We chose Google Apps for Education because a number of teachers were already using the tools in their classroom, and parents were clamoring to switch to Google. We knew Chromebooks would be incredibly easy for students to use, and we tried Google Classroom because it makes for much easier classroom collaboration.
Before adopting Google Apps, Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) suffered frequent email outages. Teachers and administrators struggled to reconcile two disparate email and calendar systems, which led to miscommunications, delayed responses and missed meetings. Staff also had no way to meet remotely, so some administrators would travel over an to attend district-wide meetings.
Chief Technology Officer Traci Bonde migrated multiple domains to Google while ensuring teachers of various tech skill levels learned to use Google for Education. Now, teachers, students and staff have one unified email, calendar, and document sharing system. DUSD also introduced 7,000 Chromebooks in addition to its 3,000 existing ones across the district this year and launched a Google Classroom pilot program, which has received rave reviews from parents and teachers alike. Bonde’s team was able to improve district-wide communication, reduce time wasted on administrative issues, and encourage student collaboration on group projects.