Google has been very active on the education front, supplying students and teachers with tools to make their worlds that much easier, now they’ve announced Google Drive for education. Chromebooks are becoming an increasing sight in a lot of schools because they are low cost, easy to use and easy for IT departments to maintain. So it makes sense that Google would roll Google Drive out for students with some special perks not every Google Drive customer gets.
Drive for Education will be available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge and will include:
Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks.
Vault: Google Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year.
Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way.
This is all offered with full encryption so students can rest a little easier knowing their data is as safe as it can be on Google’s servers. Google’s march into the classroom has been very successful, I personally know a few school IT directors who administer Google Apps, Drive and Chromebooks for the staff and students. Great to see these tools being utilized in the classroom going into the future.