Great news for teachers who have chaffed at not being able to utilize Google Apps for Education such as Google Drive, Gmail, and Google forms! At the summer ICT institute, the Nova Scotia Department of Education announced the roll out of Google Apps for Education tools to the school boards. Each school board will be responsible for what tools are to be permissible for teachers to use. It is expected that some school boards may wish to have pilot schools for the first year but that would be a school board decisiion. The reason for this change in policy was a year long privacy impact assessment (PIA) and review process (with provincial and school board representation) to ensure that these tools would not contravene the PIIDPA (Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act of 2006) Act. The future is now!!