Google Apps for Education
What is Google Apps for Education?
Google Apps for Education is a suite of applications that incorporates Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Sites, Classroom, etc. It gives both teachers and students the tools to create, share and store their work in the cloud, all the while letting them communicate with each other in an efficient manner.
The main applications used in Google Apps for Education are:
Gmail for receiving mail. Each user in the school receives a school email address
Calendar for organising meetings and events, for example, football matches, examination timetables
Drive is the place where work can be created, shared and stored. It allows students to collaborate with each other on projects.
Sites allow teachers to share information with their students in an efficient manner. Students can also create their own sites to demonstrate their communications skills
Classroom a solution where teachers can issue assignments to their students and where students can hand up their work for assessment by their teacher
Why implement Google Apps for Education at your school?
- All the documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created on the platform. Consequently, there is no need to purchase any Microsoft licences, giving the school a financial saving when computers are being purchased
- As all email communication is carried out via Google’s servers, there are no requirements to have an onsite mail server handling your mail. Again, this should lead to a financial saving in terms of infrastructure maintenance
- As all information created on the platform is stored on Google’s servers, there is no absolute need to have onsite data servers storing your information. Consequently, this will give a financial saving to your school as no servers have to be purchased or maintained
- You can access your work anytime anywhere, all you need is access to an internet enabled computer. Note, Google Apps for Education also has the capabilities to function offline.
Implementing Google Apps for Education at your School
Set up Google Apps for Education for your school
We will create all of the user accounts for Google Apps for Education and make the platform bespoke to your school. We will liaise with the school to determine how school policies should be integrated into the platform, for example, how sharing outside of the school should be handled.
Provide a comprehensive set of training sessions for Google Apps for Education
Not long after the Google Apps for Education platform is up and running, we will engage with key teachers on how to get the most out of the Google Apps for Education platform. There are a number of training sessions covering in detail various features of the main applications that form Google Apps for Education. We appreciate that it can be difficult to release teachers for training sessions during the typical school day, hence, we have tailored each training session to last two classes.
We have prepared a set of Google Sites for both Primary and Post Primary schools which can aid teachers with engaging students in gaining access to information on topics being taught in the classroom. The Sites can be of get benefit to teachers and students in that they can be the one-stop shop for everyone to access information that is being examined in the classroom. Please feel free to contact us for more information on our Google Sites.
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