G Suite for Education

google-apps-for-educationOur college is introducing a service called Google Apps for Education. This new service is powered by Google and we will be joining over 10 million other students and teachers that are already using Google Apps at schools around the world. The service will give our children and staff access to a set of tools which will support the high levels of collaboration that are required in today’s classroom to prepare students with communication and collaboration skills for life. Apps for Education will also enhance the delivery of not only our curriculum, but lessons cross curricular. In order to keep you informed and also to comply with data protection legislation and Google’s Terms of Service, we are required to get permission. (http://goo.gl/D9GNB6).

What is it ?

The G Suite for Education (formerly called Google Apps for Education) core services are the heart of Google's educational offering to schools. The core services are Gmail (including Inbox by Gmail), Calendar, Classroom, Contacts, Drive, Docs, Forms, Groups, Sheets, Sites, Slides, Talk/Hangouts and Vault.

What’s included in Google Apps?

  • Gmail provides email storage with extra security including restricted incoming and outgoing email Emails by students are restricted to within BZSM College ONLY. These email communications are monitored and recorded. Students will NOT be able to send and receive emails outside of our school community.
  • Google Calendar enables us to create and share school or class calendars with events which can be subscribed to by students to receive automatic updates.
  • Google Docs lets pupils create and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings and forms. This also allows pupils to work collaboratively on projects simultaneously in real time. Students will be able to work on the same document from their own homes.
  • Google Sites makes it easy to collect, share, and publish all types of content in a single website. Pupils will also be using sites to create portfolios of work.
  • Google Video is also included for restricted video distribution, as well as other tools that can be added on to the BZSM College account.

What are the benefits of Google Apps and what’s included?

  • Ease of access: Pupils can access Google Apps at anytime, anywhere. It is designed to work in any browser (Google Chrome, IE, Firefox etc.) and on any computer or tablet. This enables access to your email, calendars and documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher alternatives) from school or at home.
  • Online storage means that no flash drives (memory sticks etc.) are required with documents and files stored in Google Docs.
  • Collaboration between students from other classes, schools*, even different countries*, working together on group projects. (*carefully selected and teacher lead). During collaborative work teachers can monitor progress of each child and provide instant written feedback visible to the group or to the individual. This enhances teaching and learning and provides instant and accurate assessment.
  • Online portfolios of work can be developed by students.

Within the Google Apps service:

  • There will be no advertisements.
  • No external email addresses can contact student accounts and vice-versa.
  • All email communication and comments within collaborative work are monitored. This information will be used in conjunction with the behaviour policy.
  • Work uploaded to Google Drive remains the property of the creator; it is not copied or kept by Google if it is removed by the creator.

User Access :

Students will be shown how to use Google Apps within the Class Curriculum as part of the e-safety modules. Students will be provided with unique usernames and passwords. Students will follow school policies for appropriate use when using Google Apps. The service is an extension of the College’s own network. Students know that the school has the right and ability to monitor user accounts for policy and e-safety purposes as well as having the ability to remove access to some or all Google Apps.

How much storage is available for each user :

Each user has unlimited storage for Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

How to know more about G Suite for Education ?

To know more about google Education please visit https://edu.google.com/higher-ed-solutions/

How to train myself with Google Apps ?

Goggle Learning center is a good solution to train yourself to use the Google Education Apps. Teachers / Faculties can go through (https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/training) or Classroom Training at (https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/first-day-of-classroom).

Training for G Suite Apps are available at (https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center).