Friday, September 26, 2014

Google Apps for Education - Other Side of the Fence

When Google introduced Classroom, a set of features the Google Apps for Education suite, RTW Mobile reported on it from the perspective as a reseller. Now that school has started, we can now share our experiences with Classroom from the perspective of users.

Our local school district migrated to Google Apps for Education several years ago in an effort to save taxpayer money. What they found was a set of tools that made teachers and staff more productive no matter where they were located. If that wasn't enough, the district introduced Google Apps for Education accounts for all students. Within just a few years, students are using these accounts to communicate and collaborate with teachers.

So it should not be surprising that teachers immediately incorporated Classroom into their curriculum. My children simply log into their accounts to access and complete assignments from various teachers. A simple "Turn in" button allows them to easily submit their work when they've finished an assignment. Just the other night my daughter jumped on the computer to complete and submit her presentation after returning home from soccer practice. No time wasted with thumb drives or transferring her work.

They say that technology doesn't dramatically help society until the idea turns into a tangible product. With Classroom, Google has again demonstrated it's ability to help society by taking an idea and delivering a product that helps teachers, students and parents.

Google Apps for Government - County Government Focus

We discussed Google Apps for Government many times on this blog, pointing out the value to federal, state and local governments. An often overlooked area of local government is that of county government, however, these organizations play a critical role in bringing together separate and distinct municipalities.

Fortunately, there are many county government success stories we can point to for highlighting how Google Apps for Government saved time and money, while improving services to constituents. When you have a chance, we recommend you viewing some of them:

Larimer County, Colorado

Multnomah County, Oregon

Friday, September 19, 2014

Go Through the Cloud to get to Mars

People envision many things when thinking about Mars. Little green creatures, a red planet and even passing through clouds on the way to outer space. But it's a different kind of cloud that NASA is using to make images of Mars available to scientists and the public. NASA is using cloud computing to share images taken by its Curiosity rover.

This is just one example of government using the cloud to improve it's mission of serving the public. Back down on earth, government organizations from the federal down to the local level are using cloud computing solutions like Google Apps for Government to better server their constituents. There are many published success stories that highlight the benefits:

  • Reduced licensing and infrastructure costs that will help balance budgets.
  • Staying connected from anywhere so governments can better serve the community when they are actually out in the community.
  • Increased security and reliability with encryption, authentication and redundancy.
  • Improved collaboration and information sharing.
RTW Mobile helps local government organizations understand and plan their transition to cloud services.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Improving Education at Every Level

Schools at every level - from Early Childhood to Higher education - are using Google Apps to discover a better way of learning (and teaching). Key benefits include:

  • Security and Privacy - dozens of critical security features specifically designed to keep data safe, secure and in your control.Google data centers provides exceptional security and guarantees* reliable access to your data, 24x7x365.
  • Students and Staff stay connected anywhere - everything is automatically saved in the cloud so emails, documents, calendar and other information can be accessed and edited on almost any mobile device and tablet, whether in school, at home or on the go.
  • Accomplish more in less time - acedemic tasks, like writing and scheduling - are streamlined with real time colaboration and anytime, anywhere access to assignments and work in progress. Students can begin work in school and continue their work at home on a different computer/device without worrying about flash drives or emailing files.
  • Users are already familiar with these tools because millions of teachers and students are already using them.
See how schools are using Google Apps...from New York (video below) to Oregon.

Learn how RTW Mobile clients are using Google Apps to improve education. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Google Apps for WORK

The big news this week is that Google Apps for Business will now be known as Google Apps for Work - same great solutions, just wrapped in a new, probably more appropriate name. So many new features have rolled out recently, we wanted to highlight a few for review.

The new Drive interface has rolled out to most of you at this point. If you do not see it yet, it will be there soon. A little faster, streamlined navigation, with a host of new features, the new Drive will make work just a little bit easier. Meet the new Drive and review the video to learn about your new Drive. 

As you become more mobile and spend time away from your desks, it's important to make sure you have access to all of your info regardless of where you are or what device you are using.  Review accessing your data - any file on any device and be sure to visit the App store or Play store to get the latest Google Apps for your tablets and phone 

Lastly on Drive, for now, is using the new Docs editor home screens to easily find and create the right file at the right time. These new home screens serve as a central place to collect your documents in Docs, your spreadsheets in Sheets and your Presentations in Slides. This is similar to opening Word to access documents or Excel to access Spreadsheets. To create or work with your files, you can access each of your home screens at the following:
You can still go directly to your Drive, but some of you may like working with your new home screens more.

Finally we'd like to introduce you to The Apps Show. A weekly broadcast of tips and tricks on how to use Google Apps better.

Please forward along to your coworkers. If you would like to schedule time to review these (or other new features), let us know, we're happy to help.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Google Apps for Government Data is Secure - FISMA Compliance

Google Apps for Government has been FISMA compliant since 2010 and many U.S. government customers are already using them. A few examples include the U.S. Department of Energy's Berkely Lab, City of Los Angeles, CA, and City of Wooster, OH.

The Federal Information Security Management Act ("FISMA") applies to information systems that are used by U.S. federal government agencies and it helps ensure that these systems are secure. The General Services Administration reviewed Google's documented security controls and issued the FISMA certification and accreditation. This allows government customers at all levels to have confidence in moving the Google Apps for Government.

Gmail             Calendar             Drive

Google Apps for Government is available to any federal, state or local governments in the United States. RTW Mobile is a Google Apps Authorized Reseller that specializes is in helping local governments migrate to the cloud.