Google has announced an army of new features for its education-focused products. Part of the roster of products includes a rebrand. G Suite for Education is being rebranded to Google Workspace for Education.
The company first unveiled the Workspace branding for its office apps suite in October, but the education-focused suite had retained the G Suite branding until now.
Among other changes to the different tiers, the free edition of G Suite for Education is being renamed to Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals and G Suite Enterprise for Education is being renamed to Google Workspace for Education Plus.
Google is also announcing data storage policy changes for its education customers. Previously, Google offered unlimited storage to qualifying institutions, but starting next year, the company will move schools toward a pooled storage model, offering a baseline of 100TB of pooled storage shared among an institution.
Additionally, the tech giant is integrating Meet and its Google Classroom products more tightly. Students won’t be able to join Meet calls created from Classroom before the teacher does, and Meet will be able to restrict meetings to just students and teachers in a class based on a classroom roster. These features, and others, will launch later this year.
It sounds like Google is wading into the education technology space, we may even see an artificial intelligence (AI) bot, or algorithm that will be in charge of Google’s education related actions.
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