G Suite for Education Benefits: Free, Safe and Secure
Setting up a G Suite for Education account is easy, free, and a guarantee that your information is in good hands. After a 14-day waiting period to verify that your institution qualifies for an account (all not-for-profit, formally accredited educational institutions are eligible, whereas organizations such as public libraries and military academies, which provide educational services without boasting the title of a school or university, may be better suited to G Suite for Non-profits), you will be granted access to G Suite for Education’s full range of tools from one easy-to-use admin account that grants you more control than simply equipping each student with a personal Google account.
There is a large amount of overlap between the tools offered by G Suite for Education and a personal Google account, but G Suite for Education is a safer, more suitable option for classroom use.
The availability of the education-specific application Google Classroom is not the only major difference between the two sets of tools: G Suite for Education ensures that all material and software students can access is age-appropriate and not distracting by offering teachers the ability to enable and disable single tools in the suite as they see fit, effectively offering different, custom versions of the suite to different age and class groups in the same institution. This is an easy way to make sure that younger, easily distracted pupils stay on task and are denied access to tools that they cannot yet be trusted to use responsibly.
If you are concerned about privacy, moreover, you may be interested in knowing that while Google does collect information about the usage of G Suite for Education user accounts in order to provide basic services such as Gmail, Docs, Sheets and Slides, the school has a good degree of control about what personal information to share with the provider and Google’s aim is to keep the G Suite for Education experience ad-free and secure, giving faculty members the opportunity to exchange encrypted emails in case they contain sensitive student data.
With a world of tools at your fingertips in one easy solution, G Suite for Education is an excellent way to bring your class into the digital era once and for all.