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Howdy! Did you miss the GoogleApps for Education in Texas sessions at the Spring 2010 TCEA TECSIG meeting? Well, you can listen to two of the three podcasts--I hope to have the 3rd posted later this weekend--resulting from those sessions online at http://bit.ly/tecsig2010 (of course, if GoogleSites is blocked in your District, you can find them online at http://mguhlin.org ). As I pointed out during the sessions, the goal of the conversation is to provide you with information that will help clarify choices available to Texas public schools as we head into tough economic situation for schools--teacher layoffs happening all over the U.S.--and the increased need for collaboration in student and staff work (check postscript at bottom for how dire situation is). I'm grateful to Micha Villarreal and Tim Holt (TCEA TEC-SIG Organizers) for their work in making the TEC-SIG meeting so much fun! There were some wonderful experiences shared and I'm particularly grateful to the panelists, which included the following: 1. Michael Gilbert, White Oak ISD Superintendent 2. Jaime Casap, Google Apps Education Edition (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) 3. Matt Dawson, Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) (Email: email@example.com) 4. Fabian Mantilla and/or Kyle Williams, Postini Services (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com) 5. Amy Mayer, Conroe I.S.D. Instructional Technology Coordinator ( firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) Also, I am grateful to the White Oak ISD's Scott Floyd and Mike Gras for putting me in touch with their Superintendent and Postini Services. Also grateful to the Google-Certified Teachers in Texas who contributed to the wiki and offered support! Some of the questions--and there were others discussed--addressed included the following.... *FERPA/Security Related Questions* * 1. If Google was to host our email and at some point we needed to access a staff person's email messages, can this be done easily? 2. What can Google do to ease the FERPA concerns that school districts have? 3. Would signing up for a Google Apps for Education account and activating the Secure Socket Layer (SSL)--that encrypts web traffic--capabilities meet with FERPA laws? 4. Some districts refuse to use G Apps because the Tos has age limits. Will Google publish an ToS that explicitly allows for students to use Google Apps Education edition? * *Functionality of GoogleApps* * 1. How long does it take for GoogleApps for Education account to be activated and approved for use? I've heard between 2-3 weeks to 5-6 weeks with little or no notification. 2. Why does activating the SSL slow down GMail so much? Are there plans to fix or improve that? 3. Google Apps for iPad... Is there an Google iPad application coming that allows us to create documents? 4. We are thinking about using one domain for our school district but we notice that the quota for video is 10 GB. Is it possible to increase this for large districts, or schools in general? * *Changing How We Work in Schools* 1. Why did you and/or your organization embrace GoogleApps for Education? 2. What were your organization's 3 greatest roadblocks to embracing GoogleApps, and how did you overcome them? In the wrap-up session, discussion of what is free and what isn't is discussed. I hope this last component--which was done after the two panel sessions--will be helpful. Wishing you well, Miguel Guhlin Phone: 210-617-3330 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Blog: http://mguhlin.org Portfolio: http://mguhlin.net P.S. Stuff to consider...do you cut programs or do you cut people? In my book, that's not a choice. Cut programs.... - U.S. Skill Shortages and Unemployment: The Current American Paradox - http://bit.ly/dkRc8s and, if you're are wondering.... *Asbury Park Schools NJ - 36<http://www.app.com/article/20100423/NEWS/4230321/Asbury-Park-schools-to-eliminate-jobs> * *<http://www.app.com/article/20100423/NEWS/4230321/Asbury-Park-schools-to-eliminate-jobs>The Libby School Montana - 10<http://www.dailyinterlake.com/news/local_montana/article_eb02918e-4e68-11df-976c-001cc4c03286.html> * *University of Iowa - 20 Job Cuts Still Possible*<http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100423/NEWS01/4230331/1079/news01/Layoffs-still-on-the-table-at-UI> *6 Failing Schools in Indiana - Layoffs / Reforms Coming<http://www.post-trib.com/news/2191638,new-schoolreports0423.article> * *Update: The Marana Unified School District AZ - Additional 133 or 185 Total * <http://www.kgun9.com/Global/story.asp?S=12361369> *Update: Cobb County School District GA - 734<http://www.wtvm.com/Global/story.asp?S=12361975> * *Cumberland County NJ - 55 More Layoffs*<http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20100423/NEWS01/4230313> *The Broward School District - 461 Pink Slips for Non-teaching Positions *<http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-broward-schools-budget-20100422,0,4701489.story> *The Wichita school USD 259 - Plan 117*<http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/stories/2010/04/19/daily29.html> *Branch Intermediate School District Michigan - 13<http://www.thedailyreporter.com/news/education/x749213063/BISD-approves-layoff-of-12-at-recent-meeting> * ** * Fort Wayne Community Schools - 91<http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100422/NEWS/4220318> Update: Flint Schools Michigan - 42 More<http://www.wnem.com/news/23230027/detail.html> The Columbia School District MS - 27<http://www.wdam.com/Global/story.asp?S=12352446> Buffalo School District - "Worst Case" Scenario - 700 Job Cuts<http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/04/21/1026834/worst-case-scenario-for-city-schools.html> Ardmore Oklahoma - Area School Job Cuts Could Happen if Addition Funding is cut <http://www.kxii.com/news/headlines/91675014.html?ref=014> The Lafourche School - 100 Job Cuts Possible<http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20100420/ARTICLES/100429950/1212?Title=Lafourche-School-Board-to-consider-layoffs&tc=ar> San Clemente schools CA - 57 Teacher Job Cuts Possible<http://www.ocregister.com/news/school-244802-san-clemente.html> *** --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. 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