Google Apps for Dummies
September 5, 2012 3:34 PM Subscribe
I want to love Google Apps for Education. On the surface it does everything we want it to do, provide emails for students, offer individual log-in, save items on the Google Server rather than individual computers, provide simple document software, etc. Except that it doesn't.....
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We set up our Google Apps for Education domain last year. When I say we, I mean, that I did as the resident non-tech, techy person. When it works it is great, however, it doesn't work a lot of the time.
I'm not sure if our issues are globally with the whole thing or just individual issues that add up so that it feels like we have a bigger problem than we do.
Here are the problems we are having with the Google Docs.
Server issues: For example two days ago I created a form via the Google Forms. I haven't been able to access it since and I keep getting a server error. I can see all my other documents just fine.
Excel Issues: The spreadsheet lines don't exactly line up. It is very difficult to tell which lines you are writing on when looking at the actual spreadsheet area.
Connectivity and Slowness: When a group of students are all working on a document it goes sloooooww. I understand when using a small website that things would go slower, but this is Google right? We shouldn't be slowing down something from Google.
The issues could probably just keep going on and on, but my main question is this: Are there elementary/middle schools using Google Apps for Education effectively? What secrets do they have? I feel like I hear about this every time I go to a conference, but the reality is so wieldy and clunky.