Google Mail is the same web-based Gmail that you are use to using at home but now under the School Board's domain. Everything that you are used to doing with Gmail, you will be able to do here. Mail is an easy to use and secure way to communicate with your students and parents. For traceability, you have over 7 Gigs of space, so no need to ever delete and email again.
Gmail is built on the idea that email can be more intuitive, efficient, and useful. Gmail can become the center of your online presence with you students. Have students electronically submit assignments. Mark and return them electronically back to them. Send out reminders to students and parents. Email weekly or monthly updates about what is going on in your class.