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The Technology Department of the San Mateo-Foster City School District facilitates effective teaching and learning by providing a comprehensive technology infrastructure.  With this comes easy access to instructional tools and content from anywhere.

We also support common core based instruction and professional development by integrating technology in the classroom.  Our educational technology promotes student engagement and collaborative student learning. The technology platforms we support enhance communication skills and the development of knowledge readying each student personally and professionally.

What we do

  • Google Apps for Education administration
  • Hapara Integration with Google Apps for Education
  • Voice, Data and Wireless Network
  • Network Security
  • Installation and Maintenance
  • Computers
  • Peripherals
  • Copy Machines
  • Fax Machines
  • Audio and Video Equipment
  • Internet and Intranet Support
  • Software Support
  • Business and Human Resources
  • Student Information Systems

Classroom Technology

  • Lenovo Chromebooks are portable devices that give students access to websites and apps
  • eBeam Interactive Whiteboards allow students and teachers to write and manipulate images on a whiteboard
  • Aver Media Document Cameras magnify and project the images of three-dimensional objects and transparencies
  • Epson LCD Projectors display video and images on a screen
  • Lenovo Laptops or Apple MacBooks are portable personal computers that teachers use
  • HP LaserJet Printer
  • Lightspeed RedCat Voice Amplification System include microphones that enable students and teachers to interact more clearly
  • Districtwide Secure Wireless Network connects devices such as laptops and chromebooks to the internet

SMFCSD Google Apps for Education

GAFE Login

SMFCSD students will be accessing the following applications from Google Apps for Education:


A webmail service that combines the best features of traditional email with Google's search technology; includes email, chat, and video conferencing.

  • Email will be archived for disciplinary/subpoena purposes.
  • The presence of the student’s legal guardian must be acknowledged for any student/teacher, student/student video conferences through Google Video hangouts.
  • Student username/email addresses will be generated by SMFCSD Technology Dept. and will be alphanumeric comprising of student initials with an ID number (to help ensure privacy) an @ sign, the domain part (i.e.

Google Drive

Web-based application to create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Store documents online and access them from any computer.

  • Students and teachers will collaborate through shared documents.
  • Documents will not include a student’s personal info (e.g. phone number, address, etc.).
  • Students will be identified by their assigned alphanumeric username.
  • No pictures in which the student can be identified will be allowed.
  • Google Calendar – Web-based time-management application that is part of Google Apps.
  • Students will be using Google to view dates for field trips, assignment due dates, meetings, etc.
  • Students will use Google Calendar to track tasks, scheduled appointments, create reminders, etc. to assist them in managing their time.
  • Google Calendar allows students to see their teacher's availability.

Google Sites

Online system for creating a website that is as easy as editing a document.

  • Students will be using Google Sites for an electronic portfolio.
  • Template will be created to maintain student anonymity, protecting student identity.
  • A generic title will be used for the portfolio, including only the student’s first name.
  • Posted material must be appropriate for education purposes connected to curriculum.
  • No pictures in which the student can be identified will be allowed.

Google’s Commitment to Educational Domains

  • Google Apps for Education is ad-free – SMFCSD’s content is not processed by Google's advertising systems.
  • Protection of the intellectual property on the servers is critically important to Google.
  • Google Apps brings you the latest technologies and some of the best practices for user privacy.
  • Apps content belongs to the individual users at your school. Not Google.
  • We don't look at your content. Google employees must have explicit permission even for troubleshooting.
  • We don't share your content. Google does not share personal information without your consent.
  • We sometimes scan content for spam filtering, anti-virus protection, or malware detection.

For more information regarding privacy policies associated with use of Google Apps for Education please see below:


Google for Education 101 (in 101 seconds)

An introduction to student use of Google Apps for Education