Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Getting Users used to the Cloud

The cloud is coming for our school email. We have around 1,200 Groupwise users, all staff have an email address. For me that means teachers, administrators, maintenance staff, supervisory staff, etc, quite a diverse group. We have had Groupwise for years and years and now are getting ready to move to our next step, Google Mail in the Google Apps for EDU.

My boss (Hank Thiele) and I attended a Google Teacher summit at the Googleplex earlier this year (he was a panelist) and one of my favorite parts was hearing the actual project managers from Google talk about the best practice for use of their products. One major takeaway regarding Google mail was the idea that folders (used heavily in our environment) was something to be replaced, more directly by using tags, but in the end, it might be even better to simply archive EVERYTHING that comes in, relying on the Google search features to find your communications. We'll see how that flies at District 207.