Get Google Apps for Your School
Google’s Free Offer
Google Apps for Education is free with 24/7 support at no cost. Google plan to keep the core offering of Google Apps for Education free. This offering includes user accounts for future incoming students. As you may know, Google was founded by a research project at Stanford University, and this is just one way we can give back to the educational community.
Each user has unlimited storage for Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. (If you have 4 or fewer users in your organization, each user gets 1 TB of storage.)
Accredited non-profit organizations are eligible for Google Apps for Education.
A full Set of FAQ’s can be seen here
Google Apps FAQ’s
My Aim is to get schools set up on Google Apps for Education and promote it’s use. Web2 is here and schools will soon need to offer access to work at home.
Google Apps is an ideal place to start. It offers everything a school needs to allow staff and students to keep working from home on almost any device that has an internet connection regardless of operating system.
Get Google Apps
If you are thinking of setting up Google Apps for Education for your school then I can help to get your school up and running. But, first things first, you need to sign up and buy a domain.
Buying a Domain
The easiest way for your school to get signed up for Google Apps for Education is to apply directly to Google and accept their offer to create a new domain for you. All the settings you would normally have to complete manually such as proving ownership of the domain and redirecting mail to Google email servers is done for you. This option will rely on the school having a credit card available that can be used to buy the new domain.
If you don’t have access to a school credit card then other options are available, but require some technical knowledge. If you need help signing up and getting your domain configured please contact me for support.
Once you have signed up I can offer your school the following services to help you smoothly on to Google Apps.
- Add users (students and staff) – see note 1
- setup email and passwords for all users.
- Setup year and staff groups
- Configure students email so they can only send to the school domain.
- This stops students emailing anyone outside of the school domain and complies with the school’s e-safety and child protection policies.
- Set up a “Moderator’s” account to forward all students emails to one account.
- This is a history of students email and can be used as evidence in case any inappropriate content is sent.
- Configure Google Vault to meet with the school’s Information Governance and e-safety policy.
- Set up a warning message students will receive when trying to send to anyone outside of the school domain.
- Setup “whitelists” incase the school wants students to email or share content with other schools.
- Configure any anti-bullying or e-safety messages that will be attached to all students email.
- Set up Google Drive with staff and public folders.
- Google Apps “Letter Home” template.
- Enroll staff into Google Classroom.
Email me for pricing.
Note 1: user import is limited to 250 users, there will be a small charge over this amount.
Training and Classroom Support
Google Apps for Education is a totally new way of working and the first few lessons along with staff introduction are very important in making it a success. As a school, you can’t be expected to instantly move all your work into the “cloud”. Teachers and support staff need to be confident in the technology and will required tried and tested methods that will allow easy migration of school work onto Google Apps.
The first few lessons with students are the most important. I can offer bespoke staff and classroom support to help ease the move and advise on the best approach to start working from the cloud. Please email me for pricing.