I guess I'm pretty lucky to be where I am. I'm with a large school board (152,000 students, aprox. 10,000 full-time teachers) and consequently, we have a pretty good set-up within our own system.
We have our own intra-net for our board and we can access anything ('ceptin porn and things like that!) from our system. We have our own email and addresses with our board and everything 'school' within our board can be accessed. I can even access my personal email from the board. They have a firewall in place and the security checks in place that block us or the students from places we shouldn't be.
We can use Microsoft Office/Open Office documents as both software programs are available for use. Anything, as much as we want, can be stored in our own private drive on the computer and, if we want to make those documents available to others in our own school or to anyone else in our board, we can do that too.
Of course, we have a huge 'tech' department that supports the whole thing. Gargantuan. I'm more and more amazed by what I find on the site. How did people manage before the internet/intranet? (I'm a dinosaur myself so I do remember the old way.... how did we do it?)
I might like it better when I get my laptop (maybe tomorrow!). My classroom computer is about 10 years old and really s l o w, and gd freezes up a lot. My real complaint is that when I type a paper, I need to change it for one of my visually impaired students. I use a larger font and change from portrait to landscape orientation - I lose about a third of what I typed. Right in the middle of the document. ??? I can copy & paste into a new doc, but I sure waste a large amount of time fiddling with it.
I do like accessing docs from anywhere. But.
So far, I like Word better.
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Absolutely loving it and spreading the word to all my teachers. All my lesson plans, movies, Smart Board lessons, templates, etc. are stored on there. For $5 more I got 2 GB more space, I don't think I'll ever fill that up. We are not allowed to use flash (thumb) drives on the school computers so storage is a problem and Google Docs is great. I also use the shared calendar to schedule the computer lab and can put in when I am out for training, etc. so the teachers know they are on their own.
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