Google Apps for Education: Pros & Cons From An IT Guy
I’ve been recommending schools go Google since 2007. Below is why, with some issues I’ve run into along the way.
- No more Outlook to Install. Ever.
- Web based, works with all browsers, even IE (not IE 6 though but you really should upgrades those. You know who you are)
- Real-time doc collaboration. You must see it to believe it.
- No more servers to manage. Yay!
- So easy to manage you can assign a teacher to manage their school’s email domain. Really.
- Integrates with Chromebooks, if you like chromebooks.
- Free Anti-SPAM included
- Works with MS Office (Yes, teachers can continue to use Office 2003 if they want to)
- Google Drive client for Mac and Windows
- Great potential for 21st Century Pedagogy in mixed OS BYOD and 1:1 environments.
- It’s not made by Microsoft.
- DirSync and Password Sync with AD take some elbow grease to setup
- It’s not MS Office or Outlook. (People eventually notice, even when you tell them you’re upgrading to the “new” outlook web access with office)
- So easy to setup and manage even a teacher can do it, and probably already has.
- It’s a totally new way of thinking about documents and collaboration that disrupts traditional workflows and forces people to change. (might actually be a pro)
- Archiving options are basically Google Vault or Google Vault
- Uses Your Bandwidth
- No Google Drive for Linux (not a problem unless you run linux)
- Updates often, making training more challenging. But then we should all be adaptive Just In Time Learners, right?
- Occasionally it breaks for a few minutes and there is nothing you can do but get a coffee while you wait for someone else to fix it.
You can learn more at Google Apps for Education.