Google for Education Comes to St. Therese
St. Therese Catholic School has been notified by Google that its request for a Google Domain and for Google Apps for Education has been approved. Google is currently offering schools a hosted solution for their email, calendar, and academic content through Google Apps for Education. This program is an integrated communication and collaboration solution, which will enhance our academic program. Additionally, we will be able to complement the core suite of applications to meet our school’s needs, with access to several more Google services.
The first step in this project will begin November 1st as St. Therese teachers begin shifting from an Outlook Express email account to a new Gmail account. All of the current school Microsoft email accounts will remain active until the end of the school year in May. Teachers will receive training on the new Gmail accounts and the expanded capabilities after parent teacher conferences and will begin introducing their Gmail account to parents and students in November. The new Gmail accounts will end with the Domain name “. . . @sttheresepueblo.org”.
Within the Google Apps for Education suite is an application entitled Google Classroom. Since Google Classroom was launched more than 10 million educators and students across the globe actively use it to teach and learn together, save time, and stay organized. Teachers and students contributed to the creation of Google Classroom recognizing the need for a “mission control” – a central place for creating and tracking assignments, sharing ideas and resources, with the ability to turn in completed work and exchange feedback. Google Classroom is part of the lineup of tools within Google Apps for Education now used by students, teachers and administrators in schools and universities around the United States.
We are excited to begin this change over; but with any change, this project will take time, patience, and understanding. In partnership with Corporate Technologies Inc. of Pueblo, we will take the rest of this school year to train, learn, and experience our Google Apps for Education to prepare for full implementation in 2016 – 2017 school year.