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Google Apps for Education

Technology affects learning, careers, government, and society. As such, our children need to be prepared. They need to know why and how to use technology in ways that are safe, healthy, ethical, legal, and helpful to their minds. Bulloch County Schools is committed to helping all students learn how to wisely use digital resources and technology to become responsible citizens for college and careers.

 

To make this happen Bulloch County Schools is focusing on two key skills enhanced with technology: safe, healthy, ethical, legal communication and collaboration with others. Each school is using Google Apps for Education for student learning and collaboration. school year. If parents/guardians do not wish for their children to have access to the free safe, healthy, ethical, legal communication and collaboration tools and resources provided by Google Apps for Education, they may contact their school to complete a Google Apps for Education Opt Out form.

 

What is Google Apps for Education?

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a series of FREE tools, resources, and services offered to schools, universities and non-profit organizations. Google Apps for Education includes the following:

  • safe and legal Gmail webmail services with 7.5+ Gigabytes of email storage and no advertising

  • Google Docs for online documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and sharing

  • Google Sites for team website creation with videos, images, gadgets and document integration

  • Google Calendar for shared calendaring

http://tinyurl.com/gafebenefits

http://tinyurl.com/gafetools

 

Are Other Schools Using Google Apps?

Yes. More than 10 million students and teachers currently use Google Apps to improve learning.

http://tinyurl.com/gafestories

 

How Safe is Google Apps for Education for Your child?

Google Apps for Education is very safe. Why? Google Apps is certified by the Federal General Services Administration as meeting their stringent cyber-security requirements, and Google's spam filtering, intrusion prevention, and backup solutions are all industry standard. In addition, there are no advertisements. We have the ability to modify or add additional custom protections as deemed necessary by the district Google Apps Committee.

http://tinyurl.com/gafesecurity

 

How Can Parents Be Involved?

Although we do not provide Parent View accounts, we encourage you to explore Google Apps for Education with your child. Have your child share the account information with you and login together from any internet-enabled device (computer, iPad, tablet, smartphone, etc…). A list of frequently asked questions about the benefits of using Google Apps for Education is available on our school’s and Bulloch County Schools’ websites.

http://tinyurl.com/gafebenefits

http://www.bulloch.k12.ga.us/googleapps

 

Can Parents Opt Out of Google Apps for Education?

A strong partnership with families is essential to a successful learning experience. We value that partnership.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Google Apps for Education?

Google Apps for Education is a series of FREE tools, resources, and services offered to schools, universities and non-profit organizations.

 

What Does Google Apps for Education bring to learning?

Google Apps for Education includes the following tools that enhance instruction and learning:

  • safe and legal Gmail webmail services

  • absolutely no advertising

  • 7.5+ Gigabytes of email storage

  • Google Docs for online documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and sharing

  • Google Sites for team website creation with videos, images, gadgets and document integration

  • a means of better time and project management (shared calendaring) through Google Calendar

 

How will Google Apps for Education improve instruction and learning?

Imagine a school where students never lose their work. How? When teachers and pupils use Google Apps the work they do is automatically saved. Our users have easy access to their documents, spreadsheets, and presentations within Google Docs. Teachers can see when students began their work, how they changed it over time, and document the feedback and advice they share with learners. In addition, students have additional storage for other files they may need to use between home and school.

How much is Bulloch County Schools paying for Google Apps for Education?

Google Apps for Education is free. Money saved using Google Apps for Education can be allocated to other necessary services and resources.

 

What if I don’t have a computer? How is my child going to get to use Google Apps for Education?

The use of Bulloch County Schools (BCS) Google Apps for Education is part of the instructional program and students have opportunities to work in their BCS Google Apps account during the school day.  Because BCS Google Apps for Education is safe and web-based, it can be accessed from the Statesboro Regional Public Library or other places where computers and safe internet-access are available.

Should I get my child their own computer?

The use of BCS Google Apps for Education does not require students to have their own computer or any other personal device. That is an individual family decision.

How will my child access BCS Google Apps for Education?

With teacher guidance, students must first activate their Google Apps for Education account and set their password from a computer at school. Once the student has an active account, they may login as follows:

  • Go to http://www.google.com  and log in using his or her full Google Apps for Education email address (username@bullochschools.org) and password.

 

Does my child need to use a specific browser?

Google Chrome is the recommended browser for Google Apps for Education; however it will work with Mozilla and Internet Explorer.

 

Will my child be required to access Google Apps for Education at home?

The instructional use of BCS Google Apps for Education is optional, with decisions about Google Apps for Education in the classroom often made at the school level by teachers. Since GAFE is accessible from any device with access to the Internet, your child does have the opportunity to log in to his or her BCS Google Apps account from home to access their information or work on their documents, and collaborate on shared documents with other students and/or their teacher.

 

Why can’t my elementary child e-mail me with this account?

BCS Google Apps for students in grades 2-5  is a “closed” environment.  It is not being used or available for pre-kindergarten through first-grade classes. It will not allow students to send or receive email outside of the BCS Google Apps domain.  You will not be able to email your student at his or her bullochschools.org address, nor will students be able to email you. This is the initial rollout recommendation from our Google Apps Committee.

 

Do these apps work on an iPad or other tablet?

Google Apps documents may be edited using a mobile browser.

 

Can parents use BCS Google Apps for Education?

Currently, only BCS employees and BCS students have access BCS Google Apps for Education.

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Contacts

Jeff Giddens
Instructional Technology Specialist
912.212-8552
jgiddens@bullochschools.org