Bulloch County Schools will provide teachers and students with another instructional technology tool when it pilots Google Apps for Education at three of its 16 campuses later this month. The school system will begin training William James Middle and Julia P. Bryant and Langston Chapel Elementary school faculties September 23, with student training and implementation at these locations to follow.
Curriculum Director Teresa Phillips said “The Google Apps environment affords everyone, staff and students, powerful opportunities for collaboration and sharing of documents and information in an efficient manner.” Phillips leads a 20-member committee of teachers, principals and information systems engineers that has been meeting and planning the pilot project for nearly five months.
“First and foremost, this is not just about email,” Phillips said. She and Data Analysis Coordinator April Beasley, co-presented to the Board of Education Thursday, and shared how with any Bulloch County Schools technology offerings, stringent protections and filters are in place to ensure meaningful academic experiences.
Google Apps is a free suite of hosted communication and collaboration software applications that are offered to schools, universities and non-profit organizations. More than 10 million students and teachers are already using Google Apps.