Google software for schools

The current Google agreement provides schools with the ability to manage any number of Chromebooks from a cloud-based admin console.

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  • Principals and Tumukai
  • Teachers and Kaiako
  • School ICT Specialist
  • Boards
  • Administrators
  • External ICT Providers

Google software is a useful tool for schools that supports teaching and learning. The Chrome Education Upgrade is a Ministry-funded support, that if you choose to use must be deployed within the timeframe below. 

The Google agreement

The Google agreement provides schools with Ministry-funded Chrome Education Upgrades. The licence allows schools to manage any number of Chromebooks, customise features and configure security settings from a cloud-based admin console. 

Key features of the Chrome Education Upgrade

Schools will be able to create a personalised, school-wide experience for each and every device covered by the licence. Through the licence, schools will be able to:

  • push apps to student devices so they have the right apps they need
  • customise the user experience by automatically loading websites on start-up, adding custom bookmarks and blocking distractions
  • schedule updates on Chromebooks
  • prevent anyone from un-enrolling  their managed Chromebook from the school’s domain, minimising lost and stolen devices
  • manage student sign-in to prioritise educational use of devices during school hours.
  • get free (24/7) support which can be accessed from the Google Admin Console by pushing the question mark “?” button.

The Chrome Education Upgrade is a perpetual licence that covers the life of the device it's enrolled to.

Download the Chrome Education Upgrade overview to find out more about the licence’s features.

Chrome Education Upgrade overview – Google website(external link) 

Schools covered

The Ministry will cover the cost of the Chrome Education Update for all New Zealand state and state-integrated schools.

Duration of the Google Agreement

Our Google Agreement starts on 1 November 2018 and runs until 30 June 2021.

Computers covered by the Agreement 

All school-owned, leased and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Chromebooks.

Previously unmanaged Chromebooks (Chromebooks without a Chrome Education Upgrade license) and newly purchased Chromebooks will be able to enrol into the school’s network with the Ministry-funded licence and be managed.

How to get the Chrome Education Upgrade

Contact one of the registered Chrome Education Upgrade partners to organise enrolment of your Chromebook devices.

Registered Chrome Education Upgrade  partners – Google website(external link)

For schools that have already bought a Chrome Education Upgrade, you may apply for the Ministry-funded licence for the purchase of new devices.

How to get Google for Education products not covered by the Agreement

Contact one of the Chrome Education Upgrade partners.

Registered Chrome Education Upgrade partners – Google website(external link)

Your rights and obligations under the Agreement

Schools are obligated to deploy a Chrome Education Upgrade within six months of being allocated it. Unused licences will be re-purposed by the Ministry for re-allocation to other schools.

Agreement for Chrome Education Update – Google website(external link)

Training for Google for Education tools

Visit the Google for Education blog for updates.

Google for Education blog(external link)

If you're a teacher, Google’s Teacher Centre has free resources on G-Suite for Education. These resources include the training module for Chromebooks that can help you make the most out of having Chromebooks in your classroom.

Teacher Centre – Google website(external link)

Chromebooks training module login – Google website(external link)

If you're an IT administrator, go to the Chrome device management page to learn more about managing Chromebooks.

About Chrome device management – Google website(external link)

Online training courses are also available for G Suite administrators.

G Suite administration – Google website(external link)

Learn how Bombay School in Auckland is easily and securely managing all students’ Chromebook devices with the Chrome Education Upgrade.

Bombay School case study – Google website(external link)

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