One of the questions we hear on calls with people in edtech is, "Are G Suite for Education and Google Classroom the same thing?"
No, they are not the same.
Both services are developed by Google and used by K-12 school districts for online classroom management. However, they're both used for very different purposes. Edtech developers should understand how each platform works, how they're related, and how schools use them.
What is G Suite?
G Suite is Google's collection of productivity and collaboration tools. It includes services such as Gmail and Google Drive. Google offers a version of the collection designed specifically for schools, called G Suite for Education. There is also a paid service with additional features called G Suite Enterprise for Education.
G Suite for Education allows school tech admins to create G Suite accounts for students and faculty at the school. Schools that use G Suite for Education typically allow Google to manage the school's email addresses. Students and faculty at the school will use these email addresses to log into other G Suite services.
What is Google Classroom?
Google Classroom is one of the services provided through G Suite for Education. Classroom is a learning management system (LMS) and allows teachers to distribute online lessons and quizzes to their classes.
Classroom uses information in G Suite to create accounts and classes for students and teachers at the school. Teachers and students may also sign up for Google Classroom with personal Google accounts in case their school does not use G Suite.
Looking to Integrate with G Suite or Google Classroom?
Google Classroom has become of one of the most widely used LMS's across the country. Similarly, G Suite for Education has exploded in the last few years due to Google offering the base service for free. As of April 2020, G Suite for Education hosts 100 million students and 20 million faculty members.
With so many users on these platforms, it makes sense to build applications that integrate with Google Classroom and G Suite. Many tech admins are looking for products that work with their school's G Suite for Education environment. There's much your app can offer by integrating with Classroom and G Suite for Education.
If you're interested in learning more about integrating with Google's services, you should reach out to our team. We have in-depth experience building integrations with Google Classroom and other LMS's. If you're interested in hearing more about our work, email us at email@example.com or contact us at our support page.