You may have heard this called by its previous name – Google Apps for Education – 70 million users are now using the renamed ‘G Suite for Education.' It has grown rapidly in the past two years from the 60 million users a year ago. The G Suite for Education is completely free for schools and offers 24/7 support, also at no cost. There are never any bothersome ads to detract you, and the data is yours to keep. It is all a part of Google’s effort to take over the classroom and see Chromebooks on each desk and not iPads or iMacs. Google estimates that through their efforts over 20 million Chromebooks are actively being used weekly in classrooms.
Google’s G Suite for Education is easy to use, and you can create, share, and edit files in real-time. All of the students are on the same page as the instructor as everything is stored in the cloud. This method also allows the user to access those files on any device – computer, tablet, or smartphone – any time of the day and it allows you to work anywhere you chose. Included in the suite are Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, the Vault, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Sites, and Hangouts. Together, these apps will allow an instructor or student to explore topics, communicate via Hangouts, send and receive emails, write papers, and keep dates straight on a shared calendar.
The G Suite for Education also includes Google’s Classroom so the instructor can keep everything organized. It is the center program that all of the app programs tied in and gives the instructor their control and organization of lessons and students. They can use Classroom to create a class, easily add students or students can easily signup for the class themselves. The instructor can post homework, grade those assignments, and then communicate with the student about their work or answer any questions they may have. Google Classroom is an all-in-one organizer that helps save an instructor time with multiple classes. Google claims it will save teachers 52 hours per year, allowing the students to quickly reach the instructor, get their answer, and move on with their assignments. Google is claiming a 99.9-percent uptime, so reliability should not be an issue.