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Re: [K12OSN] OT: Google Apps



Since google docs is not encrypted, isn't if a violation of FERPA?  I'd like to use it, but our tech director tells me that it is not secure, and since student names/information could be part of the documents, that it can't be used.  I would like to hear Google's feelings on this, since they seem to be interested in education. 

>>> "Travis Smith" <tsmith geneseeschools org> 12/5/2008 8:27:03 am >>>


>>> "Dan Young" <dyoung mesd k12 or us> 12-04-08 4:17 PM >>>
2008/12/4 Travis Smith <tsmith geneseeschools org>:
> 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
> 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.

Google doesn't own your content when you use Google Documents:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_adapts_and_modifies_content.php 

I agree Dan I have no problems with Google Docs. That was an issue that was brought up by a few technology coordinators in my county per discussion about the topic in a meeting and part of their reasoning for blocking the service at their school.


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