Thursday, August 13, 2015

WHS Summer Update: All about GAFE (Google Apps for Education)


What is GAFE?
Google Apps for Education(GAFE)  is a core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for free. These communication and collaboration apps include Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sites and Classroom and a Google Apps for Education account unlocks access to dozens of other collaborative tools supported by Google. All of these applications exists completely online (or in the cloud), meaning that all creations can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection.

What it means for WHS?
As WHS transitions to the world of GAFE, all students and staff will have a GAFE account which will look like NAME@waldwickschools.org. Students and teachers will be able to communicate using the many different apps associated with GAFE.  Increased communication and collaboration are what GAFE is all about. Students and teachers will have these tools at their fingertips and access to them at anytime, from anywhere, using their Chromebook or any other computer or mobile device.
Parents and students will have to sign-off on a Google Apps Permission Form which will be available through Genesis Parent Access later this month.  
The opportunities the GAFE will provide the teachers and students are endless.  It is going to be a great year of LEARNING! 

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