Wisconsin Schools Do Deal With Google, Will Use Apps In Classrooms

Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 8:01 am

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has reached a deal with Google Inc. to allow the state’s public schools to use the Google Apps for Education software.

The software includes email, chat, a calendar system, a video platform and other services including voicemail and telephone management.
The education department said in a release Thursday using the software will allow districts to reduce costs associated with maintaining their existing software.

The state signed a contract with Google but the software is being provided for free. The state is negotiating volume discounts from Google for add-ons districts may wish to purchase.

Google says it has similar agreements with seven other states. They are Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island.

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