Google has released new updates to its education tools during its first-ever virtual Learning with Google event. The next era of G Suite for Education is among the highlights of the global live stream. It is now called Google Workspace for Education and comes in 4 distinct editions. These editions are Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals (as a free tier), Google Workspace for Education Standard, Teaching & Learning Upgrade, and Google Workspace for Education Plus. The reliance on online education tools is no longer just about availability with millions of Filipino students nationwide placed on distance learning. Google Workspace for Education houses Google products like Classroom, Meet, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Chat, and many more in one place. So, learning tools using any device that aids in teaching, learning, connecting, and sharing will be more accessible from anywhere.
It is noteworthy that users of Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals (previously the free edition of G Suite for Education) will not see any changes apart from the new name and features such as offline mode, Classroom add-ons, much better pictures of homework, improved mobile grading, roster sync, and student engagement tracking in Google Classroom. Google Meet will now offer more control for teachers during sessions with the new “End Meeting for All” and “Mute All” features. It would allow multiple moderators in calls to make it easier for teachers to partner with others in facilitating classes. A new screen recording tool would enable teachers and students to record lessons and reports in real-time (coming in March). The paid editions of Google Workspace for Education expand on security and learning tools.
Point to be noted that the Security Center in Google Workspace for Education Standard gives excellent visibility tools like advanced audit logs and advanced mobile management. However, the Teaching and Learning Upgrade enhances instructional impact through advanced communication capabilities in Google Meet. Google Workspace for Education Plus (formerly G Suite Enterprise for Education) provides tools with advanced security, better analytics, and enhanced teaching and learning capabilities for institutions looking for the ultimate comprehensive solution. Existing users of Education Fundamentals and Education Plus will find the new edition names and the upgrades in their admin consoles automatically. The new editions of Education Standard and Teaching and Learning Upgrade will be available on 14th April 2021.