New York became the fifth state today to adopt Google Apps for use in K-12 classrooms.
Microsoft and Google are in heated competition to capture the growing market for cloud based apps in the education sector. With states struggling and school budgets taking a hit, the savings of switching to cloud apps has overcome concerns about privacy or security.
There is an implicit strategy of “get em young, keep em loyal’ at work here. Kids who grow up organzing their lives around Gmail and Google’s calendar are probably going to be inclined to use new Google products that sync easily with these services.
No word yet on whether NY schools will follow Google’s lead and give students 20% of each day to work on their own independent projects.