Google Acquires Synergyse... Good for Them, Good for Customers!

Google acquires Synergyse.  Good for them!  Synergyse is an awesome training plugin for Google Apps that basically provides stem-to-stern handholding/just in time training for the Google application suite and Google Classroom.

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We have been impressed by Synergyse for some time, and have been recommending it to TechPlanning/Google clients.  Now, according to the TechCrunch article, the plan appears to be offering Synergyse for free to Google for Work customers.  Not sure what that means for EDU, but given Google's rock solid commitment to Education, I can't imagine we'd all be left out.

Here's a link to one article about the acquisition.  It doesn't give any details on when Synergyse will start being free.  Now, I hope, we have projects starting that need it!

Christopher J. Church, Managing Partner
Technology Planning & Consulting, LLC
www.techplanning.net

North Queens Community High Project Kickoff

Part of the QNCHS Google Team...

Congratulations North Queens Community High School in New York on starting your Google for Education journey. Love your spirit, Marty Howfield and team keep up the good work.  

NQCHS is but one of literally hundreds of public schools "Going Google" in the New York City Department of Education.  DOE schools see the cost effectiveness (basically, all of Google is free to schools), low IT overhead (way, way less IT support needed than Apple or Microsoft products), inexpensive hardware (Chromebooks are incredibly inexpensive for NYCDOE), and most of all the awesome collaboration and workflow platform Google provides in the forms of GAFE and Google Classroom.

Others may imitate, but there's only one real leader in Education Technology hardware, software, and services, and its Google!  Proud to be a partner...

#working247NQCHS #googleedtech #googlerocks

Congratulations West Side High!

Congratulations are in order for our Customer, New York Department of Education's West Side High.  West Side officially kicked off their Going Google project yesterday, and we're helping them with Technical Services and Professional Development.

At TechPlanning, our job is not to do all the work for the customer - hand them a fish - but rather help them build their own capacity for taking the Google technology and running with it,.  That's what Mark Chenault and his team at West Side are doing.  We've established a great partnership, and will keep them involved in all aspects of the project as we progress and at the same time build their bench strength.

Mark, thank you for your business, confidence, and partnership.  We look forward to a mutually beneficial engagement and are excited about working with you and your staff!

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Christopher J. Church, Managing Partner
Technology Planning & Consulting, LLC
www.techplanning.net

Giving Back to K-12 Education. TechPlanning Micro-Grants...

Photo by Svetlana Kuznetsova/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by Svetlana Kuznetsova/iStock / Getty Images

At TechPlanning, we are very interested in the model of private/public partnership as it pertains to US-based K-12 organizations and technology projects.  We are fortunate to be partnered   As such, we have made a strategic decision to be good education community partners, and will set aside 5% of annual profits to give back to those Googley projects in our client base who with innovative, reference-able success.  We also occasionally take on strategic projects at a discount, and can bring partners to the table for doing same.  Finally, we do some Pro Bono work in the geographies we currently serve.

Of course, this is nothing like the massive investment Google make in K-12 every day, but micro-grants in the $250 to $500 price range seem like a great way to a) recognize Google innovators among our clients and b) give us a vehicle for giving back.  The program will be competitive, and will expect applicants to submit up to a five minute video on what cool stuff they're doing with Google, what their project highs and lows are, and expose any best practices in the process.

Stay tuned for program details.  We work on a calendar year, so we'll be looking at making micro-grant awards as early as January, 2016, and opening applications on 1 November, 2016.  We're looking forward to giving back.  Even a small giveback would be beneficial and shows we're interested in our shared success, but the bigger picture we see is recognizing those innovative teachers and leadership who are paving the way for Google in Education.  These people are almost always putting in non-work time in their projects, and a little boost can potentially go a long way.

Wish us luck, and we'll post details at a later date.  Stay tuned to our blog for the scoop.  Thank you for either considering or working with us, we take that personally.


Chris Church, Managing Partner
Technology Planning & Consulting, LLC
www.techplanning.net

Established on Facebook...

So we've established a Facebook page for TechPlanning... its located at http://www.facebook.com/techplanning.net.  Blog postings here are cross-posted to the Facebook page, because there are so many people who prefer Facebook as their source of affiliated news.

If you're interested in what we're doing, keep reading this blog, like the Facebook page, or do both!  As always, we appreciate the support.

Chris Church, Managing Partner
Technology Planning & Consulting, LLC
www.techplanning.net

Ten Emerging Education Technologies...

Great article from Edudemic highlighting some emerging/established technology trends in Education.  Google makes the list for number two - Cloud Computing, and number three, Collaboration.  I found number ten interesting - gamification.  Amazed at the retention rates quoted versus something a student reads.

The article can be seen here.  Free to read.

Chris Church, Managing Partner
Technology Planning & Consulting, LLC
www.techplanning.net