GSFE - Walled Garden

Google Suite for Education functions within what Google calls a “walled garden.” It will not allow students to send or receive email outside of the school district GSFE domain. Students can only send emails to school district staff and students within the secure environment. It will not allow him or her to send or receive email outside of our “walled garden.”

These tools are accessible from any device that has access to the internet. Google Suite will work on desktops, laptops, Chromebooks and there are specific Google Apps available or Android and iPad tablets.

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is excited to offer staff and students in Grades 4 - 12 a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account. GAFE consists of the following tools: Classroom, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites.

What are Google Apps for Education?

  • GAFE is a cloud based set of applications that are completely free for educational institutions.
  • It is very easy to collaborate using GAFE.  Documents, email, calendars, spreadsheets and sites can be accessed and edited any time.
  • Work offline with documents
  • Share files/documents/documents with students and collaborate in real time
  • Receive and provide feedback on student assignments
  • Can be used on any device (computer, phone, tablet)
  • It is available 24/7 provided an internet connection is available
  • Education accounts have unlimited storage capacity in Google Drive
  • GAFE provides numerous security features that have been designed to keep data safe and secure
  • GAFE contains no advertising
  • Google cannot gather student or district information

More information on GAFE productivity tools is available here.