Chicago Public Schools had two email systems — one for students, and one for teachers — and the Information Technology Services team spent lots of time and resource managing the separate systems. The schools wanted to consolidate to one cloud-based email system for students and teachers. CPS also wanted a better way for students and teachers to collaborate.
"We’re teaching students that it’s not just their work — it’s a team effort. Students are thinking beyond the classroom, becoming comfortable with using technology and developing critical thinking skills."Margaret Hahn, Director of Technology Change Management
The schools adopted Gmail as the district-wide email system and introduced G Suite for Education in September 2012. The district could easily manage the 330,000 accounts and didn’t have to worry about running out of storage space since email and documents are stored in the cloud. To date, the schools have 26 million files saved in Google Drive. CPS introduced Google Classroom at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.