In 2015, Ridgefield School District adopted Google Apps for Education (GAFE) for use across the district for all faculty and students in grades 2-12. GAFE is a core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for free. These communication and collaboration apps include Google Classroom, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sites, and Slides. Additionally, a GAFE account unlocks access to dozens of other collaborative tools supported by Google. All of these applications exists online (or in the Cloud), meaning that all apps and materials can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection.
Google Classroom is an online learning management system that teachers and students at Ridgefield are engaging in at various levels. Google describes Classroom as a: " mission control for class. Create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Instant. Paperless. Easy."
With Drive, students and staff can save work files in the cloud to create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations right in their browser. Multiple people can work at the same time and every change is saved automatically. students can access their files from any device and share them instantly.
GAFE features DOCS- a word processing program that allows students and staff ways to write and collaborate.
Calendars allow students and staff to spend less time planning and more time doing. Calendars are shareable and integrate seamlessly with Google Classroom.
Sites allow students and staff to launch websites for their class, their team or a project without writing a single line of code.