There are 50 States that make up the United States of America, but that hasn’t prevented Google’s march on getting as many, if not all State education departments to switch to Google Apps for Education.
The latest to switch is Rhode Island, commonly known in that part of the country as the Ocean State.
Rhode Island’s education department decided to migrate its IT systems over to Google as a result of work carried out by the Rhode Island Society of Technology Educators (RISTE), a not for profit organisation specialising in promoting educational technology in the state’s K-12 schools. K-12 is a reference to a particular age group (16-19) in high schools, both private and state (aka public in the USA).
Excited at the prospect of using Google Apps for Education in his own district’s schools, Paul Barrette, Director of Technology at the Burrillville School Department in Rhode Island told googleenterprise.blogspot.co.uk: “Google Apps…integrates very well with a wide variety of handheld and portable devices making it a perfect fit with the ways that teachers and students are now accessing technology.”
One of the benefits that Google offers teachers and students is the ease with which work can easily be written, sent, marked and returned, making this aspect of teaching and learning more efficient.
Rhode Island, as intimated above, is now one of three US States who have moved their education departments to Google. The other two are Oregon and Missouri. Oregon switched about 12 months ago, while Missouri switched just a few months ago.