After many months of planning and scheduling, the day is finally upon me. I am happy to say that I have finally and officially convinced my school to travel down the long and winding road toward Google-hood. I have not previously blogged about my goals, so let me tell you a story. It went as most things in public schools go. I mentioned the idea to an assistant principal. He said it was cool and all, but he was busy, so let's wait. Three months later, we're finally making progress. And another month or two later (which brings us to today), the process is finally in full motion.
The reason I advocated Google Apps for my school is not because of the massive amount of money we would be saving over other similar solutions, but because we have never had anything like this before. Despite being a technical school, students do not have school email addresses, teachers rarely post grades online, and the entire system is on paper and disorganized. Quite sad, actually. My goal was to finally give Tech a push in the right direction, and that push has been administered. Next year, the new system will be tested in a few specific classes (mostly Advanced Placement classes) willing to adopt such a new and novel technology. The main roadblock ahead of us is to convince the less technology-aware teachers to adopt, which will likely be our biggest challenge.
Anyway, I hate to cut this post short but I have no time to waste. If you have a school that either lacks an internal productivity infrastructure or has some very expensive one, I recommend you go Google. Just looking at the Apps Dashboard, it is probably the simplest interface I have ever seen, and new applications install just like they do on Facebook. It gives you the ability to do so much more and in such an organized fashion. Hopefully the road ahead of my school is bright, because we have a long way to go.