Google Apps for Education
From Nairobi to Wisconsin, Google Apps for Education has transformed education across the globe. Allowing more control over the students learning environment, Wisconsin Schools currently have a statewide contract with the program. Beginning in middle-school, all students are required to purchase a chromebook. The chromebook is affordable, light, easy to carry, and offers internet access to apps and other web resources. Through “the cloud,” teachers, staff and students can easily collaborate and share within an internet learning environment.
Google HP Chromebook
Google has recently unveiled the HP Chromebook II. Although this laptop is more expensive that the previous versions, it’s still reasonably priced under $300. The cromebook is extremely fast, light-weight, supports 3G and 4G data plans, has a 6-hour battery life, beautiful screen display, and carries the Google name. There’s no need to purchase anti-virus or malware protection programs because Google has this built-in the system. All information is stored on “The Cloud,” meaning that this “WiFi-only” computer is dependent upon the internet to utilize its apps.
Safe Google Cloud Computing
The simple explanation regarding how “The Cloud” works is that your data is saved on remote servers so you can access the information from any device, at any time, from anywhere. “Cloud computing,” refers to the practice of moving apps and data to these servers, which is then shared among a number of people. All of this ‘sharing’ leads to some questions about security risk. Below are some simple steps that you can take to protect the information you store in cyberspace.
- Password Protect Data
- Store passwords offline
- Practice Safe Webbing
- Update your web browser often
- Don’t share personal information on the cloud
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Through a series of events and initiatives across the country, public and private sector partners raise awareness and educate Americans about cyber security. Identifying challenges for the next ten years, each week this month has been dedicated to a different cyber security issue.