|4/28/2010 7:52:00 AM|
|Oregon First to Sign Up Statewide for Google Apps for Education|
SALEM, Ore. – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that Oregon is the first state in the nation to sign up for Google Apps for Education in K-12 classrooms. Google Apps are available for free to Oregon public schools on a voluntary basis and are designed to help schools improve digital literacy and reduce IT costs while maintaining the security of school and student data.
“Educators and students now have access to the same cutting-edge technology used in the business world with added federal student privacy and confidentiality protections,” said Susan Castillo. “In a time of dwindling resources, I am grateful for Google’s partnership. Our students have a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the workplace by using workplace technology in the classroom,” said Castillo.
Google Apps for Education services include filtered email, calendaring, online documents, video conferencing, and website creation in an advertisement-free environment. School districts receive their own domain and can manage user security and safety. School staff controls the amount and type of email messages allowed in the system. No system upgrades are necessary as the applications work on any operating system through a web browser.
“We’re thrilled to see the Oregon Department of Education take this huge step forward for their students. It’s critical that students develop the technology competencies they will need for the 21st century,’ said Jaime Casap, Google Apps Education Manager. “Google Apps for Education will help Oregon students reach that goal, and it’s exciting to see the state sign on and bring this change about for their kids.”
Google worked with the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Department of Justice to create a unique user agreement that met state legal requirements and provided adequate compliance around federal student records and safety protections.
The estimated statewide cost savings for school districts utilizing Google Apps for Education is approximately $1.5 million a year for email. School districts could also realize cost savings in reduced hardware and software upgrades.
"This public-private partnership with Google is more than exciting,” said Vickie Fleming, Redmond School Superintendent. “As public education strains to keep up with digital content and applications, this partnership is critical to students, parents and classroom teachers. As a school superintendent I am very appreciative of the leadership and work that went into crafting this deal and we look forward to putting it to work. "
Click here for more information and school district sign up details.
Google is a participating member of Accelerate Oregon which is a public-private partnership dedicated to providing Oregon schools with the tools necessary to advance teaching and learning with technology. The founding sponsors of Accelerate Oregon are Intel and the Oregon Department of Education, who have been joined by Cisco, Willamette ESD, Compview, the SMART Technologies and Oregon State University.
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