Overview of G Suite For Education
Before Knowing about google g-suite for education, you should know what google g-suite is? But in few words, it is a collection of enterprise-based products—like Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets etc—offered by Google to help streamline your business or institutes.
G Suite for Education is a free (for eligible institutions) plan of G Suite Package that is provided by google under the scheme of Google For Education.
G Suite for Education is a suite of free Google tools and services that are specially designed for schools and homeschools, available globally to all educational institutions that qualify. As of now, K–12 schools, higher-education institutions, and homeschool co-ops are eligible for G Suite for Education if they meet certain criteria which is mentioned below.
G-Suite for Education gives you access to all the standard apps like in G-Suite Basic, but in addition it has some specialized tools designed for education.
Tools containing in Education Package
With the G-Suite for Education package, you will get these helpful tools:
- Google Docs: This is simplified Microsoft Word with some new features.
- Google Sheets: Spreadsheets like Excel which is user-friendly and allow multiple users at the same time.
- Google Slides: Presentation software that is collaborative.
- Google Forms: This will allow to create forms, share, and automatically record the results in Google Sheets.
- Custom Email: You will get the custom email address like firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Google Calendar: You will get a Google Calendar making it easy to coordinate schedules and meetings.
- Google Hangout: This is a type of video call tool. While it’s not quite as good as other tools like Zoom, it’s completely free.
All these tools are in widespread use in the business and nonprofit world. They’re also all browser-based and can be used from any phone, tablet, laptop or computer. These all tools are present in both Basic and Educational package, but what makes the G Suite for education different from the G Suite basic is the below tool.
- Google Classroom: This is the exclusive tool of G Suite for education that makes it apart from other g suite plans.
Google Classroom is a virtual meeting place for classes, aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. Users can add learning materials Google Docs, and student work all in one place. Teachers can also provide feedback to students directly in Classroom.
Students can be invited to join a class through a private code, or automatically imported from a school domain. Teachers can create, distribute and mark assignments all within the Google ecosystem. For newbie, the Dashboard of Google Classroom may be seem unusual and they may take a little getting used to, but there are multiple video tutorials available on youtube.
Some other tool include Google Vault and eDiscovery that allow you to retain, search and export your data from Google apps. You can even retain and archive recordings of Hangouts and Gmail records which you may use for making tutorials or future use.
Another crucial feature is device management tools that help you manage a fleet of mobile devices with Android or iOS operating systems, as well as device management for Chrome OS devices. This tool is very helpful if you’re distributing devices to students and teachers.
- Support : Being a google product, the support facility is quick and awesome and benefited over other competitors. They’ll do their best to help you, escalating you quickly to subject experts if necessary.
- Privacy and Security: As google claims that their business is built on their customers’ trust, google protect the personal data that customer insert in their system. Working for years, google have developed world’s most advanced and secure cloud infrastructures. So customers’ data is highly safe and secure here.
Google undergo third-party audits on a regular basis for independent verification of their security, privacy, and compliance controls, and inform customers of third-party data requests.
FAQ – G Suite For Education
Is G Suite for Education Free?
Yes, G Suite for Education is free to use for qualified educational institutions. But if you are not qualified, you may purchase other plan of g suite.
Who are Qualified for G Suite for Education ? (Requirements)
K–12 schools (from kindergarten to 12th grade), higher-education institutions, and homeschool co-ops are eligible for G Suite for Education if they meet certain criteria. The Criteria are:
K–12 and higher institutions must have verified not-for-profit status or be a government-recognized, formally-accredited educational institution delivering nationally or internationally-approved certifications at primary, secondary, or third level.
Homeschools must be verified by a state homeschool organization.
What’s the difference between G Suite for Education and G Suite Basic?
How much storage do users get with g-suite for education?
G Suite consists of tools like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos. Each user will get unlimited storage for these tools. And if your organization group consists of 4 or less users, then each user will get storage capacity of 1 TB.
What is the up-time for the Services?
As it is a google’s product, you no need to worry about uptime. Being the world’s most powerful and trusted internet company, google hasn’t seen down-time since many years. Any way google claims its services are guaranteed to be available at least 99.9% of the time.
Are there ads with G Suite for education?
No, advertisements are turned off for G Suite for Education services. And, users don’t see ads in Google Search when signed in with their G Suite for Education accounts.
What if user faces problem?
With problem at any moment, user will get 24/7 phone and email support with his G Suite for Education account. Chat support is also available in English.
How to contact :
If you are the administrator, you just need to sign-in with the Google Workspace account and go to google admin console. At the top click ‘?’ and in the appearing, click ‘contact support’.
Support options are : phone, chat, email
There is also a community forum to ask and discuss about google workspace here.
Where are all the files saved?
Students and teachers can use the ‘Google Drive’ app inside G Suite for Education to
store and save files.
How to Sign-in, Sign-up?
To sign-up just go to this page. You will be welcomed by the word ‘Let’s get started’. Click ‘next’. A new page will open. Put your institution name there and the type of institute whether (primary or secondary) or (higher).
A new page will ask you about the institute website address and the number of staffs, fill that. Further fill ‘country’ and ‘phone number’. Then they’ll ask for your address. In the next page, insert your current email address you check regularly.
After this, the next step is to pick a domain if you don’t already own one. You can skip this section for later. After this put your name in the given section. A next screen will ask you to set login email and password. That’s all. Now you just have to do is to wait for the 14-day approval process.
What device can user use to access G Suite?
You can use any internet-connected device with any internet browser, but the most broadly compatible browser is Google Chrome.
What will happens to my work when the internet connection or connected device is lost?
While working, your all entered data is automatically saved and stored on google server, and if you lost the internet connection you need not to worry about. The next time your device connects back to the internet, you can start up right where you left off.
Same as if you lost your device or your device got damaged, you need not to worry about. Since your all data has been stored on google servers, you can get back to working within a few minutes after you enter your credentials from another device.
G Suite for Education vs Office 365 Education
G Suite for Education is a free, cloud-only platform that offers a full suite of applications, including Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, and more with 30GB of Gmail storage and unlimited file storage space in Google Drive along with educational specific tool called Google Classroom.
While Office 365 Education is a paid package (around $6) of microsoft containing apps like apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook with 50GB of storage in Outlook inboxes and 1TB of file storage in OneDrive folders along with the educational specific tool called Microsoft Team.
Office 365 and G Suite productivity apps are fairly similar which allow students and teachers to collaborate in real time, but Microsoft’s apps have a slight edge for their more robust features. For instance, Microsoft Word has advanced auto-correct and image editing features which is helpful for students in coursework. Also for communication Microsoft Team app has instant messaging, audio-video call tool which is better in terms of features from Google Hangout.
In terms of security, G Suite for Education has no compromise as it is a google’s product but Microsoft 365 Education has little bit more secure in terms of Advanced Threat Protection by monitoring emails, links, and files for malware and other cyberattacks.
Which platform is best suited for you depends on your need. If you need free cloud-only, then G Suite is fit for you but if you can spend little bit on extra features and protection then Office 365 is best for you. Clearly, Office 365 has edge upon G Suite and hence if have to pay little bit for it.
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