Software and Services
Much of the power of the technology in use is thanks to the powerful software packages that Overlake provides and utilizes. The following software packages are used by students, faculty, staff, and parents for learning, teaching, communication, and logistical coordination of all things Overlake. Your Owl ID is at the center of accessing these tools.
Your Owl ID is at the center of your access to Overlake services. It is a single username and password that unlocks access to all the services that Overlake provides. Your Owl ID username and password gives you access to Canvas*, Overlake.org and Veracross Portals. Parents have to setup a separate login and password for SchoolDoc and Vidigami, though we are working to integrate more robust Single Sign-on into those platforms. Parents and Guardians can reset their Owl ID access a forgotten username or password here, and Employees and Students can access a forgotten username or password here.
*Note that only parents of students in grades 5-7 can access Canvas as an observer. See the Canvas section below for more information.
What is Canvas?
Canvas is a robust Learning Management System (LMS) utilized by many colleges and universities as well as K-12 schools. To learn more about Canvas visit their website.
What is the role of parents and faculty websites on Canvas?
Two of the primary goals of an Overlake education are to inspire academic excellence and to teach responsibility. As a result, the school has purposefully chosen when it is and is not appropriate for parents to have access to the day-to-day operations of the course. In general, parents of students in grades 8-12 will have no access to Canvas courses. In grades 5-7, parents can access anything that a teacher shares with the entire class, including assignments, pages, calendar events, etc. Parents cannot view grades, student submissions to teachers, discussions, or private messages between a teacher and a student.
How will I know what is being taught in a course?
We have found that parents are most interested in the scope and sequence of topics. Faculty will provide a copy of the syllabus within the first few weeks of class.
What about access to grades?
Parents currently have access to marking period grades and comments through Veracross Portals.
What technology do I need at home to access Canvas?
Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android or any other device with a modern web browser.
Though Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release, we highly recommend that you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers when accessing Canvas. Please also ensure that you are using the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in. Visit the Canvas Support page to find the most current list of supported browsers.
The Overlake School provides Microsoft® Office 365 to all students, faculty, and staff at no cost.
The subscription is free as long as you're an active student enrolled in the school.
Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based set of productivity and collaboration tools that will provide students with anywhere access to email, documents, and calendars. Overlake students will receive the following services as part of the Office 365 upgrade:
- Robust email service with 50 GB of storage, including premium anti-malware and anti-spam capabilities
- Five TB of storage for files in OneDrive (online storage space)
- Free access to the latest web-based version of the Office 365
- Licensing to download the latest version of Microsoft Office 365 on up to five devices including smartphones and tablets (devices must connect to the internet once every 30 days to renew their Office 365 software license)
How to access your Office 365 Account
Go to http://portal.office365.com.
Log on using you Owl-ID@overlake.org and password.
If you want to forward your email to another account? Auto forwarding in Office 365 is easy. Learn how
Veracross is Overlake's School Information System and contains information from student's class schedules to their applications to family contact information to advancement data to communications and accounting. To that end, employees, parents and students use Veracross Portals to access the following information and perform the following tasks:
- Access student schedules
- Update family profile information
- Access student grades, comments and rubrics
- Access directories of students, households and employees
- Access calendars of school events
- Access invoices and payments
Overlake utilizes a comprehensive digital asset management platform called Vidigami to host photos and videos. Launched for the 2017-18 school year and the school's 50th anniversary, vidigami.com is home to tens of thousands of images organized by year, category, tags and even facial recognition. Email Susan Messier, Director of Communications, for more information.