Google Apps for Education
Google is currently offering schools a hosted solution for their email, calendar, and chat through Google Apps for Education, our integrated communication and collaboration solution. Additionally, you can complement the core suite to meet your users' needs, with access to dozens more Google applications.
Core Google Apps for Education suite includes:
- Gmail: Email storage and search tools that help your students find information fast and instant messaging from right inside their accounts.
- Google Calendar: Students can organize their schedules and share events and calendars with others.
- Google Talk: Students can call or send instant messages to their contacts for free anytime, anywhere in the world.
- Google Docs: Share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Collaborate in real-time with your team or with your whole school. You can publish final documents to the entire world, too.
- Google Sites: Work together to keep related documents, web content and other information in one place, on one site.
- Google Video for education: A video hosting and sharing solution that enables schools and other organizations to use video as an effective medium for internal communication and collaboration.
Google Apps for Education is free. We plan to keep the core offering of Google Apps for Education free. This includes user accounts for future incoming students. As you may know, Google was founded by a research project at Stanford University, and this is just one way we can give back to the educational community.
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As a teacher, I find Google Apps for School a collection of very useful tools. It is a complete education suite that includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talks, Google Docs, Google Sites and Google Video for Communication. The personalized mail service can help build the school reputation. Calendar can be used by teachers to mark the various annual events and even their personal schedule. Google Docs is a great way to share documents with colleagues. Google Talk can be used by students to communicate with others while working on the same project. This entire collection of apps is offered for free by Google. As an online and school teacher, I would recommend Google Apps for School, not only to schools but also to all education service providers.
Google Apps for Schools is a useful tool for teachers and schools. The email (Gmail) is personalized to your own school name so that when you send an email you are carrying the school company seal. There is also Google Docs where it is easy to share documents / spreadsheets only to users you want to be able to view them. You can also lock these spreadsheets so that others can only view them and not make any edits. The only problem I had with Google Docs is sometimes data is lost over time, so remember to save your data frequently on your desktop especially if it's important and hard to recover data.