Google Apps for Education
As part of our Computing Curriculum, the school is introducing a service called Google Apps for Education. This new service is powered by Google and we will be joining over 30 million other pupils and teachers that are already using Google Apps at schools around the world. The service will give our children and staff access to a set of tools which will support the high levels of collaboration that are required in today’s classroom to prepare students with communication and collaboration skills for life. Apps for Education will also enhance the delivery of not only our Computing curriculum, but lessons cross curricular. In order to keep you informed and also to comply with data protection legislation and Google’s Terms of Service, we are required to get parental permission. (http://goo.gl/D9GNB6)
What’s included in Google Apps?
What are the benefits of Google Apps and what’s included?
Within the St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Junior School Google Apps service:
There will be no advertisements.
Pupils will be shown how to use Google Apps within the Computing Curriculum as part of the e-safety. Pupils will be provided with unique usernames and passwords. Parents/Carers are encouraged to explore Google Apps with their children by logging in together and accessing their school work stored in Google Apps. Pupils will follow school policies for appropriate use when using Google Apps. The service is an extension of the school’s own network. Pupils know that the school has the right and ability to monitor user accounts for policy and e-safety purposes as well as having the ability to remove access to some or all Google Apps.
Summary for Parents
Google Apps for Education is an essential part of the curriculum, for all subjects, and pupils without parental permission will be unable to participate in any lessons across the curriculum using Google Apps. All email communication is archived and the school’s Acceptable Use Policy will be enforced. School staff will monitor the use of Google Apps when pupils are at school. Parents/Carers are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of applications when accessing Google Apps from home. Pupils are responsible for their own behaviour at all times. We are excited to be bringing these tools to the school. Don’t hesitate in asking for more information about this decision and how it will impact teaching, learning and communication.