My technology director informed me the oher day that he was approved to start deploying Chromebooks in a 1:1 intiative starting with our sophomore class, and then in the following years going to the juniors, seniors, and maybe freshmen in the end. He asked me if I would be willing to meet with him to help hammer out the policy that needs to be written, trainings planned, and anything else that needs to be done.
I would just like to ask for any advice on any of it. I am excited to be helping out, but my school in terms of policy is way behind. For most of it, there is no digital copy. So, any advice on any part of the process would be fantastic or suggestions for resources to use.
Oh, I also need to mention that I think I and a few people that I talk to know what Google Apps for Education is and how it can be used, which all students would be getting.
I really would like to see this succeed, but I am nervous that we are a little unprepared for a rollout on the scale.
Thanks So much for any help,
There is a current Boise State EdTech doctoral student (Alice Keeler) who is a Google expert. You might want to contact her. I'm sure she would be glad to help in some capacity if she has the time.
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Thank you so much for the advice. Once this semester is over. I will contact her.
GAFE is basically the Google products presented in a walled garden to keep your student's and their work private. Sharing is capable within the institution and the available Apps can be administered by the institution. Check out the GAFE communities on Google+ and try to get to a GAFE conference.
My school is debating which device to use in our 1to1 intiative; iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, students bring whatever they want?
What has made your school choose Chromebooks?
If anyone else has input into this question I'd be happy to hear it.
Hey thanks for your reply. I htink the reason for the choice of the chromebooks is first price. We can buy two chromebooks for about 1 iPad. The next is the management features that Google apps gives. Our district is growing rapidly, and the money needed to keep up the computers is growing while funding is shrinking. Our current tech staff is on person for 3 buildings. He stretched and is for looking for ways to manage all the computers effectively. With the dashboard features for chrome in Google apps, I think this is what has sold him on this approach. I am not for sure, but I talked him into going to a Google Summit last year, and he came back inspired by the management that could be done for all machines in a centralized location.
Sorry it is taking me so long to get back to you. I have been transitioning jobs and moving across the country over the past couple weeks. Here are some of the lessons that I have learned with our Google apps rollout:
- It is important to read over the Google apps for education terms of service. With a good understanding of these terms of service you may see the need to communicate with parents in a transparent and positive manner. Since your student are over 13, you shouldn't need their permission, but you may want it anyway.
- You will also want to make sure that you're responsible use/acceptable use policies are up to date. Make sure these policies do NOT promise any right to privacy.
- Other policies that are important to have prepared are Social Media Policies for students and employees, discipline policies/procedures, and bullying policies/procedures.
- Have a team or panel discuss which apps you should turn on/off (examples: Blogger, Youtube, Google+, Hangouts, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc...)
- Decide if you are going to manage GAFE with your district network (Active Directory is recommended)
- Use the network to define your OU's inside GAFE
- If you are going to use GAFE with students and teachers (which I highly recommend) create one domain for teachers and a subdomain for students. This will keep student and teacher email addresses distinct and separate.
- Setup email filtering. I found a list of about 50 profane terms and added it to the system. I setup each campus to route filtered emails directly to the entire administration team for each campus, and myself. This allowed me to continue to adapt the filtering list for several weeks. I found that most of our students misspelled their profanity
- Create a full communication plan with information going out to parents in phone calls, letters, websites, and any social media sites the district/campus own.
- Create as many videos for information and instructions as possible. (Get Media Coordinators, Librarians, and Technology Facilitators involved as much as possible.
- Offer incentives for stakeholders to get training and pass the Google Apps certification exams (nice addition, but not necessary).
If you are adding Chromebooks as well, this list gets even longer as there are many more settings and policies to consider.
I hope that helps enough to get you started.