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Google Apps vs Office 365

Started by Shanthan Naidu 19 Aug 2013 10:18am () Replies (11)

Which way do we go to meet the needs of the learners? - keeping mind we are tansitioning to become a fully operational BYOD school by the start of 2015. We have had teachers trial Google apps with great success -- I have not used 365 as yet. Anyone that has used both applications can you provide any feedback/forward?


  • Rob Clarke (View all users posts) 28 Aug 2013 1:05pm ()

    I would check out hapara teacher dashboard and remote which will help you greatly in a large implementation.


  • Shanthan Naidu (View all users posts) 29 Aug 2013 8:27pm ()

    Had a look and it is exactly something that we need to trial. Something I will be looking into this week. Will contact you if we take this beyond the "discussion" phase Rob.Thank you.

  • iDave (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2013 2:29pm ()

    Also look at the tools that each offer and what your students/teachers might use.  We find Google sites and Google Forms are used by many in our school.  Being able to link school accounts with other (Google) services like Blogger and Youtube is very convenient and having added Hapara to our set up has made the Google suite even more useful to teachers (there is a cost to Hapara though).

  • Fastpaddy (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2013 2:14pm ()

    365 and Google Apps will cost to set up unless you have your own techie on board, or a teacher who understands how to set the whole thing up. After that both are free. Of course, Microsoft is willing to sell you extras, but the education version of 365 is easily adequate for the needs of most schools. Google Apps is simpler to set up than 365. However, once either 365 or Apps is set up, there should be no difference in technical issues faced by teachers as the 365 system works much in the way as Google, using skydrive which is similar to the Google Drive. 

  • John Graves (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2013 12:20pm ()

    Google Apps users have several Google+ communities of educators to draw on for support and advice:

    Using Google Apps as a Free Learning Management System 1,155 members

    Google Apps for Education 13,659 members

    Google Apps in Education 12,147 members

    20% Time in Education 374 members 

    and the Google Hangout on Air tool was used for the first time on 20 July 2013 for a professional development unconference

    edcampHOME 186 members - reviews

    What similar community resources exist for 365?

  • Shanthan Naidu (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2013 12:20pm ()

    Yes - defnitely a debate we have and seem to go around in circles. Glad to know that your staff found using google drive and finding it easy to pick up. Very interesting - so you have office 365 and it is optional to use Ros? Is there a financial outlay to using 365?

  • RosL (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2013 1:06pm ()

    Hi Shanthan

    What I meant was that we still have Office software on our school computers so that teachers who want to use it for preparing documents can do so.  If the documents are highly formatted but don't need to be edited by students then they can upload these to Google Drive in pdf format which keeps the formatting intact.  They can also have SkyDrive on their laptops if they want it, but they don't have the full Office 365 functionality. 

  • RosL (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2013 12:00pm ()

    We have been looking at this too.  We have opted for Google Apps because we like the simplicity of the solution.  We were concerned about the technical issues of implementing 365 and the impact that those issues might have on staff.  We now have a large number off staff playing with Google Drive anyway and finding it easy to pick up.  We will still have Office which staff can use if they choose to.  Most staff have simple formatting needs and can convert documents to pdf, which Google can handle, if they want to.

    Another of those pros and cons debates .... Cry

  • Fastpaddy (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2013 10:53am ()

    Both are good. 365 is more technical to set up in your school. However, beneficial if you have Microsoft Exchange server. I found that at our school, teachers struggled moving from one version of office to the next, so having a google apps document or spreadsheet which did not conform to  office formatting would cause problems with teacher take up - this has been the sole reason for choosing 365 over apps. Apps hangouts and circles are better than 365 equivalent (my opinion only).

  • Shanthan Naidu (View all users posts) 19 Aug 2013 11:22am ()

    Great - thank you for your feedback.

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