It is expected that the various features of GAFE will be utilized in different ways and to different degrees by teachers according to the needs of their classes and each unique curriculum. This platform has proven, however, to open technology to the use of students in previously unmatched ways. Current estimates cite 50 million users of GAFE worldwide, pointing to the usefulness educators have found in this powerful online tool. A secondary benefit to adopting GAFE is its connection to Chromebooks which operate from a Google platform. Chromebooks offer a durable and cost effective alternative to other devices such as laptops and tablets. As a result, the district will be able to purchase significantly more Chromebook devices without increasing the budget for technology with a bottom line of putting more technology in the hands of our students.
During the Fall of 2015 letters were issued to all district parents detailing the aspects of GAFE and requesting a one time permission for their children to use this tool. Unless revoked by a parent, this permission will last for the duration of a student’s time in the North Plainfield Schools. We thank parents who have returned permission and ask any parent who may not have yet done so, to sign and return this form to school as quickly as possible. If you need an additional form please request one from your school office or visit http://tinyurl.com/zfz2gfh to download a form from our website.