Urbana City Schools moved to Google Applications for Education on January 7, 2013

The biggest use of Google Applications will be for e-mail, and that will change the e-mail address for staff members. It will look like firstname.lastname@urbanacityschools.org Listed below are a few of the reasons for the advancement to Google Applications. Student use of Google Apps will come in the next phase – at a later date.

Security and privacy first
Google Apps for Education includes dozens of critical security features specifically designed to keep your data safe, secure and in your control. Your data belongs to you, and Apps tools enable you to control it, including who you share it with and how you share it. Our data center network provides exceptional security and guarantees reliable access to your data, 24x7x365.25 (that’s right: no rest, even on leap years).

Stay connected from anywhere
With Google Apps for Education, everything is automatically saved in the cloud - 100% powered by the web. This means that emails, documents, calendar and sites can be accessed - and edited - on almost any mobile device or tablet. Anytime, anywhere.

Bring students, teachers and teams together
Fast, easy collaboration is what makes Google Apps unique. Our website and document creation tools offer real-time editing, powerful sharing controls, and seamless compatibility – an ideal environment for learning in the 21st century.

Get stuff done faster
Google Apps for Education can help streamline academic tasks like essay writing and class scheduling. A group of students can work together on a piece of work in Google Docs, seeing changes in real time rather than waiting for versions to be sent via email. Students can see exactly when their professors are available and vice versa with Google Calendar. By removing these time-consuming bottlenecks, Apps frees you up to spend more time on learning and teaching.

Go Green
Moving to Google Apps helps reduce both your organization’s overall expenses and its environmental impact. Apps is powered by Google's energy-efficient data centers, so it’s less energy and carbon-intensive than on-premise servers.

Connect to Google Apps at Urbana City Schools

from http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/education/benefits.html