Google Apps For Education
Our school uses Google Apps for Education. This system, powered by Google, will provide Gmail to our school, as well as a suite of other Google products such as Google Docs and Sites that will enable us to better communicate, share, and collaborate. We will be joining over 8 million other students and teachers that are already using Google Apps at schools in Norway and around the world.
We are excited to offer Google Apps as it represents an important step towards developing a 21st century approach to curriculum and learning. These tools will support the high levels of collaboration that are required in today’s classroom to prepare students with the communication and collaboration skills they are going to need.
What’s included in Google Apps?
- Gmail gives 30 Gigabytes of email storage with extra security provided by Postini. Voice and video chat are also built-in for free computer-to-computer calling.
- Google Calendar lets you create and share school or class calendars and events.
- Google Docs lets you create and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and forms. You can also upload any file to Google Docs and share it with others in side the this.no network. It is a closed domain for students so only those with @this.no emails can share documents, calendars etc.
- Google Sites makes it easy to collect, share, and publish all types of content in a single website through easy embeds of Google Docs, Calendars, videos and other media without HTML.
- Also included are Google Groups for mailing lists, discussion groups, and broad sharing, Google Video for domain-limited video distribution, as well as other tools that can be added on to the domain.
What are the benefits of Google Apps and what’s included?
- Anytime, anywhere access – Google Apps works in any browser on any computer, which means you can access your email, calendars, and documents from school or at home.
- No flash drives required with documents and files stored in Google Docs.
- Students can easily collaborate with students from other classes, buildings, schools, districts or even different countries, working together on group projects, though at the moment sharing is only possible within this.no
- Teachers can be involved throughout the whole assignment process providing comments and feedback directly in the documents.
- Students can develop an e-portfolio of work throughout their years at the school.
- Through websites, calendars, and email, parents can stay informed about the latest activities.
Responsible Use Guidelines
All participants must protect their login and password information. If participants suspect that a password has been compromised, they must notify the teacher immediately. No participant may share his/her login information or information about the site with anyone who is not a participant. This includes adding monitoring software or other means by which outsiders can access the site without permission. Any participant who is aware of violations of this agreement by others must report these violations to the teacher immediately, either verbally or in writing.
Copyrighted material that is not cited in any student work will be deemed as plagiarism and disciplined according to the school academic honesty policy. Student users are strictly prohibited from accessing documents other than their own unless documents have been shared with them. Students are also prohibited from using the Google Chat feature. Trondheim InternationalSchool reserves the right to access the Google system of user accounts when there is suspicion that unacceptable use has occurred. Access to and use of the student’s Google account is considered a privilege. Trondheim International School maintains the right to terminate the access and use of their Google account when there is reason to believe that violations of law or school policies have occurred. The alleged violation will be directed to the principal and addressed according to the procedures outlined in the student handbookTrondheim International School cannot and does not guarantee the security of electronic files used in Google Apps for Education. Google does have a content filter; and the schools utilizes a content (URL filter) filter however, the school cannot ensure that users will not be exposed to unsolicited information.