Google Apps for Education Resources
(Special thanks to Kern Kelly and Hank Thiele for many of these resources.
More available from them at links below)

Google Apps Suite includes:
  • Docs
  • Sites
  • Calendar
  • Video
  • Contacts
  • Chat - uses Google Talk which is PC only
  • Mobile
  • Groups (user-managedl)
  • Mail
  • Google Apps Marketplace - this includes additional apps you can choose to include. Example: Aviary - a suite of 7 flash-based photo-editing/design apps
  • Google Apps Engine
*Note: any service can be turned off by the administrator

How are Apps being used in school? Check this page including the slides starting with slide 14.

Resources from Google:

Google blogs about updates to Google Apps (all versions, not just Education). Don't forget that you can sign up to receive the updates via email.

  • Features available
    • Message Security (free for the duration of your GAE contract, if you sign up by July 2010)
      • Email content policies to limit inbound and outbound email messages
      • Email attachment policies to quarantine or block specific file types such as mp3 or media files
      • Email footers for all outbound messages
      • Encryption using standard TLS protocols
      • Additional layer of spam and virus protection
      • User account synchronization with Google Apps Education Edition
    • Message Discovery (Additional Fee)
      • Archiving for up to 10 years
      • Set retention periods to comply with corporate policies
      • Provide cross-archive search capabilities for administrators
      • Implement litigation holds to preserve messages
      • Recover and export messages for further review
  • Getting Started

Additional information and slides are available from the March 2010 Google Teachers Academy for Administrators. Look at Kern Kelly's overview or Hank Thiele's presentation on Apps administration.