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Bulloch schools go Google
Educators hope to provide safe, secure 24/7 virtual classroom
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The Bulloch County school system is going Google.The district has partnered with Google — at no cost — to host a secure, ad-free web portal known as Google Apps for Education.Students and Bulloch County Schools employees who log on to the district’s Google Apps for Education will be able to use Google applications to do such things as communicate via email and create, share and store documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Parents will not have their own accounts, though the school system does encourage parents to log in with their children.All of this can be done on any device that can access the Internet, and anything that is created on these apps is stored in the “cloud,” meaning users can log into their accounts and access their Google materials anywhere.During a school board meeting Thursday evening, board member Cheri Wagner expressed concern that using Google Apps could cause students to have even less exposure to basic skills they need to learn in school than they have now.“Some of our children have lost their communication skills because all of their communication is done through Facebook, through the Internet, basically,” she said. “So I just want to make sure this is going to be part of, not just solely” how students will do class work and homework.Superintendent Charles Wilson said: “This is a tool.
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