Beginning in June 2018, G Suite for Education (GSfE) became available for free to homeschool co-ops. To be eligible, co-ops must meet the eligibility criteria for the program with Google.
Please consider your privacy: CHEC is a strong advocate for the privacy rights of homeschool families. We believe that families should do their own research on the privacy standards of any program before sharing their child’s information online. It is important that group leaders remember that as with all free programs, the FREE offer can cease to exist at any time. You can read Google’s Privacy and Security policy on their website. If you have questions about the privacy of your student’s data in G Suite, please contact HSLDA.
Follow these steps to acquire access to your G-Suite for Education:
1. Determine Eligibility
To be eligible for GSfE, a group must:
- Be a non-profit organization in Colorado
- Be a homeschool group, co-op, or Classical Conversations that provides services to students for two or fewer days per week
- Own a website domain (in order to establish the G Suite account)
- Not eligible: Individual (single) families or homeschool groups that only provide support for parents but do not involve students.
- If you are not eligible: You can use your personal Google accounts to use classroom and other products, and you can also set up kid accounts for your children.
More information: Click here to view the G Suite for Education FAQ.
2. Request a Code
G-Suites codes can now be obtained directly by filling out the application here. If asked for a school code, skip the section for now. When the form asks for an institution name, put in your name, with “Homeschool Co-op” after it. For example, “Simla Chargers Homeschool Co-op.” Once submitted, G-Suites will verify that you have an active website. This process can take several days to complete before approving your Co-op.
3. Sign up for GSfE and Wait for Approval
Once you receive your confirmation code from the CHEC, follow the instructions in the email to sign-up and for G Suite for Education. Google will review the submission, validate the code, and complete the application.
Getting Started: This site houses resources to help you setup your G Suite for Education account including (but not limited to):
- Signing up for G-Suite for Education Video (3 mins)
- Quick Tips: Deploy G Suite Video (6 mins)
- G Suite Deployment Guide
24/7 Support from Google for Education: Helping hands are available around the clock so you can get the help you need, whenever you need it. Visit our G-Suite Administrator Help Center for self-serve resources, or connect with a member of the Google Support team by clicking “Contact Us” near the bottom right of the page.
Now that you have access to G-Suite for Education, it’s time to learn about the tools and how to use them in a learning environment. The Google for Education Training Center offers free training on a wide variety of topics – from general lessons (Getting familiar with Google tools for the Digital Classroom), to specific tutorials on each tool (Docs, Drive, Classroom, etc), you’ll surely find what you need.
- Discover Local Google for Education Experts
- Join this Google+ group alongside other homeschools in the US to share ideas, ask questions, and help one another.
Free Programs & Curriculum from Google for Education:
- Applied Digital Skills– teach critical digital skills that have immediate, real-life application and helps students prepare for jobs.
- Be Internet Awesome– teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship to help them be safe, confident explorers of the online world.
- CS First– introduce computer science to kids (no CS experience needed)
- Expeditions– a free app that brings immersive computing to schools, which brings abstract concepts to life, and gives homeschoolers a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.
- …and manymore!
Questions about using G-Suite for Education? Send an email to email@example.com.