A few days ago, I shared a new survey trying to garner information regarding the use of GoogleApps for Education in large school districts. You can see the results so far, as well as contribute the information for your school district. I have to ask, how come Google itself hasn’t captured this information and shared it? Or, is it enough to make the tools to accomplish the data collection available to its users sufficient?
Schools that responded include:
- Mankato Public Schools, where the venerable Doug Johnson presides
- Edna ISD
- RoundRock ISD
Of that search, I have to admit that the “motherlode” discovered was one Jeff Keitner brought to my attention–Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, USA. It’s pretty amazing all the hard work they did to make the transition from MS Exchange to GoogleApps for staff (note update below). It’s also an excellent blend of leadership and management to make the transition!
More importantly, the transition of such a large district–the 18th largest in the United States with 129,000 students, over 28,000 staff–puts to rest any concerns that GoogleApps for Education will NOT work for large districts in Texas. To be honest, by comparison, I think Prince George’s County Public Schools can hold their own with the largest in Texas, don’t you think?
Here’s a general appeal to school districts….
As such, I urge school districts in Texas to consider switching to GoogleApps for Education, a free service available to schools and being seized upon to help defray the high costs. Every time this suggestion is made, the question comes up, where is there a comparatively sized district using GoogleApps for Education?
While I have found many that have adopted GoogleApps for Education, this particular one is beyond belief…and it makes me question why district leaders haven’t moved yet to a solution that will save them money, time and effort once implemented…money that can be diverted to enhance technology in classrooms and bandwidth needs rather than on servers and expensive licensing.
The 18th largest district in the United States with over 40,000 computers, 129,500 students, 209 schools, 28,000 employees–Prince George’s County Public Schools in the State of Maryland–is using GoogleDocs for Education. Their district supports iPod Touch as well as Blackberry devices. They use Active Directory and MS Exchange.
They are using GoogleApps for Education.
More about the initiative at http://sites.google.com/a/pgcps.org/googlized/Home
Check out the attached checklist for the transition to Google! More online at:
Check out either presentation:
The CIO is Wesley Watts
Simple question: If Prince George’s County Public Schools can do it, why can’t our school districts in Texas?
Not to mention Wes Fryer’s podcast of a presentation they did (Thanks Wes!!):
Isn’t it time? Isn’t it time we put down the yoke of MS Exchange, and exchanged it for something that is proven to work at less cost?
Update 02/08/2010 via email:
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Meghen Ehrich
Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM
Subject: Fwd: did you see this?
I was just forwarded your blog post about Google Apps in Prince George’s County. I am part of the transition team and was one of the presenters in the referenced presentation and podcast. I need to make one correction to your post. You indicated that we migrated staff and students. However, so far only staff have migrated; we are just now beginning the pilot phase for students.
Technology Training Team
Instructional Technology Specialist
Prince George’s County Public Schools
6251-A Ammendale Road
Beltsville, MD 20705
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