[K12OSN] OT: Google Apps

Travis Smith tsmith at geneseeschools.org
Thu Dec 4 18:12:01 UTC 2008

>>> "David Hopkins" <dahopkins429 at gmail.com> 12-04-08 9:09 AM >>>
A lot of teachers at our school have discovered Google Apps and are
pushing it as a replacement for StarOffice because it is web-based,
allows students to submit documents easier and a whole host of other
benefits.  However, what has also been observed is that the servers
get very very sluggish once an entire class of students sign in.  The
suspicion is that this is due to Google Apps and Flash?

Does anyone have experience with Google Apps in their environement?
Pro's and Con's of using it vs StarOffice?  How does it run in
alternative browsers (e.g. Opera, Konqueror, Nautilus)?

Dave Hopkins

We allow students to use google docs and some do take advantage of it. I even put a link up on our webpage. One issue we found was with the power point piece and it seems like the issues were related to trying to get the power point back out of google docs and work on it with powerpoint. The topic has been brought up a few times at our county meetings and some of the concerns were property rights because google now has ownership and worried that google will use this publicly or in a negative way somehow. Some schools even block it completely. I was instructing students to use it for bringing files from home without a flash drive but we started using Netstorage which gives them access to the home folder so now I tell them to use that because of less steps.

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