Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cloud Computing? 
Cloud Computing is a term used to describe working on-line (or in the cloud). The other model we are all familiar with is Desktop Computing. In Cloud Computing all of our work is saved to the Internet, or Cloud- not the desktop. Cloud Computing has several benefits. Users can access their work from any computer  or supported device that is connected to the Internet. That means students can save a document at school and access it at home. Another benefit of Cloud Computing is the ability to share documents and collaborate between students. Also, there is no software to install and keep updated, and there are no license fees to use Google Apps For Education, our Cloud Computing solution. 

What are the recommended Web browsers?
Google supports the latest versions of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. For more information, please visit Google's documentation on supported browsers. We recommend using Chrome when accessing Google Apps for Education. 

Is Microsoft Office being taken away?
No. Microsoft office will still be installed on your computer. From what we have heard from other districts, once teachers see the power behind Google Docs many never even think about using Office for everyday document creation. 

Why would I want to use Google Docs over Microsoft Office? 
Documents that are created in Google Docs (or MS office documents that are converted)  are able to be accessed from anywhere and are able to shared with others within our CCSS Google Apps Domain. 

I have years of Microsoft Office Documents. Am I going to have to recreate all my spreadsheets, word documents and powerpoints?
Not at all. For the most part, Google Docs will import your office documents with little or no editing. For documents that are past the norm in complexity may require some tweaking once in Google Docs. Once that tweaking is complete, it will be ready to share across the CCSS domain. 

Is space limited in this site like it is in our home folders? 
We have very, very large quotas on space in Google Apps For Education. Essentially 
unlimited within reason. (another benefit) 

Will students have email? 
At the present time, High School students will get Google Apps For Education accounts, including Gmail but will only be able to send and receive mail inside the domain. Other students may get accounts at a later date depending on discussions by district leaders. 

I have a personal Gmail account, can I use that?
Not as you would a school account. You can still use your personal account and share items with your school account but you can not merge them into one. 

Why do we want to use this Google Apps for Education over regular google docs/gmail? 
Using our own Google Apps For Education, under, our email addresses will stay the same. This also allows us to control access. Using Google Docs we have no control. 

What happens to our old emails, contact and calendar events in Groupwise?
We are planning on transferring your messages from Groupwise to Google Apps for Education. Contacts may or may not depending on the type. Calendar events will not and have to be recreated in Google Apps. Once the transition have been completed, the Groupwise server will be taken offline an there will be no longer any access to that server. 

What is the advantage of using this calendar over the one we have in existing email? 
The Google Apps For Education calendar can be shared between people in our CCSS Google Apps domain.

Who has access to this site? 
Only CCSS students, teachers, and staff will get CCSS Google Apps For Education accounts. 

What is the "sites" section? 
Sites is a way of creating personal web pages in Google Apps For Education. In fact, this site is created in Google sites. If you take away the time that it took for content, it took very little time to make this site.