By Adam Petrovsky, GovEd Practice Leader, Logicalis US
When broadband made it possible for schools to begin earnestly embracing the Internet, educators and technologists alike were unsure how they would incorporate emerging compute capabilities into the classroom. Among the first to propose a cloud-based program, Google offered K12 schools free access to its cloud-based Google for Education suite – which included Google Docs and a host of other productivity programs. Because it was both free and cloud-based, which meant no management headaches for K12 CIOs, schools across the country forged relationships with Google. Later, improved wi-fi capabilities coupled with $200 Chromebooks allowed K12 educators to take their first baby steps toward true digitization.