Overview

Welcome to the KPS Goes Google page. 
This page is a resource for Kentwood Public Schools staff as we transition from GroupWise to Google Apps for Education.  As always please contact our Help Desk at (616) 530-9196 ext. 78721 with any questions or concerns.

 




What’s Google Apps?
Google Apps is a suite of web-based E-Mail and collaboration applications that Google hosts on their own servers. Google provides these applications as a "service," rather than as software to download and install. To access these applications, you simply use a web browser on a computer that's connected to the Internet. 
 

Why choose Google Apps?

We looked for an email and calendar solution that could provide with us the following benefits:

 

  • Lower infrastructure costs - All your email will be stored securely on Google's servers, so we'll no longer need to maintain email servers on-site
  • Lower support costs - Because Google hosts the email and calendar services, there's no more email client software to maintain on your computer
  • Innovative solutions - We can leverage the ongoing creative and technical solutions of the Google Apps platform to provide users with powerful, easy-to-use tools for getting their work done
  • Highly scalable environment - With Google Apps, our email capacity will grow automatically as our organization grows, and we'll avoid the complexity of internal systems
  • Access to services from anywhere, anytime - A key benefit of the Google-hosted solution is that we can access email, contacts, and calendar from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection, anywhere in the world.
  • More collaboration features- With Google's next-generation applications, we can collaborate with colleagues, students, and stakeholders more easily and efficiently than ever before 

 

Timeline
April 16 - Early Adoption Phase
April 30 - Single Building Wide Deployment
Beginning May 7 - Full Scale, District Wide Training
May 18 - Migration Completion Goal & GroupWise Server will still be accessible but will stop sending and receiving mail.
May/June - Email/Calendar Support
Summer - Optional Training Sessions (Gmail, Calendar, Groups, Docs, etc.)
Fall - Continued Professional Development
January 1, 2013 - KPS Groupwise server is permanently Powered off
 

Overview of Google Apps for Education/Business