There are a lot of homeschooling programs out there, all with good/great reviews. So, why would you use G Suite / G Suite for Education?
Homeschooling is one of the best things you can do for your children (give us a minute to explain). We’ve heard the complaints against homeschooling:
- Added Financial Strain / Cost (it’s normally not free)
- Lack of Accreditation / Certification
- Lack of Socialization
- Dependency Issues
- Added Workload for Parents
And while the complaints have validity, it’s not enough to overcome the benefits of homeschooling, such as:
- One-On-One Interactions
- Learning at a Comfortable Pace
- Ability to Identify Potential Problems Earlier
- Less Focused On Test Scores, And More Focused On Learning
- Protection From Bullying And Peer Pressure
- More Time With Your Family
So, it’s not surprising that you’re either considering homeschooling or have already started it. In fact, homeschooled children tend to do better on the ACT and SAT than non-homeschooled children.
With all that being said, some homeschool programs are fairly expensive and cumbersome to use. But, did you know that you can actually use G Suite for your homeschooling needs? G Suite has now introduced G Suite for Education and it’s built for parents and educators alike.
Today, we’re going to briefly discuss three reasons why you should use G Suite for Education for your homeschooling needs … ready?
It’s Completely Free
Almost everyone likes to hear the word free (excludes salespeople). Homeschooling does have some financial ramifications; public school is provided “free” (tax dollars). As such, it’s not always easy to use scheduling software and other tools when they cost more money. Some homeschool programs have their own built-in scheduling and/or communication methods, but they aren’t integrated with your Google account(s). As such, you have to log in to each account separately, whenever the thought comes to you.
Since you already have a Google account (most likely), it’s easy to communicate with your class/students directly from your browser, tablet, and/or smartphone. And since it’s free, you don’t have to sign up for a free trial or subscribe for a month to test the platform out.
There’s literally no risk in trying G Suite for Education.
You Can Access It Anywhere
Homeschooling gives parents and students a lot more flexibility when it comes to classroom time, but did you know that it also gives you the ability to work from any location?
Most homeschool programs can be run from an online browser. G Suite for Education is an online platform that gives you access to your homeschooling material and courses from any browser. So, even though you “accidentally” left the school laptop behind, there’s no reason to fall behind on your grading and/or schoolwork. Plus, everything is saved instantly so no work can be lost due to a power failure or computer failure.
Unless you’re in a place without internet, you have access to all of your schoolwork and/or classroom information.
You Can Customize Your Lessons, Quizzes, And Tests
And finally, homeschooling allows you to tailor your schoolwork to the individual needs of your children and/or family. Some programs have started teaching coursework that is against some religious standards. With homeschooling, you can avoid these controversial topics while teaching your children their ABC’s and 123’s without worrying about their curriculum being at odds with certain religious tenets that are a big part of your family and faith.
Creating a classroom, lessons, quizzes and more take just a few minutes. Plus, you can get instant feedback from your students and even communicate directly with them using the built-in messenger apps and/or email.
Final Thoughts: The Advantages of G Suite for Homeschooling
G Suite for Education is a great program that can help with your homeschooling needs. It can be used in conjunction with another homeschooling program, or independently. It’s free, accessible from anywhere, and it’s easily customizable. While you may not have considered using G Suite for your educational needs, it’s becoming a popular option that you shouldn’t ignore.