MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Google is making some paid features of the enterprise version of G Suite for Education free in the Philippines, the company announced Saturday, March 21.
The app suite is a set of productivity tools for teaching and learning, including Hangouts (video and voice conferencing), Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and Google Classroom. The company says that with these tools, schools will be able conduct distance learning and remain productive despite not being in one classroom together.
In a March 4 post on the Google Cloud Blog, Javier Soltero, General Manager and Vice President for G Suite, also wrote that specific features meant for advanced Hangouts Meet video conferencing would be made available to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally “at no additional cost to all customers until July 1, 2020.”
These features include the following:
- Support for larger meetings of up to 250 participants per call
- Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain
- The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive
Bernadette Nacario, country director for Google Philippines, said in a recent press statement that Google was “committed to supporting our users, partners, and the broader local community during this challenging time.”
“We hope that our distance learning tools such as G Suite for Education, training, and resources can help our teachers and students stay connected at home and continue with their curriculum as needed,” she said.
To learn more, visit Google for Education hub and The Keyword blog. Educators may also check this YouTube webinar from the University of the Philippines on how to convert classes online using Google Classroom.
Schools interested to set up a G Suite for Education account may write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. – Rappler.com
(Editor’s note: An earlier version of the story reported a paid tier for Google Classroom. Google Classroom is free. G Suite Enterprise for Education is the product that traditionally offers added features for a fee. This has been corrected.)