Google Workspace for Education

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The following content has been circulated by Google Workspace for Education* and added to by our PDST Digital Technologies Advisors

*formerly known as GSuite for Education


Google Workspace for Education


Brief Description:

Google Workspace for Education is a suite of free* Google tools and services that are tailored for schools. It is available globally to all educational institutions that qualify. Google reserves the right to determine an organisation's eligibility for Google Workspace for Education. 

With Google Workspace for Education, educators and learners can avail of cloud based services such as Google Docs, Google Classroom, Google Calendar, Google Meet, Gmail and more. 

*Google Workspace for Education also has some paid for models available

Google for Education provides events and training for Irish schools, along with videos from their reference schools on this webpage:


Google Educator Group (Ireland)

This group of educators provide webinars and support materials for schools using Google Workspace for Education products. Their website can be accessed here


Getting Started:

Setting up Google Workspace for Education in your school. If you don't have the expertise within your school to do the initial setup and you should contact your ICT service provider for help to set up your educational Platform. Check out the links below to help you get set-up.


Once you have signed up for Google Workspace for education, you will have access to the core applications for communication and collaboration.

Google offers a Getting Started with Google for Education 8-week training programme. Every week a bite-size training tutorial is sent directly to your inbox. Each lesson takes less than 15 minutes to complete and provides basic training videos to get you started with Google Workspace for Education. Visit here to sign up:


Google Digital Maturity Framework

As you take stock and assess where you and your school is at in terms of your digital maturity, consider using Google's helpful Digital Maturity Framework as part of your data gathering process. 




Distance Learning Supports:

Google’s Applied Digital Skills team created 4 new landing pages to help teachers and learners during the challenging Coronavirus situation:

  • Back to School 2022:  Start the school year by incorporating digital skills lessons in your class to jumpstart student engagement.

  • Teach from anywhere:  Keep your students learning with these lessons to teach digital skills, even when you’re not together.

  • Learn from anywhere:  These lessons show you how to learn effectively using digital tools, from the comfort of your own home.

  • Work from anywhere:  Use these lessons to learn digital skills that will keep you working efficiently, even when you can't communicate in person.


Google has created a hub called Teach from Home with information on:

  • Teaching remotely with video

  • Teaching remotely without video

  • Managing the virtual classroom

  • Making lessons accessible to all

  • Keeping students engaged

  • Keeping in touch with colleagues and other teachers




Tools for Distance Learning:



Google Classroom           

Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.



What can you do with Classroom?

  • Create assignments for learners including content such as video, PDFs, Google Docs or Google Forms surveys

  • Share lesson materials and resources with learners

  • Reuse assignments, tests or other course content in future classes

  • View assignments, announcements and other resources on a class resource page

  • Draft assignments or announcements and schedule them to post on a later date

  • Use Google Calendar to track assignment due dates

  • Set permissions on whether students can make posts or comments (or mute individual students)

  • Set permissions on which teachers can create and manage classrooms, or which schools within a district can use Google Classroom


Google Meet  

Google Meet is a video calling tool built in to Google Workspace for Education. 


Google Meet Overview


What can you do with Meet?

Easy to join video calls that can be initiated through Google Calendar, Gmail and Google Classroom. 





Google Forms       

Manage event registrations, create a quick opinion poll, and much more. With Google Forms, you can create and analyse surveys right in your mobile or web browser—no special software required. You get instant results as they come in. And, you can summarise survey results at a glance with charts and graphs.

Forms are among the internet's most versatile tools. Whether you need a contact form or a checkout page, a survey or a student directory, a form is all you need to easily gather that information. With Google Forms, it only takes a few minutes to make one for free.

Google Forms—along with Docs, Sheets, and Slides—is part of Google's online apps suite of tools to help you get more done in your browser for free. It's easy to use and one of the simplest ways to save data directly to a spreadsheet.

When you need to gather data for your spreadsheets, a form is your best friend. In this chapter, let's take an in-depth look at Google Forms' features, hidden tools, and add-ons to help you make the forms you need in minutes.

What can you do with Forms?

  • Surveys

  • Questionnaires

  • Custom forms

  • Drag-and-drop

  • Customise values

  • Reorder questions

  • Add images, videos, and custom logic

  • Real-time response information

Create Quizzes in Google Forms



Google Docs       


Google Docs brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs. Choose from hundreds of fonts, add links, images, and drawings. All for free.

Word processing for teams

Create and edit text documents right in your browser—no dedicated software required. Multiple people can work at the same time, and every change is saved automatically.

Getting Started with Google Docs



Google Drive     

Google Drive is a free service from Google that allows you to store files online and access them anywhere using the cloud. Google Drive also gives you access to free web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. Google drive is th hub where all your content is automatically saved. 



Distance Learning Strategies 


Link to Distance Learning Video:

See below to see what aspects were discussed:

6:40  --  Opportunities for engagement using Hangouts Meet, Docs and Slides

12:35 -- Tips for chunking content into shorter segments

17:25 -- Integrating Hands-on Activities

19:25 -- Using Google Forms and Quizzes

21:45 -- Using Classroom discussions and Assignments

24:39 -- Extending Hangouts Meet

30:45 -- Incorporating Social Emotional Learning

36:15 -- Incorporating Project Based Learning

39:37 -- Sharing Recordings for Make-Up Work

41:35 -- Communicating with Families

44:45 -- Working with Teacher Unions

45:32 - Working with ELLs

48:45 -- Teacher Resources

50:30 -- Hangout Premium Features Extension



Supports and Tutorial links:

  • PDST Digital Technologies Youtube Playlist exploring the Google Workspace for Education admin console features

  • Padlet Wall of Google Workspace for Education videos

  • How to keep your lessons going remotely

  • Explore distance learning resources

  • Tips for Enabling Distance Learning through Google Workspace for Education & Chrome

  • Preparing students to learn from home with Chromebooks

  • Google Office Blog

  • Enabling Recording in Google meet

Google Hangouts Meet - Enabling Recording - Watch Video




Past webinars:

A range of previously screened webinars are available to watch on demand at

 Creating a Google Classroom Webinar:


End of year platform tips


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