Google Apps for Education now has more than 20 million users
Google has long supported education through technology, offering free tools like YouTube Edu and Google Apps for Education, and more recently by developing cost-efficient devices like Chromebooks with education app packs to boot.
Google has just announced that as of today, more than 20 million students, faculty and staff worldwide use Google Apps for Education. Apps for education launched about 6 years ago, and has been growing at an average rate of about 5 million users per year.
The education edition includes all of the standard Google products like
- Good Docs
Schools do not have to pay for access to Apps for Education, and students get up to 25GB of storage space on Google’s servers.
In addition, in the last year:
- 400+ universities are posting lectures and/or full courses online using YouTube Edu
- 600,000 staff from the Philippines Department of Education will now be using Google Apps
- Universities across the continents are signing up for Apps, including schools in Poland, Spain, the Netherlands and Africa
- More than 500 schools and districts went back to school with Chromebooks this fall
- Seven of the eight Ivy League universities and 72 of this year’s top 100 U.S. universities (as determined by 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s ranking) have gone Google with Google Apps for Education