Students and faculty alike are rejoicing in a recent change to campus technology: Bullis has replaced First Class and made Google mail or “Gmail” the new Internet server.
Gmail allows students to easily create Google documents where classes and clubs can collaborate on the same word document to share notes or plan for an event.
Also, Gmail is much easier to access than the old system. When trying to use First Class on phones, students needed to download an app and sign in with a username, login, and the specific Bullis server. Bullis students can now log into Gmail through their phones easily and are able, also, to sync their calendars to their phones as well.
Nathan Calem (’15) described Gmail as “G-riffic!” He said that it’s “a lot easier to operate than First Class.”
Chris Lemus (’17), a new student to Bullis concurred, saying Gmail was an “easy system to use.”
Gmail is designed also with other nice touches, as contacts both inside and outside the Bullis community are saved in the mailing system. Also, there is a search feature that makes it very easy for users to track down old emails, making folder use almost obsolete.
The Bulldog has already started using the Google calendar to submit articles collectively and to organize deadlines. Also, this year’s senior class has a Google group, which Mr. Zimmer can post in to let the seniors know of upcoming events, issues, and voting opportunities.
It’s not often that something so mundane generates excitement, but Bullis has opened a world of opportunity with this crucial switch.