Over 2,000 institutions worldwide using Google Apps
Carrying on from my last blog on the Google Apps Education Edition , the latest news has just revealed that over 13 U.S institutions have just signed up to Google Apps, bringing over 2,000 institutions worldwide to Google's cloud computing.
Jeff Keltner, Google business development manager, wrote in his latest blog post. "Google Apps Education Edition is gaining momentum: more than a million users worldwide have adopted it to embrace the possibilities of technology in education."
The schools that have recently signed on to Apps include Collin County Community College District, Francis Marion University, George Washington University, Indiana University, Kean University, Kent State University, Kishwaukee College, Loyola Marymount University, Montgomery County Community College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Florida, University of San Diego, and the University of Virginia.
Since debuting in October 2006, the free access to Google Apps allows students and staff free access to email and collaboration tools. It's also been reported that it's quick and easy to set up, as well as being versatile. "Technically Google Apps can be up and running in a matter of minutes," according to a spokeswoman. "Some universities offer services to just students and others offer to students, faculty, and staff."
The Web is less about the individual and more about a personal experience of participating in a group for work and play, says Jeff Keltner, business development manager for Google Apps Education Edition.
Google are also launching a 'App to School' road trip - a 10 stop tour coast to coast to talk about Google's applications.
APT STAIRS is an acronym for Appropriate and Practical Technologies for Students, Teachers, Administrators and Researchers.
We are trialling out new web 2:0 technologies across the Bloomsbury colleges, to enhance learning and teaching in further education. We will be working closely with Google Docs in this JISC funded project, until April 2009.