Category Archives: _GAFE Chronology

This category captures blog posts which illustrate the evolution of Google Apps for Education from my perspective as an administrator who led the changes in more than a dozen school districts.

Where Does My Work Go When I Log-in to G-Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education)?   

As a district, we’ve embraced the G-Suite set of tools as our cornerstone for creating, communicating, and collaborating.  From a user’s experience, it’s simple; log in to the Brewster Schools’ domain and choose which tool to use.  Whether it’s Google … Continue reading

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Alex Capecelatro, 2006 BHS Graduate, to Speak with BHS Students Via Google Hangout

Students from Science Research, Project Lead the Way, Robotics, and AP Physics have been invited to participate in a Google Hangout (video conference) with Alex Capecelatro, BHS Class of 2006.  Topics of the forty minute conversation will include innovation, design … Continue reading

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Final Steps of Migration from Microsoft Office to Google Apps (G Suite)

Last year the district decided to replace Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office with Gmail and Google Apps for Education, saving tens of thousands of dollars each year and aligning the district to its strategic coherence plan.  Our team has been … Continue reading

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Google update: Google Apps Changes its Name

Google Apps is changing its name to better reflect their mission. G Suite is here!  

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The Basic Google Drive Skills for Students

Google Drive is a cloud-based file storage system that allows you to create, edit, store and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. You can access these items anywhere through the internet. As we move forward with our technology initiative, students need … Continue reading

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Major Upgrades to Google Classroom and Docs!

Teachers who use Google Classroom with their students were treated to a few significant upgrades this week. Most notable are Google Classroom email summaries, the ability to annotate Google Docs on a mobile device, and the option to include images … Continue reading

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Take Advantage of Our District Calendars’ Capabilities

The district has its calendars available on our website, and the capabilities of this new system (Google Calendar) provides advantages to our community.  For example, users can combine multiple calendars into one “meta-calendar” thus keeping all important dates in one … Continue reading

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We are a School District, Not a Datacenter!

Are we keeping our eyes on the primary mission of a school district–student learning–as we become increasingly reliant on technology as an enterprise? The costs associated with maintaining servers, backups, adequate power, secure access, remote access, space, cooling, fire suppression, … Continue reading

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Google Changes YouTube; Schools Benefit!

“YouTube settings in Google Apps allow you to restrict which YouTube videos are viewable, which videos might show up as recommendations, and which videos are returned in YouTube Search results for signed-in Apps users in your organization.” –  Google Google’s … Continue reading

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From Outlook to Gmail in Ten Minutes

As the districts we serve move from Outlook to Gmail, we spend plenty of time in face-to-face workshops.  Time is a challenge for some, but that never slows down the migration schedule from one system to another.  Fortunately, nearly everyone has used email … Continue reading

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