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Exciting changes are coming to your student email and Blackboard accounts when the systems are upgraded May 17th-18th. You will have access to a number of new, powerful teaching and learning tools.

Google Apps for Education will be expanded from its current set of core apps — Gmail, Docs, Calendar, etc,— to a broad selection of new consumer apps: YouTube, Google+, Maps, Books, Picasa, etc. These new apps will provide VCCS students, faculty, and staff with access to an even more powerful suite of teaching, learning, social, and communication tools that can be used both in and outside of the classroom.

However, there are some crucial steps that all students need to take to successfully access any Google Apps, including Gmail, after the upgrade. When you log in to your Gmail account after May 18th, everyone in the VCCS domain must click through and agree to a new consumer Terms of Service (TOS). No Google Apps can be accessed until users agree to these new TOS. To see these TOS, click here:

Second, when setting up a profile in Google Plus (G+), a Facebook-like social networking service included in the upgrade, it is especially important that users include a correct date of birth because Google requires it’s users to be 13 years or older. Be cautious when entering a date of birth; if it indicates you are younger than 13 you will be permanently locked out of all Google services. This cannot be undone without significant effort and additional costs. For more about reactivating a disabled account, click here:

More information about VCCS Google Apps for Education can be found at