Have you heard? Some BIG changes are coming to Google this year! What used to be known as G Suite for Education will now be called Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals. Don’t worry! All of your favorite apps like Classroom, Meet, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides will still be accessible and FREE. You’ll just find some pretty cool updates added throughout the year to make your workspace even more efficient and to better meet the needs of your classroom and students.
For a clear rundown of what’s available free to Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals users and which enhanced capabilities come with the new expanded editions (formerly known as G Suite Enterprise), check out this handy comparison chart.
And for an extensive overview of all the new and exciting features, scroll through this convenient set of visuals from edtech guru @jrsowash:
If you prefer to plug in your earbuds and get the breakdown via podcast, these episodes will provide all the Google info you need!
- Google Workspace for Education (and other updates you need to know!) from Shake Up Learning
- 50+ BIG Updates to Your Favorite Google Tools! from The Chromebook Classroom Podcast
Teaching Channel has you covered on all things Google!
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