Our school has been using GAFE for teachers, but we want to move our 3rd - 8th students to the platform. Do we need to setup a new GAFE account to use for students and their drives? If so, will it "play well with" our faculty GAFE setup?
Or, is it best to use the same GAFE account? The concerns with using the same account include the matching email domain (our campus address instead of gmail.com) and we don't have enough email addresses to distribute to all students.
Any tips will be greatly appreciated!
First with the number of emails, I believe you just contact Google and let them know what you are doing and they will give you more emails. There is really no limit that I have found for it since the service is free and there are some big districts in my state with 4 to 5 thousand students in just the high school and the whole district is GAFE. Second, yes the teacher and student emails will play nice you just have to create an OU for students and sub OU's for each grade ( I would suggest graduation year for the subs) that way you can change policies for students and grade levels as needed and the teachers don't have to have the same policies.
Thank you, Mark. It sounds like setting up the GAFE is very much like setting up our Windows domain. We also use graduation years for the OUs. This is very helpful!
If you already use active directory, I would highy recomment using Google Apps Directory Sync (GADS) and also syncing user passwords from AD to GAFE using GAPS (you guessed it... Google Apps Password Sync). You can find more at the links below:
I use both of these tools in my K-12 enviroment and love them. As soon as I add a new student or teacher to AD, within the hour they have their Google account with the same username/password. It also keeps groups in sync (if you choose to do so) which makes mainting email lists as simple as adding someone to a group in AD.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any qustions.
Jason, thanks for this information. We do use Active Directory and this sounds like a perfect fit. I appreciate the tips!