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Welcome Sharif 

Mr. Jerry Scott, President of QSI, and Mr. Kevin Gilson, Director of Technology, are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Sharif Bazarov, the New QSI Tech Support and Office 365 Specialist.  Mr. Bazarov will be working directly with the QSI IT Department from Astana, Kazakhstan for the 2021-22 school year. Mrs. Jane Oliynyk will continue to work with the IT Department during this transition time. Please make sure you send any IT issues and 365 issue to the email address. Below is a personal message from Sharif:


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Hello, from the Bazarov (the Sunshine) Family!  

My name is Sharif Bazarov, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the QSI family for another opportunity to serve others and to grow professionally in my new position as QSI Technical Support and Office 365 Specialist. 

I am the proud husband of Shakhnoza, an accomplished administrative professional, and I have two awesome children, Sherzod and Shon. Shon has Down Syndrome and has made our family even more amazing. He is our joy and the heart and soul of who we are. Sherzod is enjoying his life as a student at AIS as a member of our 10-year-old class.  

In 2008, I earned my Master’s degree in International Relations and recently completed a second Masters in Computer Science.  

I began my career with QSI in my home country, Tajikistan, as the IT Coordinator and Technology Teacher in 2010. In 2020, I relocated to Astana as the IT Coordinator and as a Tech teacher. In addition to my school-level responsibilities, I am the Technology Educator and a member of the QSI-IT Leadership Team (KAZ, AST, ATR, TKM, TJK, KGZ, AZB, ARM).  

Although I love to serve others professionally and to teach, I am a passionate and lifelong learner. I am very thankful for the opportunities I have had to be mentored by so many talented and caring QSI teachers, administrators, and colleagues. I look forward to growing together with my new team at QSI Headquarters.  

I am looking forward to meeting everyone and a successful academic year ahead.



By David Becker
EdTech Coordinator 


Up, Up and Away: Keeping up with Your OneDrive Grounded

Microsoft 365 provides all users, both staff and students, access to a wide range of productivity tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneDrive. Of course, this is just a small portion of the applications each user has access to within Microsoft 365. 

As Microsoft states, “Welcome to Office. Your place to create, communicate, collaborate, and get great work done.” These tools allow us to work, communicate, and collaborate in new ways. We are no longer tied to one device to get work done. We can work from anywhere, at any time, on any device. With new ways of working, there are new ways of thinking about how we communicate and collaborate with others.

The biggest benefit of using a cloud-based storage solution is access to your files anywhere, on any device. The second benefit is the added ability to share and collaborate with others in real-time. While having easy access to share and collaborate with others is a great way to increase work efficiency, we need to think about security and privacy when we share files with others. Without understanding how files are shared within Microsoft 365, you may unwillingly attach a file to an email that becomes searchable by everyone within the whole QSI organization, including students. 

For example, using OneDrive, Outlook, or Teams for our storage and communication tools requires us to think about who should have access to a file. Before sending an email attachment, posting a file to a Team, or sending a link to others, ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Is there personally identifiable information about others within this item?
  2. Who is the intended audience for this item?
  3. Is there information that I do not want students to see?

When asking yourself questions about who should be able to access an item, think about which level of access you want to provide. There are many levels of access to items stored within Microsoft 365. The best practice when sharing is to send to a specific audience. There are times though when sharing files need to go to a broader audience and Microsoft 365 provides solutions for a range of sharing scenarios. Here is a quick overview of the different sharing options:

  1. Private – Items that you upload or create within OneDrive are automatically private to only yourself unless you have already shared a folder and added items to a specific folder. Those items will take on the same permissions as the parent folder. The only way for others to access private files within your OneDrive would be to sign in as you.
  2. Anyone with the link can view – Any item within OneDrive that has link-sharing turned on defaults to anyone with the link can view. This option is good when needing others outside of QSI to access an item or wanting others to have quick access to view your items without a login. This option is good for sending an item to parents or posting it on the school website. This option also allows any user within QSI, including students, the ability to search for items within their own OneDrive and gain view access to the shared item. Users outside of QSI would require the link to view your item.
  3. Anyone with the link can edit – For this option, you can send users a link to an item that gives them edit access. By doing this, anyone that has access to the item can edit without needing a login. This option allows users inside and outside of QSI to edit the item in question. This option also allows all users within QSI, including students, the ability to search for the item and edit.
  4. People within the QSI organization can view – The second option when turning on link sharing is still a public link, but public only to users within the QSI organization. This is a good option for internally sharing items that you do not want the general public to see. If a user outside of the organization gains access to the link, they will be prompted to log in with a account. This option also opens the item in question to being searched within OneDrive by all users within QSI.
  5. People within the QSI organization can edit – This option has the same abilities as anyone can view within QSI with the added option for users within QSI to edit the item you have shared. 
  6. Specific people – The most secure way to share items from OneDrive is to give people direct access. When you give users direct access, you allow those that you have shared the item with, the ability to view or edit only. This option blocks others from sharing the item with anyone else. This option does not make the file searchable by anyone within QSI. 

Posted on the Education Technology website you will find videos and how-to documents that go over different aspects of sharing, including how to manage files that you have already shared. Click here to access the information: OneDrive

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email or chat on Teams:  

The Education Technology division is here to support you. You can find support and resources by visiting QSI Education Technology  or by joining the EdTech Resources and Support Microsoft Team. You can also send in a support request by visiting Ed Tech Support Request.