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Using Google to Save Money in Places You Didn’t Expect

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November 1, 2016

There are many schools that have discovered Google Apps for Education, or as it’s called now G Suite for Education. Schools and districts statewide have found uses for Gmail, Google Drive and Google Classroom.

On top of that, many districts have found the benefit of using Chromebooks and other Chrome devices. They’re affordable, durable and work great with the suite of tools Google provides. They’re also very easy for schools to roll out and manage. It cuts down on IT costs and makes getting devices into the classroom very easy.

As we’ve covered before here in this newsletter, Google has Chromebooks, Chromeboxes,  Chromebases and Chromebits.

This isn’t news to anyone. But Google also provides devices and hardware for solutions that small schools typically can’t afford. Google has video equipment for video conferencing, digital signage and kiosks as well, so let's explore what these solutions can do for you:

Video conferencing

Most schools would love to incorporate long-distance learning technology, but typical video conferencing carts cost a small fortune. Google has packages available for different size groups and different size rooms. If you’ve been looking to incorporate conferencing equipment you should check out what Google has to offer here:

https://enterprise.google.com/chrome/video-conferencing/

Digital signage

Google has a great selection of tools to be used for digital signage as well. If you’re a district that would like to use digital signage on your campus but you haven’t been able to afford expensive enterprise solutions, the good news is that Google has devices that will work for you, from Chromebits and Chromebases to a specially-designed rugged Chromebox to survive in challenging situations. You can see digital signage solutions here:

https://enterprise.google.com/chrome/digital-signage/#_

Kiosks

And lastly, Google has a great solution for kiosks and wayfinders. If you wanted to place an information kiosk in your lobby or have interactive digital stations for your patrons or students, Google also has products and solutions centered around that as well. You can see them here:

https://enterprise.google.com/chrome/kiosks-for-customers/

If you’ve been looking for solutions in this area, feel free to reach out to me and I’ve love to help you figure out how to get the most out of these tools for your school and districts!

If you’d like to see Google’s suite of enterprise products you can view them here:

https://enterprise.google.com/chrome/

About the Author

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Ben Parker

Director, Technology

Ben serves as Director of Technology for the OPSRC. In this role, he will provide support to schools on technical issues and training on pressing technology topics. Ben will assist partner schools with trainings, comprehensive technology plans, e-Rate applications, technology purchasing consultation, and other school and district technology decisions.

Prior to working with OPSRC, Ben was the Director of Technology for the Locust Grove Public School District. Ben implemented a 1:1 tablet program in Locust Grove that saw 6th-12th graders go paperless in the classroom.

In his free time, Ben likes to read and play the drums.

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