Google Apps for Education Pilot Site

Note to HCPSS Staff:  Click here for the new HCPSS Staff Resource Site https://sites.google.com/a/hcpss.me/gafe/main-screen

Google Apps for Education (GAFE), a safe and secure collaborative environment, is currently being piloted by staff and students in six HCPSS schools. The Office of Instructional Technology and eLearning are gathering information from the pilot to inform the planning on a district wide roll-out during the 2012-2013 school year.  After June 1st, the results of the spring pilot will be reviewed.  Based on the pilot results, a decision will be made about implementing GAFE to all students and staff during the 2012-2013 school year.

The HCPSS GAFE provides all students and staff a safe and secure collaborative environment to promote anytime, anywhere learning. 

GAFE promotes collaboration by allowing users to:  
•    Peer edit written works
•    Create group projects simultaneously
•    Share presentations
•    Comment on other users’ works
•    Gather data
•    Share calendar events



Who is participating the the GAFE pilot?

Several HCPSS groups are participating in the pilot including the following:

Schools participating in pilot (staff and students)

 Elementary MiddleHigh
 Dayton Oaks
 GlenwoodHammond
 Fulton Murray Hill
Howard

Curriculum Writers
Comprehensive Summer School (staff and students)
Non-school based Staff

What is being piloted?

The HCPSS Google pilot includes Google collaboration tools which have been structured to ensure that students and teachers have a safe and secure environment that adheres to HCPSS policies.

 Area Purpose
hcpss.org
Provides collaborative Google Docs, Sites and Calendar for HCPSS students and staff.
Area does not allow for collaboration with individuals outside of the HCPSS.
hcpss.me
Provides a second account for staff that allows creation of public websites.
This area will be used when staff need to share with the community or other individuals outside of the HCPSS.

Where can I go to log in?

Login on the HCPSS landing page: https://hcpss.me/

Link to GAFE pilot FAQs: https://sites.google.com/a/hcpss.me/hcpssgafe/FAQs


When does the pilot end?

The HCPSS GAFE pilot began on April 26th and runs until June 1st.

After June 1st, the results of the spring pilot will be reviewed.  Based on the pilot results, a decision will be made about implementing GAFE to all students and staff during the 2012-2013 school year.


Why Google Apps for Education?

Google Apps for Education Provides:

  • Collaborative workspace for staff and students
  • Cloud based access to resources
  • Storage for student work
  • HCPSS Managed accounts
  • Protection against copyright infringement
  • Template creation
  • Unified directory of HCPSS staff and students
  • Active Directory integration

How is the pilot going?

"The best answer to this questions should come from those teachers participating in the pilot.  Below are several quotes from GAFE Contacts."

"Kindergartners have gone from saying,"Why are you on my drawing page!" to "What can we draw together?"  We are developing collaborators through GAFE."

 Lori Jones, Dayton Oaks


"Students are using authentic tools that will make them college and career ready.  Using GAFE tools allows students to learn with a real world tool to solve real world challenges."

 Lori Jones, Dayton Oaks


"Google Apps for Education are innovative tools that will change the way teachers of all disciplines instruct a very technologically advanced group of young men and women.  They will allow me to propel my history classroom full speed into the 21st century and ensure that all students get the education that they need and deserve."

Patricia Sullivan, Hammond High School

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