What parents need to know about Google Apps for Education

Google Apps is new this year for Crane R-III students. What are these Google applications and how will students use them?

Google is providing accounts for students at no cost to the District. Google usually makes money by placing advertising in front of Gmail users but advertising is turned off for all student accounts.

Google Docs includes online word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and drawing applications. Students can work on documents from any Internet accessible computer and can easily share work with teachers and other students. There won't be any dogs eating this homework. Other student headaches like lost floppies or USB drives are a thing of the past as all files are stored in the Google cloud. Word documents save automatically as students work and several students can work on the same files from different locations at the same time.

Gmail Students access is varied throughout the school. Some students in high school have full access to internet email where as our younger students have limited or no access to email. Contact the school directly if you have questions regarding your students email access. All student email is filtered from known inappropriate sites and is archived for disciplinary purposes. It's important to know that some inappropriate email may get past the filters. Students are trained to delete email that is spam sent from Internet advertisers and to tell teachers about inappropriate email sent from other students.

Google Calendar allows teachers to publish homework calendars that include links to learning resources and even attached Google Docs files. Students can subscribe to classroom calendars and always be up to date on what's happening in class. Parents can also view classroom assignment calendars via school web sites. Students can use their personal Google calendars to keep track of their own activities and events.

Share Google Apps with your children.
The best thing about Google Apps is how easy it is to share access to files and email. Parents are encouraged to explore Google Apps with their children by logging in together. Students have been warned that Google Apps at Crane R-III are not private and that their accounts may be monitored for compliance with school policies. Students are expected to follow school rules when online just as they do in the classroom. It's OK to ask your children to share their Google password with you and to look over their school work stored in Google Apps.