What is GAFE
"Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for FREE. These communication and collaboration apps include Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs and Sites, and a GAFE account unlocks access to dozens of other collaborative tools supported by Google. All of these applications exists completely online (or in the cloud), meaning that all creations can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection. Once a school decides to embrace Google Apps for Education, they can register their school domain (web address), and administer all teacher and student accounts from an administrative dashboard."
Google Drive is like an online hard drive where you can store all your files - stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos - anything! As part of Google Apps for Education, Drive has unlimited storage, so you and your students don’t have to worry about full disks, deleting old files, or losing anything when a computer crashes. You can access your files from any device, and, best of all, you never have to save: Drive automatically saves every time you make an edit!
Google Apps Vault is an add-on for Google Apps that lets you retain, archive, search, and export your organization's email and chat messages for your eDiscovery and compliance needs. You can also search and export your organization's files in Google Drive. Vault is entirely web-based, so there's no need to install or maintain any software. Vault is included with Google Apps Unlimited or Google Apps for Education, or you can buy Vault licenses for an additional $5 per user, per month.
Other Google Tools
Google Apps for Education also includes a number of Google products that promote collaboration among students and with their teachers. Students can work together, in class or at home, to complete assignments and group projects. All of their work is auto-saved, and they can even edit without WiFi.
- Google Docs: documents come to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs. Choose from thousands of fonts, plus add links, images, drawings, and tables
- Google Sheets: spreadsheets for analyzing, visualizing, and charting data
- Google Forms: quick & easy surveys to gather information
- Google Slides: a presentation tool that makes it easy to tell stories
- Google Drawings: Graphics and flowchart creation with shapes, text, and images
How To Videos
Gmail Tutorial 2014 - Quick StartGoogle Drive Tutorial 2015 - Quick StartGoogle Calendar Tutorial 2015 - Quick Start