Google Apps

Ready to get started with Google Apps Education Edition at your school? Click on the following link and fill in the form, and one of our Google Specialists will get back to you with an estimate for having Google Apps implemented at your school:

Information Form

For all the latest updates on what’s new in Google Apps, see the bottom of this page!

Why Google Apps is going to be the Next Big Thing in ICT!

By now you may have heard of Google Apps, and terms such as “Cloud Computing”, and may be wondering what it means and how it can be utilised in your school.

What is Google Apps?
Google Apps is a free suite of web-based collaboration and communication tools:

Google Docs is a suite of web-based collaborative tools that allows the entire school community to share information and ideas easily. Imagine groups of students being able to collaborate together which a teacher on a project, live and real-time. The nice thing is that they can access these documents from anywhere there is an internet connection, so they are potentially able to work from home too!

Google Forms gives you the ability to create questionnaires, email them to students, staff, parents or anyone in the wider community and the results are automatically collated into a spreadsheet, which can then be easily analysed, graphed and published. The possibilities are limitless!

Google Mail & Gmail allows you to route all your school’s mail through Google’s powerful mail servers for free, thus removing the need for a mail server onsite at your school. You can have as many email addresses as you like, and each one comes with approximately 7GB of storage space. You can continue to use your existing mail client software, or you can use Google’s web-based mail solution, Gmail to manage all your email. You can even mix and match these two options to suit your school’s needs.

Google Video is a video hosting and sharing solution – share, communicate and collaborate using video. You can have up to 10Gb of storage for free with your Education Edition account.

Google Sites is a website creator and host. You can create a professional and elaborate website using either HTML code or the Google Sites easy-to-use website creator, and you can host your website with Google as well, all for free!

Google Calendar allows you to organise your schedule (timetable) and share events with the rest of the school and the wider community. You can schedule events anywhere from your mobile, and get reminders from SMS and email.

By the way, don’t forget about all the other great Google products, such as GoogleMaps, Blogger, YouTube, Google Groups, Google Scholar, Chrome (Google’s innovative web browser) and much more.

Where do Watchdog fit in?

Watchdog is Google’s Preferred Partner for Education in New Zealand, and we provide services to integrate, train and provide support for Google Apps. Whether your school has 20 or 2000 students, we can help you get the most out of Google Apps.

Services Watchdog provide

Google Apps Education Edition account creation and bulk user account creation
We will create and verify your Google Apps Education Edition account, and create as many user accounts as you require for your school.

Directory Service Synchronisation
We can set up synchronisation between your existing directory service (for example Active Directory) and Google Apps, so you only need to update accounts in one location.

Re-direction of email via Google
We will re-route your mail through Google’s mail/spam filters, and organise for your existing email accounts to be transitioned seamlessly.

Upload of existing mail data to Gmail client
If required, we can arrange for your existing mail data to the Gmail client.

Upload of existing data to Google Docs
If required, all your existing data can be uploaded into Google Docs, retaining existing security.

Training
We can provide training on all levels on all aspects of Google Apps

Technical Support
We have a specialist Google-trained Technical Support Helpdesk that will be happy to help with any issues you may have. Various pricing packages are available.

For any queries or more information, please email google@watchdog.net.nz , or call 0508 WATCHDOG.

Useful links

Educator Resources by Google:
http://www.google.com/educators/index.html

Lesson plans and classroom activities utilising Google Apps:
http://www.google.com/educators/activities.html

Wellington Google Apps Presentation

Case Studes from Schools and Universities
http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/customers.html

What’s New in Google Apps

Click here to see what’s new in Google Apps: http://feeds.feedburner.com/GoogleAppsUpdates