The Google Apps service is an application of cloud computing. Applying Google Apps into universities and colleges will save much cost for the technology’s budget of the school. Besides familiar services such as Google search, gmail, key word ads, etc., Google has a portfolio includes hundreds of products which are free license of use for all educational firms all over the world. But to other firms that is not relate to education, Google charge $ 50 USD / account / year for using those products. The tools of Google Apps has been one of the projects that has been successfully developed by a group of students so they want to support all the educational firms as a “reward” for the college where they has been successful with this meaningful project. On the other hand, the education market is a huge market for spreading the technology so this is the best way for Google to implement marketing their products.
There are hundreds of applications for education aspect and the make use of this application to improve the ability of research and learning is really necessary. This is a good opportunity for education, especially with both teachers and students. To serve educational aspect, besides the usual free application like email, calendar (appointments), talk (chat), Google also provides a variety of free support services such as Docs (text browser), Site (internal website), Video, Group (group discussion) … in order to make the learning environment more diverse and lively. These applications are built on the foundation of cloud computing so they bring more benefits to the school. The school does not need to invest in a server system, no need to buy the copyright or perform the maintenance as well as decrease risk and effort on the operation of the IT systems in schools.
The application of cloud computing for education has at first brought the following benefits:
- Help school to market and build their images easily
- Reduced costs on email construction and maintenance
- Help schools to join in Google’s cloud computing community
- Achieve 4 no (no server, no maintenance, no risks, no license)
- Reduce costs related to communication and management on staff, student and employees
- Support the trainer about the space for storing their documents
- Supports stable email system for each trainer
- Increase the exchange of information between departments of school via the Intranet system.
What mentioned above are some of many benefits that cloud computing brings to educational organizations. It is clearly that, the decision on freely investing on education aspect of Google is a wise decision. This makes Google as well as cloud computing have the ability to rapidly develop in the near future.
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