Bernards Township School District

Google Apps for Education Description

What is Google Apps for Education?

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a suite of free, cloud based educational tools, hosted by Google and managed by Bernards Township schools. It provides the ability of Bernards Township School District staff and students to, store, create, share and collaborate in real time across any platform at anytime.

GAFE and Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills

"Digital Citizenship” and “21st Century Skills” are concepts which help teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills are more than just a teaching tool; using these tools can be a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Too often we see students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology. Students need to learn how to use these tools in a responsible and creative manner so that they may develop the skills necessary to use them in a world where technology is ubiquitous.  The two websites below provide insightful information on "Digital Citizenship” and “21st Century Skills”.

Why implement GAFE at Bernards Township Schools?

How Safe is Bernards Township School’s GAFE Domain?

Safety is our top priority, and Bernards Township GAFE domain implements modern security practices. All data stored on GAFE is our data; as contracted with Google to provide access to Google Apps for Education to its users (students and staff) in a closed and secure environment that is not accessible by anyone outside of BTSD. Google Apps is governed by detailed privacy policy and security measures which BTSD has reviewed and is satisfied they appropriately protect the privacy of its users of these tools. Under our Terms of Service Agreement with Google, like BTSD, they are obligated to comply with FERPA regulations and Children's Online Privacy Protection Act  (COPPA.) Additional information about GAFE security & privacy may be found here

Does Google have access to any personal information on students?

The Privacy terms of Google’s contract with BTSD, which will not be altered without notice, guarantee a free and ‘ad free’ environment within the Google interface. Google does not request any personal information from students and the District does not provide personal student data (ex.birthdate,address,phone number, grades, test scores) to Google. All personal information about students within BTSD systems is governed by BTSD BOE policies.