GFE Collaborative

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  • Through Amplified IT, schools within states and provinces across North America are forming collaborative partnerships to provide a platform on which to share technical approaches, challenges, lessons learned around Google Apps for Education, Chrome devices, and other cloud-based solutions.

Member Benefits:

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  • Regional Technical Retreats

    Members of the Amplified IT team will give presentations on best practices from admin console setups to Chrome devices and beyond. Each technical retreat will build on the last to allow for deep dives into many subjects based around GAFE.

    • Technical deep dives based on Collaborative member needs
    • Google EDU team speakers and review of the latest GAFE updates
    • Roundtable discussions and Collaborative showcases
  • Google+ Community

    Participating schools gain access to an exclusive Google+ community to discuss challenges experienced locally and for help to guide the content at technical retreats.

    • Guided community
    • Sharing of ideas/lessons learned between members
    • Peer to peer support
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  • third-party-discounts

  • Third Party Discounts

    The Collaborative will also offer discounted pricing on third party services. By grouping together to purchase services together, collaborative schools will have access to higher tiers of discounts up to 50% that are not available to individual schools.

    • Volume discount pricing
    • Product onboarding and lessons learned
    • Collaborative product vetting and selection
  • Google Updates

    Google is constantly innovating and releasing new updates to their products and services. While this approach to drip feeding product updates is fantastic, we’ve found that schools either miss out on important changes or feel overwhelmed keeping up to date. The Collaborative meet ups and Google+ community will keep you up to date with the latest news and changes. Throughout the year we will take deep dives into important changes to showcase how they affect your own K-12 GAFE environment.

    • Find out what is new that you need to know about
    • Configure new services and features with EDU best practices
    • Direct Google EDU team announcements and interactions




  • YouTube Live Broadcasts

    Our YouTube Live broadcasts are moderated events on topics that are of interest to Collaborative members between meetups.

    • Regularly scheduled interactive deep dives on requested topics from Collaborative members
    • Question-and-answer session will ensure your school gets set on the right path
    • Can’t make the scheduled YouTube Live? No problem! You can watch the recording any time after the live broadcast
  • The GAFE Technical Collaboratives mature in different regions in their own way based on member interest and GAFE adoption. Amplified IT is eager to facilitate discussions and lead training to drive improvements while the focus of the Collaborative is determined by its members.