google@school event


Jeff Huber – VP of Engineering, Google.

Notes that Google culture is modeled after the university experience.

Jeff Walz – University Relations

Talent Development – Google has about 1200 internships, 700 of which are sw engineers. They also support the Summer of Code

Academic Research – Research awards program – 100+ projects supported on campus. Support 1 or two grad students for a year or two.

Visiting Faculty at google – faculty work on project with Google sponsor for 6 months or a year.

Services – Google Search, Google Translate:

Focused programs.

Summer of code – “flip bits not burgers” during summer holidays. Developing open source software in companies.

Talent Development CS4HS – CS for High School teachers – Ed Lazowska did it at UW.

Maggie Johnson ( – Code for Educators

Yearly faculty summit takes place at Google. New theme emerged last year as they talked to them – concerns about declining enrollments in CS programs. If you look at what’s being taught in many of the CS undergrad courses, it’s 5-10 years out of date. Google engineers decided to focus in on some current areas to provide course content to faculty to help update curriculum. Designed and developed “seed” tutorials ant content in: AJAX programming, parallel programming, distributed systems, and web security. Ajax is good for intro programs – high impact, quick feedback. There’s a huge hole in web development courses which don’t focus on security. They engaged faculty at various universities to use the materials and develop new courses in these areas. Implemented a repository at where the stuff lives. University of Washington is the first to provide content to the site (Aaaron Kimball’s course on cluster computing).

Ben Bunnell – Google Book Search

27 library partners – not all in the US – adding more all the time. Also getting books from lots of publishers.

About 20% of books ever published are in the public domain. About 5% of books ever published are currently in print. About 75% have unclear copyright status. Google Books offers full view and download of the public domain books. For currently in print books sample pages are viewable, based on contracts with the copyright holders. For the middle 75% you can search the full text, but only see a “snippet”, a couple of sentences on either side of your search term, which is likely to be fair use. There are links to OCLC worldcat so you can find a library close to you with the book.

Marc Shedroff, Obadiah Greenberg – YouTube content acquisition team

Education on YouTube. YouTube is the primary hosted video platform at Google. Google Video is moving towards a video search platform.

Branded YouTube pages with channel subscription, community and sharing, embedded video, etc. Duke, Notre Dame, Boston University have channels. Also the University Channel.

They’re happy to work with universityes on this stuff. Monetization is at your option.

Jeff Keltner – Google Apps Education edition.

They’re now allowing ads to be removed for staff as well as students (that’s new today).

They offer 24×7 support for education domain admins.

The Premier edition is $50/user/year with 10GB quotas.

They’ve added multi-people and resource scheduling to Google Cal in the Education edition – it’s there now in Google Apps for your domain.

Google Gears is the method they’ll use for offline access to the apps.

Wendy Woodward – Northwestern University

Student government requested Google Apps – they had a lot of problems with the infrastructure they provide for students. Use of alumni forwarding service was declining. Using a customized google start page for their law school student portal. They’re doing student group accounts in the google space too. Took them 4-5 weeks to launch Google. They worked with a company called SADA systems to build the self-service functionality (pw changes, nickname creation, account deletion). Automated university directory and student system synchronization. Students can keep, purge, or delete as they leave. FERPA protected students remain protected (student name not in the account name). Alumni relations does support for alums. Majority of students opt in – med school not on board yet. Business School not in either as they just implemented Exchange. Integrating single-sign-on by October. They’re investigating future deployment to fac/staff.

Arizona State – Personal Start Page replaced their uPortal project after they spent millions on it.
50k students moved in the first few weeks, after they put a Move button on their web mail client. They incurred no support.

Google sets?

Working on IMAP, starting to look into CalDAV.

just did a big accessibility review of the apps, and are looking at what to do to improve. There’s an XHTML interface to gmail and calendar which work well with screen readers.

2 GB quota is just on mail – no current quota on docs & spreadsheets.

you can whitelist IP addresses for spam filter exemption.

planning a major revamp of Pages, which will incorporate Jotspot technology.

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