Tesda gets Google Apps grant for e-mail, collaboration needs

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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), the main government agency responsible for providing technical vocational education and training (TVET), on Friday, June 14, announced that it has partnered with Google for the free use of tech giant?s Google Apps for Education.

Tesda and Google officials during the formal launch of their partnership at the Tesda office in Taguig City

With the deal, Tesda employees, as well as vocational students, and trainers, will now have an access to a collaborative suite of free online apps through Google Apps for Education, which used by many educational institutions.

With Google Apps for Education, they will be able to send and receive e-mail with a @tesda.gov.ph domain name, store data and share documents with Drive, hold Web-based video conferences with Google+ Hangouts and build websites with Sites.

Top officials from Tesda were not able to give the equivalent amount in peso of the grant. Last year, the Department of Education also inked a similar arrangement with Google.

Tesda?s partnership with Google came in the same week in which the national government announced that it has bought licenses VMware for a new a new email system.

Tesda exec Patty dela Rama told the media at the launch event in Taguig City that she has secured the endorsement from the ASTI (Advanced Science and Technology Institute) to go ahead with the partnership with Google and just integrate the e-mail system with the government?s GovMail system.

According to plan, the project will first be implemented in the Tesda central office and will be expanded into the regional and provincial Tesda offices. It will also later on be used in Tesda Technology Institutes.

Between 50 to 80 Tesda information technology administrators and trainers from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will undergo training and workshop on using the various Google Apps for later implementation.

For the project, the following Google Apps would be made available:

Gmail — All Tesda employees and officials will have an email account that can be accessed using any device. The email user will each have 30GB of storage space shared between Gmail and Google Drive.

Google Drive — A free web-based office suite that allows users to create and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, and drawings in real-time as well as upload and share any file type.

Google Calendar — This will help Tesda easily coordinate work or class schedules, meetings and events online.

Google Hangout — It will provide a free Web-based video conference with up to 10 simultaneous users, which can be increased to 15 under Google+ premium services. It may be used to set up meetings and may also be integrated to the Tesda Online Program to facilitate communication between the trainees and instructors.

Google Sites — This free website creation tool allows one to publish a website. It can be used by Tesda to create websites for its regional and provincial offices as well as its Technology Institutions. Students can also create their personal website using this where they can upload their curriculum vitae, projects, profile, thus building an online portfolio.

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