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We have used Google Docs and gmail for three school years with about 900 staff members, and it has been wonderful. Google Docs collaboration is not instantaneous, but it is very close and Google is working to make it quicker. As far as email, the Gmail spam filter catches 99.999% of the spam. I get between 700 and 1000 spam messages a month (mostly because our e-mail list was compromised on our old system). I have probably had more legitimate e-mail end up in spam than I have had spam in my inbox. Please note that most schools are required to archive/save e-mail as a part of public record. Postini offers this and more management features for a reasonable fee. We love the chat features, Internet form creation, and groups (although we have considerable turnover so managing groups can be time consuming). Setup 3 years ago was extremely easy, probably took 2 hours since I read a lot to make sure I was doing things correctly, the actual process was 30 minutes. I agree with Mrs. Robinson that Google Docs is not a content management system because it is not setup to be that. If you had very technically savvy employees, you could probably accomplish many of the same functions. ---------- David Doering Instructional Technology Facilitator Riverview Gardens School District firstname.lastname@example.org 314-267-9314 x1228 *** ActivInspire is Coming - Tools for Learning - http://rgsd.k12.mo.us/activinspire *** Technology Integration Home Page - http://rgsd.k12.mo.us/TI Internet Favorites/Bookmarks - http://rgsd.k12.mo.us/bookmarks Online Training Resources - http://rgsd.k12.mo.us/training Professional Development Calendar - http://rgsd.k12.mo.us/PDcalendar Professional Development Schedule/Log - http://rgsd.k12.mo.us/PDlog > From: Judith Robison <email@example.com> > > I wouldn't see Google Docs as an alternative to a learning management > system/content management system. Blackboard, Moodle, etc., do a lot more > than foster communication and encourage collaboration. I would think it > would be both and! > > Judith Claire Robison > St. John's Catholic Prep > Director of Technology > > > From: Peyton Jobe <firstname.lastname@example.org> >> >> Greetings, >> >> I'm interested in hearing from folks working in schools which have chosen >> Google Docs Suite for campus communications/course management over the >> costlier alternatives (Blackboard, etc). Generally speaking, it seems to >> me >> that you are probably going to get what you pay for in terms of support, >> but >> if GDS is as user friendly as it seems, both from an administrator's >> standpoint as well as a user's standpoint, maybe less support is >> necessary?? >> >> >> Thanks, >> Peyton Jobe --- 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. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH