Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Google Apps Bus stops at the beginning

Back in October 2006, the Google Apps team met with Adrian Sannier, the Chief Technology Officer at Arizona State University. Just two weeks later we announced that ASU was the first major university to fully deploy Google Apps to its 65,000 students. The rest, as they say, is history.

Almost two years later, the Google App to School bus pulled into Arizona State University and met with over a thousand students, faculty, and staff using Google Apps. Since ASU was one of our first deployments, we were excited to get feedback from the students who have been using the tools the longest. We received some great feedback from students on what they liked and what they would like to see in the future. We also wanted to reach people who were using Gmail and Calendar, but may not be as familiar with some of the other powerful collaboration tools they have with Google Apps, including Docs and Sites. We got a kick out of watching students' eyes light up when they learned something new about what they could do. Google Sites was a big hit as was the new forms feature in Docs. In fact, one student was literally jumping up and down because she had to put a survey together for a class project this weekend and was so excited that she ran straight home to use forms!

Besides all the students who stopped by, several folks from ASU's Technology Office came to hang out. Adrian Sannier came out and spent two hours talking to media, Googlers, and ASU students about Google Apps. In fact, when he wasn't behind the wheel of the bus, we often caught him in the tent running a demo for students and faculty.

Overall, it was a day of learning but also a day of celebration. Arizona State University became the first answer to the question: "so who is actually using Google Apps?" so we had a lot of fun expanding this great partnership.

Check out more photos and videos from the road at

Posted by Jaime Casap, Business Development, Google Apps for Education

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