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what are google apps
What are Google Apps?
  • A broad IT solution that schools can use to bring communication and collaboration tools to the entire academic community for free. Google manages all the technology details, so you can focus your time, energy and budgets on teaching your kids.

top ten reasons why to use google apps for education reasons 1 5
Top Ten Reasons Why To Use Google Apps For Education Reasons 1-5

1.Students will love you for it: Schools tells us that when they ask their students what email they'd prefer, they overwhelmingly say Gmail.

2. Free up your IT: Focus your IT on activities that add value instead of worrying about the uptime of your email services.

3. Easy to deploy: No software to install, no hardware to buy, just validate your MX records and create your accounts to get started.

4. Save money: Outsourcing the maintenance of servers to Google frees up resources that would have been spent on additional licenses and upgrades

5. You're not alone: Thousands of Universities are using Google Apps and are happy to talk about it.

reasons 6 10
Reasons 6-10!

6. Google protects your privacy: Our business is built on our users' trust: trust in our ability to properly secure your data and our commitment to respect the privacy of the information you place in our systems by not giving that information to others or using it inappropriately

7. Security as powerful as... well, Google: The security that is provided to Google Apps customers is the same security that we rely on to protect

8. Innovation in real-time: What better way to prepare your students for the newest technology in the workplace, than by giving it to them as a part of their education?

9. Collaborate Globally: Google Docs, our word processing application, doesn't just give you access to the same document, it actually allow students to work on the same document at the same time from anywhere in the world.

10. We've got your back: Need help? We're here to help you when you need it either through our Help Center, our education customer group, or directly through the phone and email contact information provided in your administrator dashboard.

  • Email, IM, voice and video chat
  • Keep your school spirit (and domain)-Customize Gmail with your school's logo, colors, and domain name.
  • Anytime, anywhere access to your email -Gmail is securely powered by the web, so students and faculty can be productive at home, on the road, or on their mobile devices.
  • Get less spam-Gmail's acclaimed spam and virus filtering helps users stay focused on what's important.
  • A safer email environment -Google Apps administrators (particularly in K-12) can specify who users can communicate with over email.

google calendar
Google Calendar
  • Easily schedule appointments -Overlay multiple calendars to see when people are available. Google Calendar sends invitations and manages RSVPs.
  • Integrated with your school's email-Google Calendar is integrated into Gmail and interoperable with popular calendar applications.
  • Share with classes, teams, and clubs-Calendars can be shared school-wide or with select colleagues. A range of sharing permission controls help maintain security and privacy.
  • Publish calendars for students, parents, and supporters -Publicize big school events by publishing an events calendar for all to see. Easily embed calendars into web pages.

google docs
Google Docs
  • Classroom collaboration, without the fuss -Students and teachers can open and edit their documents quickly. No more distractions like USB keys, outdated file attachments, or confusing client software.
  • Secure access controls -Administrators can manage file sharing permissions system-wide, and document owners can share and revoke file access at any time.
  • Anytime, anywhere access-Google Docs lets users be productive at school, at home, and even on their mobile phones. Because Google Docs runs in a web browser, students can work from almost any family computer without having to purchase new software
  • Easily upload and share files-Google Docs works on PC, Mac, and Linux computers, and supports popular formats such as .doc, .xls, .ppt, and .pdf. Files stored on Google Docs are always accessible and backed-up online.
  • Smarter commenting, better feedback -Google Docs' intuitive commenting feature is ideal for instructor and collaborator feedback. Revision history allows users to review (and revert) document edits over time.

google groups
Google Groups
  • Fast setup -Allow instructors and student groups to create and manage their own small groups and lists without burdening IT.
  • Easy, safe sharing -Users can share docs, calendars, sites, shared folders and videos with a group instead of individuals, while administrators can keep control of group membership.
  • Less clutter and noise-Customizable subscription settings let users receive mailing list discussions as a digest, or by browsing the web.
  • Searchable archives -Group members can access and search archives of mail sent to their lists to efficiently find topics of interest.
  • Reply on behalf of a group -Groups can serve as a central point to receive and respond to communications, and members can reply on behalf of the group.

google sites
Google Sites
  • System and site-level security controls- Administrators can manage site sharing permissions across the school, and authors can share and revoke file access at any time.
  • Simple, but powerful-Creating a web page is as easy as writing a document. Embed documents, presentations, and video and more to develop impressive, interactive web sites.
  • Anytime, anywhere access-Google Sites is securely powered by the web, so you can access your sites from school, from home, and even on your mobile phone.
  • Works across operating systems -Google Sites works in the browser on PC, Mac and Linux computers. Teachers, students, and parents don't need buy or download software.

a technology platform s chools c an trust
A Technology Platform Schools Can Trust
  • The Google Apps Terms of Service contractually ensures that your institution (or students, faculty, and staff) are the owners of their data.
  • We offer Google Apps for Education to schools for free. It's also completely ad-free -- which means your school's content is not processed by Google's advertising systems.
  • It's your content, not ours. Your Apps content belongs to your school, or individual users at your school. Not Google.
  • We don't share your content. Google does not share personal information with advertisers or other 3rd parties without your consent.
  • We sometimes scan content. And for very good reasons, like spam filtering, anti-virus protection, or malware detection
  • Google employs a full-time information security team including some of the world's foremost experts in information, application, and network security
  • Additional security and privacy features can also be found in the Apps products themselves, such as Gmail's exceptional spam and virus filters

innovative tools for the connected classroom
Innovative tools for the connected classroom

Free – Google Apps is free (and advertising-free) for students, faculty, and staff at qualifying educational institutions.

Secure – SSAE 16 Type II audited. Your data is private and secure, with 99.9% uptime and best in class disaster recovery at no charge.

Anytime, Anywhere– Since it's all browser-based, it's easy for teachers and students to work from any computer, without purchasing expensive software.

Protected – Define email filters to limit messages within your school domain and configure your sites and documents for school-only sharing.

Collaborative– Increase classroom engagement and assessment with real-time collaboration tools.

monash university
Monash University

Higher Education – Melbourne, Australia

“As an international University we're looking for ways to enhance the student experience and to promote collaborative learning, supported by sound research. Google Apps helps us to do this in an engaging and exciting way.”

– Ian Tebbett, Chief Information Officer

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