Google recently announced the launch of its new suite of educational offerings called Google Workspace for Education. This replaces the previous package called G Suite for Education. The rebrand comes with several changes to how Google supports schools on its platform and how apps can integrate with Google Classroom. Here are some of the notable changes from G Suite for Education to Google Workspace for Education.
In 2020, Google rebranded most of its G Suite services to fall under the Google Workspace umbrella. However, Google did not change the name of G Suite for Education until February of 2021. Now, all of Google's productivity suites fall under the Google Workspace brand.
New Pricing Tiers
Google now offers four different tiers for schools who want to adopt Google Workspace for Education:
- Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals (free for qualifying schools)
- Google Workspace for Education Standard ($3/student/year)
- Teaching and Learning Upgrade ($4/license/month)
- Google Workspace for Education Plus ($5/student/year)
Education Fundamentals is the base offering for schools and includes Google Classroom, Gmail, Docs, and other basic Google services designed for educational compliance. The Education Standard tier adds onto those services and provides additional security and auditing tools for school administrators. Generally, most options available in G Suite for Education can be found in these tiers.
The Teaching and Learning Upgrade and Education Plus tiers actually add new functionality that was not present in G Suite. Specifically, users of these tiers get access to additionally interactive Google Meet features (such as Q&A and polling tools) and to Google Classroom add-ons.
Google Classroom Add-ons
Perhaps the biggest announcement of Google Workspace for Education centers around the addition of Google Classroom add-ons. While add-ons are not yet available, they do present a new avenue for apps to integrate with the LMS. It also signals Google's initiative to innovate and further grow the platform.
Currently, apps can integrate with Google Classroom through the Classroom API. As of writing this post, Google has not announced what the method of publishing an app as a Google Classroom add-on. Thus, its yet to be seen if the add-ons will integrate through the existing Classroom API, a new API, or maybe even through the LTI® standard. Edtech developers and product managers should stay abreast about Classroom add-ons and be prepared to develop their own add-ons.
One thing to keep note is that add-ons are only available for the higher paid tiers of Google Workspace. Unlike apps that integrate through the Classroom API, only certain schools that use Google Classroom will be able to access the add-ons.
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