Over the 15 years that Google has been building tools for educators, Google has observed the needs of educators, educational leaders, and students evolve. Google has learned that a one-size-fits-all approach is not what educators need from tools like G Suite for Education.
What Is G Suite For Education?
G Suite for Education is an environment of digital tools from Google for hosting and distributing digital documents, communication and collaboration through cloud-based technology. (You can sign up here).
Whether you’re in a rural primary school, an urban university, or a home school environment, Google’s technology and the tools need to adapt, so you can focus on what matters most: teaching and learning. That’s why Google has made some important changes to give you more options and flexibility in selecting the best tools to help enhance your educational institution.
Google Suite today introduces the next era of G Suite for Education: Google Workspace for Education.
Google Workspace for Education now includes all the products you already use, including Classroom, Meet, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and others. More than 170 million students and educators around the world rely on Google’s suite of tools. All you need to teach, learn, connect and share will stay in one place, accessible from any location and on any Device.
To meet the varied needs of institutions around the world, from preschool to Ph.D., it will now be available in four different editions instead of just two.
How To Get G Suite Education for free
There are two plans, one standard and one for businesses.
- The standard G Suite for Education plan is totally free. It includes email addresses for your school, the full suite of products, unlimited document storage and video conferencing. It’s a great package offer.
- The Enterprise Version of G Suite for Education is not free and includes additional Admin features along with video conferencing for larger audiences. If you’re a large institution, it’s really worth a look.
What's The Difference Between G Suite For Education And Gmail Accounts?
Not every Gmail account is a G Suite account. This is what you need to know about the difference.
A Gmail account is a free Google account with an email address which ends with @gmail.com. Gmail accounts first became available in 2004, and were such a popular product that people needed to receive an invitation to purchase an account. At the time, the 1 GB of storage space and clever threading of threads seemed very modern in contrast to Yahoo or Hotmail accounts.
As the amount of free storage space increased, so did the applications that people associated with a Gmail account. People using Gmail can also access Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Calendar. The account allows access to other Google applications such as Photos, Maps and YouTube.
G Suite For Education Account
G Suite accounts come in many editions: Basic, Business, Enterprise, as well as configurations for non-profit, educational or government organizations. Different from a standard Google or Gmail account, one G Suite administrator manages all accounts associated with each of these editions.
G Suite provides access to a core set of applications including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Google+, Hangouts Meet, Hangouts Chat, Sites and Groups. G Suite subscribers also have access to phone and email support.
What Tools Are Part Of G Suite For Education?
G Suite for Education has Google Drive and its varied distribution tools as its core. Through the use of Google Docs, Drive, Gmail, Forms, Jamboard, Groups, calendar, and more, teachers can create virtual classes, track document changes, participate in discussions, and more–what many teachers have been doing for years, but in a formal package that can also serve alignment across classrooms and schools.