UP is latest gov?t agency to go Google

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[/caption] Google Apps for Education is a free suite of hosted email and collaboration applications such as online productivity suites offered by Google for schools and universities. The Commission of Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Education (DepEd) both migrated their system to Google last year. Tesda has also recently gone Google, which means the entire education department of the Philippines is now using the Google suite. UP?s turn came this week when the school officially launched the project at the Engineering Theater in UP Diliman. Once completely rolled out to all campuses, the project is expected to benefit more than 70,000 members of the UP community composed of students, faculty, and staff. With Google Apps for Education, they will be provided with 30 GB inbox space, greater file-sharing capacity, and a supportive environment for online collaboration. Using Google Drive, students can access and edit their files from any Internet browser. And on Google Drive?s Slides app, a professor in UP Mindanao will be able to collaborate on a presentation with his colleagues in other UP campuses in real time; on the Docs app, students can upload their papers, and teachers will then be able to make their notes and comments online, hence lessening the use of paper in the classroom. On Google Calendar, staff members can create and share calendars where they can coordinate and schedule meetings. With Google Hangouts, it?s possible to do real-time videoconferencing with colleagues in schools abroad, using up to ten screens. UP assistant vice president for development Jaime D.L. Caro said the Google services is just one of the components of the eUP project. ?In time, these accounts will be synced with the user credentials needed to access the information systems that will be deployed in phases to the campuses,? he said. Also at the UP launch event were Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University who have gone Google in 2012 and early this year. ?Google is committed to education so we are more than willing to assist higher education institutions who want to use our tools for a more collaborative learning experience,? said Janet Yoon, Google Apps Supporting Programs (GASP) lead for the Philippines who has been working since 2012 on engaging Philippine schools for the systems migration. Also formally launching on the same day their adoption of Google Apps for Education as part of their vision to bring better education to students are: Adamson University, Asian Institute of Maritime Studies, Ateneo de Zamboanga, Berkeley School, Eastern Visayas State University, Educational Systems Technological Institute, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, Immaculate Conception Academy, La Salle University – Ozamiz, Miriam College, Rizal Technological University, Siliman University, St. Paul University, St. Scholastica’s College, and University of San Jose Recoletos. Other universities that have earlier migrated to, or are in the process of adopting the Google Apps for Education, include AMA Computer University, Angeles University Foundation, Assumption College, Baguio Patriotic School, Bicol University, Cebu Institute of Technology University, Centro Escolar University, Colegio De San Juan De Letran, De La Salle Santiago Zobel, Lyceum of the Philippines, Mapua Institute Of Technology, Mindanao University of Science and Technology, Misamis University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Women’s University, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, St. Joseph?s College, St. Jude College, STI, Technological Institute of the Philippines, University of Baguio, Universidad de Zamboanga, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, University of the East, University of Santo Tomas ICS department and St. Louis University. AMA has the biggest number of migration so far with 150,000 students, faculty and staff, including those in their international campus in Bahrain.]]>

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