Zetech College has launched a new programme in its education system by adopting Google Apps , an integrated communication and collaboration solution offered by global tech giant Google. The apps now provide the college with a hosted solution for their email, calendar, SMS and video chat, documents sharing and hosting and ability to create shared websites as desired.
Speaking during launch of the programme, College Principal Prof. Edwin Wamukoya noted that the new development was in line with the college policy to adopt emerging technological trends as a way of meeting the growing connectivity needs for their students. “With these applications, our students are now able to communicate and collaborate with their lecturers and college administration on the cloud, meaning that our mode of communication is now absolutely paperless’ said Wamukoya.
The applications which come with a limitless number of accounts for the college, provides up to 30GB storage capacity per user with a powerful spam filtering and a guaranteed uptime of 99.9 per cent.
Meanwhile, the apps have now enabled students and faculty stay organised with the help of the calendar utility which has helped them to easily schedule lessons and meetings and help them see when certain people are available.
“The calendar application in particular has transformed our way of communication as a college. Lecturers are now able to share on a school-wide or select colleague’s level, their classes, teams and clubs functions. Also, students will now access exam timetables, exam results and semester calendar of activities online”, explains the college IT Manager Mr. Albanus Mulandi.
The applications which are absolutely free, have also brought students and lecturers together by way of sharing of workspaces for classes, faculties and clubs with the use of the sites application. “Students are able to build project websites and documents and as the applications are seamlessly compatible with various operating systems, students can study together in real time or together across long distances”.