Embrace Security and Empower Education with Google Workspace for Education
In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, ensuring the security of educational institutions has become a top priority. With the increasing reliance on technology in classrooms, it is essential for schools to adopt secure platforms and tools that safeguard sensitive information and create a safe learning environment for all.
Recently, CCT Poland in collaboration with the Teaching Services Center in Rzeszów under Podkarpackie Centrum Edukacji Nauczycieli w Rzeszowie (PCEN’s) patronage organized a conference titled “Safe School with Google Workspace for Education platform” aimed at representatives of local governments, school principals, and educational institutions. This conference aimed to discuss the importance of security and explore the innovative features of Google Workspace. The conference featured a diverse program, beginning with an opening session led by CUD Director Marek Misa and CCT Poland Operations Director Mariia Ruban. It included informative sessions such as pedagogical supervision using the Google Workspace for Education platform, presented by Deputy Director Dariusz Rzucidło from Primary School No. 24 in Rzeszów. The event also explored digital transformation with Google, featuring Director Hanna Krupa and Deputy Director Monika Fiuk from Primary School No. 234 Julian Tuwim in Warsaw. Other sessions covered topics like the 1:1 model of the school in the cloud by Wojciech Zaraś, an Education Development Expert and a Google Certified Innovator at CCT Poland and Google Workspace for everyday use by Przemysław Szlagor, a certified Google Trainer and Innovator from the GEG Poland group. Held at Hotel Rzeszów on April 17, 2023, this conference provided an informative and engaging platform for attendees to explore the secure use of Google Workspace in educational settings.
* CUD Director, Marek Misa
Let’s dive into some of the key takeaways from this enlightening conference and discover how these practices can benefit educational institutions!
Ensuring Security with Google Workspace Dariusz Rzucidło, Deputy Director of Primary School No. 24 Rudolf Auriga in Rzeszów shed light on a pressing concern faced by many schools – the use of non-secure email platforms for official communication. He emphasized the risks associated with this practice, such as increased vulnerability to hacking, potential loss of confidential data, and the lack of control over communication channels. Mr Rzucidło shared real-life examples from his school, where unauthorized access to student accounts resulted in disruptive behaviour during online classes. To tackle this issue, Mr Rzucidło utilized the administrative privileges within Google Workspace to trace IP addresses and identify the culprits. This not only demonstrated the platform’s robust security measures but also showcased the importance of proper configuration and monitoring.
* Deputy Director, Dariusz Rzucidło (Primary School No. 24 Rudolf Auriga)
Hanna Krupa and Monika Fiuk, Director and Vice-Director of Primary School No. 234 Julian Tuwim in Warsaw, provided an inspiring account of their school’s digital transformation journey through the Albus Project. They highlighted the initial challenges, fears, and the remarkable results that followed. By adopting Google Workspace, their school was able to streamline communication, collaboration, and student engagement. The project’s success exemplified the positive impact of embracing digital tools and laid the foundation for an enhanced learning experience for their students.
* Director, Hanna Krupa (Primary School No. 234 Julian Tuwim)
* Vice-Director, Monika Fiuk (Primary School No. 234 Julian Tuwim)
Wojciech Zaraś captivated the audience with his presentation on the concept of the school in the cloud within the 1:1 model. Mr Zaras shared the idea behind the Cloud School of leveraging cloud-based technology to foster seamless learning and resource accessibility which surely resonated with the attendees. The 1:1 Model enables students to have personalized access to educational resources and promotes a dynamic and interactive learning environment.
* Education Development Expert, Wojciech Zaraś (CCT Poland)
Przemysław Szlagor, a member of the GEG Poland group and a certified Google Trainer and Innovator, shared valuable insights on utilizing Google Workspace for everyday tasks. He highlighted the power of Google Sites in creating dedicated pages and subpages for internal and external users. By leveraging this feature, schools can showcase their departments, internal projects, and collaboration groups, thereby enhancing communication and information sharing within the educational community.
* Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Przemysław Szlagor (GEG Poland)
The sessions emphasised the significance of adopting secure platforms, such as Google Workspace, to mitigate risks, protect sensitive data, and foster a positive learning environment. The insights shared by Dariusz Rzucidło, Hanna Krupa, Monika Fiuk, Wojciech Zaraś, and Przemysław Szlagor captivated the audience and highlighted the numerous benefits of integrating technology into education. The conference not only shed light on security measures but also showcased the potential of Google Workspace to transform the way schools operate.
The conference highlighted the importance of proactive security measures in educational institutions. Attendees engaged in discussions, learning about the opt-in program and the significance of adopting secure platforms like Google Workspace.
* Operations Director, Mariia Ruban (CCT Poland)