SCHOOLS SAVE MONEY WITH GOOGLE APPS

It turns out that using Google Apps for online collaboration, spreadsheets and word processing saves schools a big chunk of dough.  The state of Oregon converted all its schools to Google Apps and saved $1.5 million a year. In Illinois, just one school district making the change saved $160,000. In Maine, science students are using Google spreadsheets to organize data collected in the field.

Big reasons for the savings: No need to buy software  and no need for expensive information technology workers to keep programs updated. You can find these free programs by going to Google.com/apps. Corporate users must pay a fee, but schools and individuals do not. More info here.

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