FAQ's -Google Apps for Education

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Google Apps for Education?

Holliston Public School's (HPS) Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is an integrated communication and collaboration solution, hosted by Google and managed by HPS.

How will it be used?  

Google Apps will provide the ability for students and teachers to store files and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time from school or home within a “closed campus” online environment.

What can my student/child do with Google Apps?  

Students will have easy access to their documents, spreadsheets, and presentations within Google Docs. In addition, students will have additional storage for other files they may need to use between home and school. As the use of HPS Google Apps continues, there may be other features that are added within Google Apps for Education.  

Computer Access

What if I don’t have a computer, how is my child going to get to use it?

The use of HPS Google Apps for Education is part of the instructional program and students have many opportunities to work in their HPS Google Apps account during the school day.  Because HPS Google Apps for Education is safe and web based, it can be accessed from the public library or other places where computers are available.

Should I get my child their own computer?

The use of HPS Google Apps for Education does not require students to have their own computer or any other personal device.  That is an individual family decision. 

Will my child be required to access HPS at home?

The instructional use of HPS Google Apps for Education is optional, with decisions about GAFE in the classroom often made at the school level by teachers. Since GAFE is accessible from any device with access to the Internet, your child does have the opportunity to log in to his or her HPS Google Apps account from home to access their information or work on their documents, and collaborate on shared documents with other students and/or their teacher.

Why can’t my child e-mail me with this account? 

HPS Google Apps is a “restricted environment.”  It will not allow students to send or receive email.  You will not be able to email your student.