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New York, N.Y. (Oct. 5, 2010) – New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) today announced a new K-12 education initiative to bring Google Apps for Education to all school districts throughout New York State as part of an agreement with New York State Teachers Centers and associated BOCES, United Federation of Teachers (UFT), New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), and New York State professional organizations.
Google Apps for Education provides email, documents, and collaboration to over 8 million students today and is free for educational institutions.
“Google Apps not only has the core tool sets used by schools, but they are natively built to encourage collaboration and interaction between teachers and students in schools and across districts,” said Stanley Silverman, director of Technology Based Learning Systems and professor in NYIT’s School of Education. “This set of capabilities encourages the development of every student’s 21st-century skills while mastering the core learning standards.”
The agreement, which will provide Google Apps for Education access and training to all New York K-12 classrooms, was presented today at a press conference at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Through this agreement, 697 public school districts and all non-public and charter schools will have access to Google Apps, ultimately reaching more than 3.1 million students throughout New York state.
Each district has the opportunity to choose its own resources, and there is no cost for school districts to implement Google Apps in their classrooms. NYIT will develop the system of training of certified trainers and the training will be provided by local Teacher Centers and associated BOCES, or professional organizations.
"This initiative does two very important things: It demonstrates the good that public-private partnerships can accomplish, and it recognizes the valuable role of teacher centers and all of New York's education community in working together to enhance student performance, " said Richard C. Iannuzzi, president of NYSUT, which will be implementing training for teachers throughout New York State.
“Technology, particularly email and collaboration tools, is critical to education,” said Jaime Casap, Google Apps Education Manager. “Being from New York, I am thrilled that Google is working with NYIT and partners to bring Google Apps to the schools of the 3.1 million students and hundreds of thousands of teachers in the Empire State.”
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The Google Apps for Education Initiative Comes to New York (Search Engine Journal)
New York State Educational System Goes Google (Web Pro News)
New York Schools Go Google (Read Write Web)
Google Apps Now In A New York State Of Mind (Crunch Dot)
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