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ML Student Google Account
Recently, your son or daughter was assigned a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account to enhance the way we use technology and share information within and beyond our school community. Currently all grade 3-8 students are utilizing these accounts. We implemented Gmail into our district in 2009 and have added additional educational resources thereafter.

Essentially, GAFE is a cloud based learning platform allowing teachers and students to create a range of documents online, email, share calendars and unlimited data to be accessed at home and school on any device.

GAFE allows us to collaborate and learn more effectively through the use of technology, and offer a range of new learning opportunities for teachers and students.

Further information about GAFE can be found here http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/education/benefits.html

Facts about Google Apps for Education
  • GAFE is used by many of the world’s leading educational institutions, including universities, secondary and primary schools.
  • GAFE is completely free for schools and does not contain advertising anywhere within it.
  • Many of GAFE apps such as Google Docs and Gmail are familiar to many students and parents.
  • The school account is only capable of emailing other students within the Medford Lakes School district as well as any staff member; these accounts are unable to communicate with any other outside email addresses

How will Google Apps for Education enhance my child’s learning opportunities?
  • GAFE allows teachers and students the ability to collaborate on documents simultaneously. This type of collaboration has been impossible in the past.
  • GAFE works on any device. This allows our students to continue learning beyond the classroom and the ability to access their content at any time.
  • Students and teachers can work in teams, sharing calendars, documents and collaborating ideas to learn more effectively.

What should I be aware of?
  • GAFE allows students to communicate and store information in both public and private spaces online.
  • Unlike many other web services GAFE acknowledges it’s users as the owners of content they produce and store.
  • GAFE does not share any data or user information with any other party unlike other Google products such as Gmail.
  • Your child will be provided an email address as part of the GAFE package:
  • Self-made password of at least 8 characters



Account Information:

We will be working with students to educate them around using GAFE in a productive and responsible manner. We also feel it necessary for parents to be aware of new technologies such as GAFE and encourage you to be proactive discussing and exploring it with your child.



Regards,

Jay Wassell
Teacher of Educational Technology