Once your G Suite for Education implementation is in full swing, there will be pockets of success. Don’t miss an opportunity to share those moments. Proof of success is the most effective catalyst for further growth. Google stresses the importance of celebrating success and recognizing everyone for making it happen. You have to note the achievements of your team and user community. Google suggests a number of ways to accomplish this:
Have your executive sponsor send a message describing the success of the deployment. Explain the progress made toward achieving the project goals.
Recognize the contributions of your project team and the Google Guides through email or a post on the intranet.
Reward users who have embraced G Suite. You can set up a contest to come up with the most innovative new uses of G Suite.
Reinforce your G Suite vision. Reuse your original marketing campaign by tying it to the successes achieved.
Kate Fahey, Instructional Technology Specialist, relates a success story that highlights the benefits that G Suite provides. “One of our initial Chromebooks/G Suite pilot programs involved a teacher we’ll call Jenny,” she said. “Jenny didn’t ask to be part of the pilot. She inherited a class that was already slated for the pilot and was not happy about it. She didn’t want anything to do with the Chromebooks. Fast forward that school year and she was begging our director to let her keep the Chromebooks for her next year’s class.” David Andrade, MS Ed., Educational Technology Specialist and owner of EdTechGuy Consulting, has also seen a high level of acceptance.
“Teachers are reporting increased student engagement and learning and they love that they can have their students do research, more projects and work collaboratively,” he says. “Staff is also using Google Docs to create collaborative documents for teams and curriculum planning. Students with special needs are getting additional support and resources through G Suite and we haven’t had any issues.”
“Over the years it’s become easier and easier to deploy G Suite for Education,” says Peter Henrie, Google and EdTech Consultant at Amplified IT. “At this point, teachers and students are both crying out to use G Suite.”
Dean Stokes, a Google Certified Teacher working as a Learning Technologies Manager at a secondary school, is seeing the same kind of response. “I think the whole thing has been a success,” he says. “As a school, we must have saved thousands of hours by using G Suite. That doesn’t mean we have less staff now, it just means that people now have a more balanced workload and can be more productive.”
“The main thing though,” Stokes sums up, “is if I were to tell the staff I was turning off G Suite tomorrow, I think they’d tell me I was crazy and it’s the worst decision I could ever make. They’d maybe even start a petition! That says it all.”
Sharing these kinds of individual and group success stories and company-wide productivity improvements are effective ways to build support for the program. People seeing that it’s easier to perform their daily functions and to collaborate with co-workers will go a long way to encourage adoption.
To learn more about how you can successfully migrate to G Suite For Education, download our eBook: The Ultimate G Suite for Education Migration Kit.
For even more tips and best practices for a school’s G Suite implementation, download our eBook: The Ultimate G Suite for Education Migration Kit.