Google Apps available to New York schools

Opening the door in yet another state to its web applications, Google on Oct. 5 said that public schools in New York state now have the option to deploy Google Apps Education Edition if they choose to do so, InformationWeek reports. Covering 697 public school districts as well as private and charter schools, the deal has been approved by the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), in conjunction with the New York State Teacher Centers and associated Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), as well as teacher unions and state professional organizations. NYIT will be providing deployment assistance, training, and support for schools that decide to adopt Google Apps. “We’re excited that NYIT is committed to providing schools the deployment and professional development resources they need to make Google Apps for Education — including Gmail, Docs, Sites, and Calendar — a powerful tool for teachers and students across the state,” said Google Apps education manager Jaime Casap in a blog post. The state’s decision could bring as many as 3.1 million K-12 students and hundreds of thousands of teachers to Google Apps, though it’s unlikely that all of the state’s school districts will “go Google.” In April, Oregon became the first state to make Google Apps Education Edition available statewide. Iowa and Colorado decided to support Google Apps Education Edition in June, followed by Maryland in August…

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