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In recognition of World Teachers’ Day, Google used its blog site to honor teachers worldwide, and to announce that as of October 1st, more than 200 million students, faculty and staff use Google Apps for Education. If you’re not an educator or student, you may not know about Google Apps for Education, a free web-based email, calendar and documents service.

Google says that as a tribute to teachers, it will be highlighting this week on its Google in Education Google+ how a few teachers are using the Google Apps in the work they do.

The Google Apps for Education includes most tools provided to regular Google users, including Gmail, Docs, Google Drive, Google Sites, and Calendar. But in addition, educators get up 25GB of storage ad-free space per user, and schools can make use of Google’s cloud Vault for archiving data.

Google says that more than 400+ universities are posting lectures and/or full courses online using YouTube Education, and more than 500 schools and districts started the Fall school year off with Google’s laptop computer, Chromebooks. In addition, eight Ivy League universities and 72 of the top 100 U.S. universities have incorporated the tools, resources, and services of Google Apps for Education.

As part of the worldwide teacher recognition, Google has set up an interview with the developer of the popular, Khan Academy, Salman Khan. The interview will take place in a live hangout on October 17th. Khan will take questions from the participating audience about his new book, The World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.

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Source: TechCrunch

  1. Jacob Twitchel
    October 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    My school uses tons of Google apps including Google docs and gmail. I think its quite interesting how the Google apps enable us to do almost anything for free.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Yep, you know have to give Google credit for providing so many services to nearly anyone on the planet with internet access.

  2. Erik
    October 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Excellent post and resources! I thought you might enjoy this heartfelt video we put together thanking teachers everywhere for all the things they do and for inspiring students and cultivating the love of learning. While today is World Teachers' Day, we feel that celebrating teachers should not be limited to just one day.

    Salute to Teachers Video:

    Please join The GLOBE Program ( in celebrating teachers everywhere by sharing this with your favorite teacher, within your social networks or with anyone who shares our passion for education and those who truly make a difference in the lives of students around the world.

    If you currently are a teacher or if you were a teacher, thank you for all you have done, all you are doing and everything you will come to do. We are grateful for your service.

    Thank you for your time.
    Erik (The GLOBE Program)

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

      I'll check it out. Sounds like a great program. I agree, respect towards teachers shouldn't be limited to one day only.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Awesome video, Erik. Very well done. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Anotehr awesome initiative by Google.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Yep, I agree, Harish.

  4. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Not to be confused with the other Slaman Khan, I guess.

  5. miriam
    October 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    There is a great website for apps,, which specialises in educational apps for young kids, parents, students and teachers. It is the one I always use when I want to find an educational app, and also the main store for my friends to buy good apps for their kids.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Cool, Miriam, thanks for letting us know about this.

  6. salim benhouhou
    October 5, 2012 at 9:53 am

    google has my Blind confidence

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Hmmm, Salim, not sure if that's a good idea.

  7. Mac Witty
    October 5, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Google apps are great and give schools a toolbox they wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. My only concern is security and how Googles will use all information.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I've always had the same questions and concerns about Google.

  8. DB
    October 5, 2012 at 12:16 am

    3 teachers in my family...I try to thank them every day.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Yep, teachers deserve a lot more respect and support.

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