Three months ago, Google released an expansive application suite for government, businesses, and education institutions. Specific to non-profit education institutions is the fact that the core application services are completely free. The core services include customized Gmail, shared calendars, video chat, Google Docs, Google Sites, and more.
Google now seeks to fortify the depth of their application services with a brand new Google Apps Certification Program. Available globally, the Program helps EDU’s and other entities recognize professional service providers whose expertise includes Google Apps configuration and deployment.
Google is taking the Program quite seriously. The final exam lasts several hours and consists of one hundred or so multiple choice questions covering a host of topics. The exam is taken on a learning platform that locks computer activity outside of the test itself and is monitored by a Google representative via a special webcam that needs to be purchased by the certification candidate.
EDU’s have a considerable opportunity to save IT dollars and increase productivity through Google’s free Education Applications. Thousands of institutions have already made the move, and it is expected that Google will continue to grow the service’s capacity and support. To browse a list of EDU case studies, click here.
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