Boise School District Google Apps for Education Practice & FAQ
We are proud to announce that Boise School District has now made available to teachers, staff, and students the power of Google Apps for Education. This supports classrooms by providing tools for collaboration, communication, and online cloud-based file storage. Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, school leadership teams were presented with a Boise Schools Google Apps for Education Readiness Checklist (http://goo.gl/yszRia) to help with evaluation and preparation of activating these learning tools for students. Upon completing this checklist, all students will be provided with a Student Google Account unless you choose to opt your student out.
What Does This Mean?
This will mean that schools will have the option of using Google Apps for classwork and communication. Students will be provided secure Google accounts by the district along with training and information on how to responsibly use these learning tools. All Google accounts for staff, teachers, and students are expected to be used for educational and professional purposes. Please see our Boise School District Responsible Use of Technology, Access, and Digital Communication. (http://goo.gl/f2OKAL)
What are Google Apps for Education?
When accounts are activated, K-8 students will have access to Google Drive and Calendar. Google Drive offers access to word processing tools such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides that are similar to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Students in grades 9 - 12 will also have a Gmail account activated for educational use. There are additional district approved Google Apps and Extensions.
What is the Value of Google Apps for Education (GAFE)? Google Apps for Education are intended to enhance critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication for students and staff. Google Apps also provide users with cloud-based file storage for all of their documents. Students and teachers can open and edit their documents quickly. No more distractions like lost flash drives, outdated file attachments, or confusing client software. With anytime, anywhere access, Google Drive allows users to be productive at school, at home, and even on their mobile phones. Because Google Drive runs in a web browser, students can work from almost any device, can easily upload and share files, and can still work with formats such as .doc, .xls, .ppt, and .pdf. In addition, feedback through Google Docs' intuitive commenting feature is ideal for instructor and collaborator feedback. Revision history allows users to review document edits over time.
Why are Our Schools Doing This?
Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills are concepts which help teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills are more than just a teaching tool; using these tools can be a way to prepare students/technology users for college and career.
What Do Parents Need to Do?
Stay tuned for more information from your student’s school. For more information and answers to questions about Google in Boise School District, see the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Parents/Guardians listed below.
Can I See What My Child is Doing on Google Apps?
Will there be a Parent View account? No, there is not a Parent View account. Parents are encouraged to explore Google Apps with their children by logging in together. You will be able to have your student log in to his or her Boise School District Google account at home and show you what they are currently working on in class, as well as items that have been “turned in” and commented on by the teacher.
How Do I Opt Out of this Service?
Student participation in this program is encouraged. If you do not want a Boise School District Google account activated for your student, please fill out the form linked below, or pick up a hard copy of the form in your school’s main office. If you do opt out of this opportunity, other alternatives and resources will be provided to assure equal access to learning objectives. We encourage you to discuss the options with your student’s teacher(s) or school administration if you have any questions or concerns. Boise School District Google Account Opt Out Form for Students
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Parents/Guardians
General Account Questions
Access Outside of School Questions
Boise School District Google Account Opt Out Questions