There is a wide range of apps and extensions available through the Google Marketplace and the Chrome Web Store that provide additional functionality to core G Suite Apps as well as other standalone functions.
What are apps and extensions?
- Chrome apps are generally standalone tools made available through the Web Store and may work offline. An example of these may be tools to create a document or produce audio files. Google are in the process of retiring these with many developers already converting these into Extensions or Web Apps. More details can be found on the Google Support Blog
- Extensions are additional features that can be installed to enhance functionality. These appear on the browser toolbar and tend to run online only.
- Web Apps are standalone tools that have their own site but integrate with G Suite to use the account to sign in and store information. For example, a Web App may read and write to files in a user’s Drive. These tend to run online only.
The Chromebook App Hub gives details on a number of apps with educational value as well as providing links to privacy policies that will help in any review before making a request for an App to be added to your tenancy.
How do I get an app or extension installed?
If you feel that an app or extension would be beneficial to your establishment please get in touch with your Glow Key Contact. A list of apps already in use by other establishments can be provided by Education Scotland firstname.lastname@example.org on request.
An app/extension request form will need to be completed and submitted to your Glow Key Contact and Information Security Officer for approval. To request a form contact email@example.com.
When filling out the request form please give consideration to the educational value, security and privacy of the app or extension, including GDPR compliance.
Once approved the form can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org for Education Scotland to process and make available with your tenancy.