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Google Apps for Education & Federated Access Management

This year, I have the pleasure of collaborating with many of my colleagues on some exciting teams and committees. One of the benefits of this is the exchange of information. Here are two resources that I was introduced to by Massimo Di Pierro:

Google Apps for Education

Google Apps for Education is a hosted solution for university email, calendar, and chat. The suite includes:

  • Gmail: Email storage and search tools that help your students find information fast and instant messaging from right inside their accounts.
  • Google Calendar: Students can organize their schedules and share events and calendars with others.
  • Google Talk: Students can call or send instant messages to their contacts for free anytime, anywhere in the world.
  • Google Docs: Share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Collaborate in real-time with your team or with your whole school. You can publish final documents to the entire world, too.
  • Google Sites: Work together to keep related documents, web content and other information in one place, on one site.
  • Google Video for education: A video hosting and sharing solution that enables schools and other organizations to use video as an effective medium for internal communication and collaboration.

I must admit to still being a little wary of using Google for email, but I have less reservations about the other applications.

Federated Access Management

Federated Access Management is a way of providing single sign-on across multiple domains.
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