[K12OSN] OT: Google Apps

Nils Breunese nils at breun.nl
Mon Dec 8 13:15:58 UTC 2008

Rob Owens wrote:

> James P. Kinney III wrote:
>> Google apps have less than half the capabilities of OpenOffice but  
>> are
>> accessible from (nearly) any Internet accessing computer. The
>> performance issues you see are bandwidth for the classroom, not  
>> system
>> resource problems.
> Seems to me that people like Google apps for the convenience of
> accessing their data anywhere.  Why not just give each student and
> teacher a $5 usb key and have them work on their local machine (be  
> it at
> home or at school)?

People lose USB drives. And Google Apps sharing features (sharing  
calendars, sharing documents) are pretty nice too. It's just  
convenient and requires zero maintainance and nearly zero setup.  
That's probably why people like Google Apps.

Nils Breunese.

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