Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dear Parents,

As a part of our learning this year, we will be using Google Apps for Education.  These applications will enhance the student’s ability to access, collaborate and share what they have been learning in school.    

The following is a brief peek at the Google Apps:

Google Docs: An online word document, spreadsheet, and presentation application.  Students will be able to work on projects at school and at home.  Students will also be able to collaborate on projects from their own home.

Google Calendar: An online tool that can be used to create or share important dates or events.

Google Sites: A website design tool used for student projects and ePortfolios.

Gmail: An email address that can only be used to email students, teachers, and parents. The system filters each email and scans for a variety of offensive words. When an email has been identified as having offensive language a copy is automatically sent to the principal.

This week permission forms were sent home with each student. I need your permission to allow your child to use these tools.  Please read through the permission forms with your child.  Please sign the Google Apps form stating that you give your child permission to participate in these learning tools.  Students will also review this information at school, but because they will be using these tools at home, the home/school communication and collaboration is important.

I feel this is a great opportunity for our students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

In service to children,

Mr. Gallwitz

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