessary for our students to be successful in the 21st Century. A focus on student-centered learning, providing student voice and choice, or organizing lessons for students to solve real-life problems are topics of conversation I often find myself a part of in and outside of our school district.

What about the changing role of school leaders in this shift?

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)  developed standards to help principals and administrators focus on new and innovative instruction within the school system as a whole. The conversation isn't always about technology, yet more about supporting, modeling and visioning the possibilities for the future of instruction. While we can't ignore the words TECHNOLOGY and EDUCATION in the organization's name without acknowledging a little bit of bias, take a look at the framework. Do the leadership skills align with the instruction and learning you want to see in your school? What can you do as a leader (input) to model and support the learning environment you want your students (output) to have?

Check out the ISTE Standards for Administrators here.