Managing Cloud Storage Limits in K-12 Schools

May 26, 2021


Episode 11: Managing Cloud Storage Limits in K-12 Schools

The amount of cloud storage in school districts is continuing to increase as students and staff access school resources more from home. Classrooms at school are expanding further outside the four walls, and more data is created, shared, and stored within the cloud applications used. Cloud providers commonly used by districts, such as Google and Microsoft, are taking notice of the large amounts of data that districts store.

This was made evident when Google announced its newest storage policy for Google Workspace for Education. The new storage model provides districts with a baseline of 100TB of pooled cloud storage across all users (students, teachers, and staff). How does this new storage policy impact districts? Will it impact districts? What do IT teams need to be thinking about when it comes to storage and what are best practices to keep storage at a reasonable amount?

In this episode of The K-12 Tech Experience podcast, Jim Frye, the District Technology Coordinator at Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools in Ohio, joins us to discuss managing cloud storage limits in schools. During this episode, Jim shares more about the different versions of Google Workspace for Education, how he and his team approach cloud storage, the types of districts that may be most impacted, and tips for how to help keep storage size low.

Learn more about Jim and Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools by reading the preview from the conversation below. Subscribe to The K-12 Tech Experience podcast to listen to the rest of the conversation with Jim on your favorite platform, and so you never miss an episode.

JK: How about we start by having you share more about yourself and your career so far, and a bit more about Upper Sandusky for our listeners.

JF: I’m currently in my 35th year of education. I started my first 15 years as a band director. In the last 20 years I’ve been the IT director here at Upper Sandusky schools — located halfway between Toledo and Columbus, Ohio. We’re a rural and agricultural area here in central Ohio. Upper Sandusky has 1,575 students and about 120 educators across five schools.

JK: How has the transition to—and from—remote learning been for Upper Sandusky as students and teachers have been able to return to the classroom?

JF: Starting in September we have been in session with kids on premises most of the year. Primarily speaking, we’ve been fortunate—because we’re small and rural—that we’ve been able to bring kids into the classroom with COVID-19 protocols in place.

We were not 1:1 in our schools, but were more of a Chromebook managed fleet. But when the pandemic hit we took them all out of the carts, got them inventoried, and got them out to the kids to take home and use for themselves.

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