More and more schools are flying solo as they move toward becoming a Google Apps for Education school. If you don't know, Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a suite of free web applications and cloud-based storage that can be accessed from any modern web browser and is tailored for use in K-12 schools. The most popular apps are Google docs, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings. This can replace the Microsoft Office Suite and it's all free. Not only that, it enables students to be able to access their work from any computer and students can work on their documents collaboratively with whomever they choose as long as their teacher gives them permission. Imagine being in school and inviting your parent to help you while you are in class? Imagine having an expert give you feedback on an upcoming presentation. This is all possible when you are a GAFE school.
The other nice thing about going GAFE is that if you set it up right, you never have to worry about reimaging devices. A task that could take up a part time job. The image is connected to the student once they log on.
While GAFE is GRRReat, going GAFE without support can be challenging. Fortunately in districts like New York City no one has to go it alone. That's because they've created a fantastic online resource and community of educators who can support each other, along with the help of some key folks right at Google.
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