Schools around the world are quickly adopting G Suite for Education because the benefits of doing so, including ease of collaboration, impact on literacy rates, and ease of use across all devices, greatly outweigh the hardships faced rolling it out and growing its adoption.
We’re here to help . Ensuring the success of your G Suite implementation may be challenging, but it’s possible. It takes planning, nurturing, and hard work. But the results, improved communication, and efficiency are worth it. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to work. We have some educating to do!
Sometimes the hardest part of a process is the beginning, especially when embarking on a major change like a G Suite implementation. Most people are set in their ways and getting them to adapt to something new can be difficult.
“When we first began this journey, I spent a lot of time listening to people’s fears and questions,” says Kate Fahey, Instructional Technology Specialist and Google Educational Trainer in Greater Chicago. “If I could alleviate them, I would. If I couldn’t, I was honest with them. Once I built that relationship, they trusted me to lead them in the right direction.”
Open and honest communications is key to getting off on the right foot.
It Starts from the Top
Any new initiative needs the backing of the leaders in the institution, and that’s the case with G Suite.
“We had the full support of the college’s senior management team,” says James Kieft, UK-based Group Learning and Development Manager at Activate Learning. “Their own buy-in and wide-ranging use of G Suite helped to reinforce the importance they attached to it.”
What’s in it for Me?
No matter how attractive or beneficial the change appears, the success of G Suite migration will ultimately come down to each individual wanting to know how their daily working environment will be impacted. If you want individuals to become adopters, you’re going to have to show them how they will benefit from using G Suite.
First Impressions are Key
“Configuring G Suite for Education correctly is absolutely imperative,” stresses Peter Henrie, Google and Edtech Consultant and founder of Virginia-based Amplified IT. “The service does not come configured for a school environment – it’s a business application that is given free to schools. Because of that, the defaults are the same for business and education. Going through each setting within the Admin console and deciding how it will affect the staff and students is crucial.”
“Communications with staff before moving to G Suite is key,” Henrie goes on. “Let them know it’s coming and what to expect once it comes. As an example, many of the staff already had personal Google accounts registered with their school domain address. They needed to choose whether to create a new personal Google account or migrate their data into the new G Suite for Education domain. Telling users about these issues and what to do before they happen is critical.”
The kickoff and early stages of the implementations are crucial. Work hard to allay fears and to prepare people for the change.
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