St Pat's prezzo: March 2010


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  • House keeping- Gil? Intro Steph and nigel- background, experience? Before we begin- we view ourselves as enthusiastic amateurs- all of what we say is up for debate- if you would like to correct/question please feel free! 
  • Cloud is a metaphor for the internet-  Cloud computing  is  Internet -based  computing ,  shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like a public utility. It is a  paradigm shift  following the shift from  mainframe  to  client-server  that preceded it in the early '80s. Details are seperated from the users who no longer have need of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them. Important for educators as we are able to focus on our core business of T&L. Reliable as data is backed up and stored on multiple servers.
  • Been a fan of google docs, mail since 2007- continual development and tweaking of products.Not an advert for Google- may seem like it, just that when you use the applications they work mopre smoothly than others I have tried including MS products you pay 100's of $$ for.
  • Can import contacts/share folders from existing docs/mail accounts Postini-  Postini  is an  E-mail  and  Web  security and archiving service owned by  Google  since 2007. It provides  cloud computing  services for filtering  e-mail spam  and  malware  (before it is delivered to a client's  mail server ), offers optional e-mail archiving, and protects client networks from web-borne malware. cost $625 mill!
  • Share folders- eg ICT cluster, students can work collaboratively- can upload any type of  doc although has to be converted to Google doc to edit. Be careful with formatting- eg BoT agenda. Spreadsheets are very uploaded and created, results from forms can feed into  a spreadsheet automatically- great for investigations, parent surveys etc
  • Calendar invaluable as a tool.  Has tasks built in- great tool for keeping track of projects- use alerts, txt, email, good for school events on a cal shared with community and embedded in a website.-Can be subscribed to by staff also. Access wherever you are and everyone you share with can view your schedule.
  • Good if you want to use video with kids but don't want them accessing youtube. Recommends that only staff can upload. Youtube can be a big drain on a schools useage
  • I use for accessing my email when offsite as we operate a Smartnet mail server. Can be set up with Postini to provide spam filtering etc- Watchdog already provide this.
  • Uses Blogger and docs- pre Apps, handout shows how Rob (now Principal of Burnside? has implemented Apps)
  • How do you get Education Apps?
  • St Pat's prezzo: March 2010

    1. 1. Google Apps in Education St Patrick's College, Silverstream  <ul><li>March 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    2. 2. Agenda for Today <ul><ul><li>Welcome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is Cloud Computing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why use Cloud Computing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why use Google Apps? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What is Cloud Computing? <ul><ul><li>Applications traditionally run on PCs, now available on any device with Internet (mobile phone, netbook, PC, ipod etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Web-based services&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Online applications&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Hosted services&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See Cloud computing handout </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Why use Cloud Computing? <ul><ul><li>Applications and data available any time, anywhere by anyone - even on your mobile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tremendous opportunity for collaborative work online in real-time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimal upfront costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save money by using cheap &quot;netbooks&quot; instead of PCs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Latest version always available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Backups handled by someone else </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Why use Google Apps? <ul><ul><li>Free! * (for schools and homes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Already used by many schools in NZ and around the world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google is by far the leader in online applications .... and will use its huge development resources to remain so! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Gears for offline access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>       </li></ul>
    6. 6. What is Google Apps?              Mail (free)                         Docs (free)              Sites (free to 100gb)            Calendar (free)                Contacts (free)                 Postini (free)                                   Video (free to 10gb)           Chat (free)
    7. 7. Google Docs <ul><ul><li>Brilliant suite of office applications - word processing, spreadsheet, online forms and presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on collaboration - multiple users working simultaneously! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to learn, upload to and from, easy to use! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal for students and most staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Store your files online in any format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet down?  Google Gears! Limited at present, coming out 2010. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Google Sites <ul><ul><li>Exciting online web development tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple for students to create their own &quot;point and click&quot; websites .... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows a safe accessible link to learning in classroom. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fantastic for encouraging child speak and reflection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>right up to heavy duty HTML! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include video, gadgets, calendars, images, ..... </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Google Calendar <ul><ul><li>Great time and resource management tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share amongst principal, staff, BoT, ... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate work calendar with personal calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain privacy as required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forget the old diary - use your mobile phone instead! </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Google Video <ul><ul><li>Worried about kids being exposed to inappropriate material on YouTube? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Ring fenced&quot; video library - download approved videos from YouTube, etc and add your own school's videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete control over content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce time wastage and demand on school Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10GB per schools for free </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Google Mail <ul><ul><li>Free hosting and filtering of school mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unlimited number of users, each with massive mailbox (>7GB) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Gmail or your own mail client eg MS Outlook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Migration of legacy mail available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep your school domain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save cost on mail servers! </li></ul></ul>
    12. 13. Q&A Maria Casale  Watchdog Corporation Ltd