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IT4K12 – Driving Change with Google Apps

June 4, 2015

IT4K12 2015

I have an opportunity to be at BCERAC’s IT4K12 conference in Vancouver June 4/5, 2015. These posts are my notes from the various sessions.- Todd

Delta and Greater Victoria School Districts

Dave Shortreed, Richard Campbell – Delta, (formerly from Calgary Science School), Neil Stephenson

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) – Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Classroom

This is a good solution for a “Messy Classroom” can use whatever device you want, whether an iOS device, laptop, Chromebook, desktop, etc.

BC – Privacy and FOIPPA are still complicated. Need to do a Privacy Impact Assessment, Parent consent, Acceptable Use Guidelines. It’s happening “in the wild” but how can we make it better. Finding some of the nuances of FOIPPA is clarity of consent.

“Prescribed manner” means

  • in writing (can be digital behind a parent portal).
  • specifies the type of information
  • 1st Party / 3rd Party consent
  • the dates of consent is effective and expires
  • to whom the data is disclosed (& location)
  • the purpose for the disclosure

Consent must be voluntary and informed. Consent does not trump careful use of online tools

Much conversation and a large part of the presentation was all about privacy, FOIPP, etc. More than I’ve seen in another presentation. ERAC is working with the schools on PIA’s and will be releasing a website of information shortly with all kinds of information and samples.

First schools received 60 Chromebooks as part of a Principal award, and sent them into three classrooms.

Looking at lots of different ways to store Chromebooks, could be with carts, tech tubs, etc.

Considering standardizing the type of Chromebook. Currently looking at the Acer C720, and the Asus C200M plus the Google Device Enrollment license.

Richard did a brief demonstration of the Google Admin. Reminded us about GADS which links Google with Active Directory that flags specific accounts to be sync’ing. Can sync almost any way you want, copy your AD or make up whatever you want.

Don’t forget that enrolling the device is very very easy and quick.

Cloudlock is an extra you can acquire which does some additional level of security as users interact with their Google Tools.

Delta did some work with AmplifiedIT as they started getting setup as they didn’t have anyone in-house who could do it all.

Google Classroom – students can register using the special code, or teachers can enroll them manually. Can share a google doc with everyone, can comment, can submit homework, etc. Great workflow! Really easy to send things back and forth.

Delta running two day bootcamp for teachers and they will get a free Chromebook for attending.

EdTechTeam running a Victoria Summit November 20-21 at Oak Bay High School. #gafesummit

Todd’s note: Seems like there isn’t a lot of Google deployment or Chromebook implementations here in B.C.Still an up and coming product.



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