Welcome to Google!!

After much research, the Milford Public Schools Technology team has decided to begin using the Google Apps for Education and Google Classroom platform in the 2015-2016 school year.  This decision was made after careful consideration, research, and multiple meetings and conversations.  We believe this platform switch will benefit the entire district, especially our students and staff.  
 
Here are a few key elements of the Google platform that we feel are most notable and useful:
  • Google Apps is a core suite of communication and collaboration applications that allows students to work from any device on documents and projects.  It includes an “office suite” of tools - Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more - offers the ability to work from any device as well as share and collaborate.  It also includes Google Classroom and email.  This will all be able to be accessed from the same account at www.gmail.com.
  • With a shift to Google our email platform (not email addresses) will be changing.  This email changeover is not yet active.  The current plan is to make this changeover during Christmas break.  Look for more information on this in the coming months.
  • Because all Google Apps save to the cloud, teachers and students gain the flexibility to work from any computer or device.
  • Students and teachers can seamlessly save work and collaborate both synchronously and individually.
  • By using Google Classroom teachers will be afforded the opportunity to create and distribute assignments and students would be able to submit their completed work in a totally digital environment.
 
With the district beginning to incorporate Chromebooks into our blended learning program, using Google and all the apps that come with it seems to be the best choice for our district.  
 
Teacher Google Apps for Education Accounts
As of right now all faculty should have Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account.  Many of you signed into your account for the first time last Friday during the professional day.  If you did not, here is your login information:
 
Website: www.gmail.com
 
Username: current email address (e.g. dannelson@milfordma.com)
Temporary password: milfordps
 
If you have not tried to login to your account, please give it a try soon.  We need to know if there are any issues so we can fix them.  We have seen a few issues come up due to inaccuracies in X2.  You will be required to change your password when you login for the first time.  Please see the Gmail tab for a tutorial, or contact your Technology Integration Teacher.
***We need to make sure everyone can login by the time we switch over to using this platform for email.
  
Finally, if anyone starts to use Google Apps or Google Classroom in your classroom, please feel free to email us and share. Also feel free to email anyone on the technology team with questions.  Our technology integration teachers are happy to support this roll out in your classrooms if you decide to use it.  Please make requests through your principals to set up additional training and support.