Friday, October 31, 2014

Transform your Government with Google Apps

For years Google Apps for Government has enabled federal, state and local governments to improve productivity and reduce costs. RTW Mobile has previously posted about the many customer successes in the government sector. To give these stories a more personal feel, and so that you can relate them to your specific function in government, Google also publishes first hand accounts from Government Transformers.

These government leaders share their experiences in going Google and how specific Google Apps for Government functions save them time and money. Contact RTW Mobile to learn how Google Apps for Government can improve communication with your constituents.

Google Apps for Education Admin App for Android

If you're a super admin for your Google Apps domain then you should be aware of the Google Admin app for Android. This app allows super admins to manage their Google for Work domain suing your Android phones and tablets. Use it to manage users and groups, contact support, view audit logs, check notifications and do other common administrative tasks. Google recently updated the app to include the following new features:
  • Optional 4-digit PIN that works across devices: Added an optional and convenient 4-digit PIN for secure access to the app. You can use the same PIN while logging into the app from any device.
  • Ability to switch between multiple accounts: Admins who manage multiple domains can now do so from the app without logging out and logging in
  • Accessibility compliance: The app is now accessibility compliant on all primary flows and use cases
  • New icons and other fixes: The app now features new sharper icons; several bugs have been fixed

Note that this app works for super admins only and requires API access to be enabled.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

State, County and City Governments Share Going Google Experiences

For any governmental organization looking to improve productivity and reduce costs with cloud solutions, make sure to review the many published Google Apps for Government customer stories.

As an authorized Google Apps for Work partner, RTW Mobile helps government leaders use Google Apps to better serve its constituency.  One interesting story describes the Lake Havasu Police Department's use of Google Apps for Government. Check out the short video below or read the original post from the Official Google for Wok Blog.

RTW Mobile helps leaders understand how Google Apps for Government enables better government services. With easy to use and manage cloud solutions, government teams streamline process while allowing teams to work the way they live.

5 Improvements to Google Classroom

As reported in the official feed from the Google Apps team, last week Google announced five improvements to Classroom. These improvements focus on things educators and students around the world said were most important to them:

  • Groups integration: Ability to pre-populate classes using existing Google Groups. If your school uses tools like School Directory Sync, admins can sync class rosters from the student information system (SIS) into Groups.
  • Mark assignments as “done”: Students can mark assignments as complete even if there's nothing to turn in (e.g. watch a video, read a chapter, bring something to class)
  • Export all grades: Teachers will now have the ability to download grades for all assignments at once, making it easier to export assignments to any gradebook
  • Sorting: Teachers can now choose to sort students by first or last name, depending on their needs
  • Greater teacher controls: Teachers can now set permissions for whether or not their class can post or comment in the stream, they can mute individual students from posting or commenting and can even view previously deleted items in the stream

Friday, October 10, 2014

Video Call Links in Apps for Government Domains

Back in August, Google added automatic video call links in new Calendar events for Google Apps for Business and Education customers. Now, Google is bringing this functionality to all Google Apps for Government domains.
With this update, Calendar events created by Google Apps for Government customers will automatically include Hangouts video call links. This applies to people with and without access to Google+, with either Google Talk or Google Hangouts chat enabled.

Google Rolls Out Drive for Education

Google announces that Drive for Education, with unlimited storage and enhanced administrative controls, is now available to the Google Apps for Education platform. In the coming months, the following features will be added to all Google Apps for Education accounts at no charge:  

  • Unlimited storage: Store as many Google Drive files, Gmail messages, and Google+ photos as you need. Individual file sizes up to 5TB will be supported.
  • Vault: Use Google Apps Vault to archive emails and chats, to search Drive files, and to preserve important information for your organization.
  • Enhanced auditing and controls: Gain insights from new activity and audit reports for Google Drive.

RTW Mobile helps educators get the most from their Google Apps suite by providing consulting, deployment and support services.