Giving Students a Safe Way to Ask for Help

In order to better prepare their students for the real world, Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) started offering its students email capabilities. But with 45,000 students across 55 neighborhood elementary schools, 16 secondary schools, two alternative schools, and 16 charter schools, the district was concerned with how they would be able to monitor any inappropriate activity.

To make sure students were using the service in a safe and professional manner, the district implemented Gaggle beginning in the 2015–16 school year. “We needed a service like Gaggle because monitoring 45,000 new accounts would quickly become a full-time job for multiple staff members,” said Eric Hileman, the district’s executive director of Information Technology. “There’s no way we could do that.”

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