Chrome and GAFE questions answered

What is GAFE?

GAFE is Google Apps for Education. Through the Chrome browser Google is the host for a suite of applications available to educational institutions or use in school communities. The applications that are provided as core are email, calendar, documents (docs), slides, spreadsheets, and forms. A range of other applications(Apps) are available to load onto the users account. It allows staff and students to create, share and collaborate in an online space where the school can monitor usage (as we do with our current network).

What is Chrome?

Chrome is a web browser. It allows devices to access the internet and for users to access websites. (The best known web browsers are Internet Explorer and Safari.)

Why do I need Chrome?

We will be using Chrome to access Google Drive and other Chrome Apps to create documents and work at ADHS.

Where do I get it from?

Chrome can be downloaded from the internet for free for most devices from the following link, https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is an App that allows users to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and forms. Once created these can then be shared with staff, students and parents to allow users to collaborate on the document. Google Drive also allows users to save their work so that it is accessible from any online device through a logon.

What will we be doing in it?

At ADHS we will be using Google Drive and other Chrome Apps in many ways:

  • giving students access to cloud storage so they can access their work from any device wherever they have internet access

  • allowing students access to a range of subject specific Apps to complete class work.

Can we use Google docs without Chrome?

Yes you can use Google docs without Chrome, but it may not be as functional as in Chrome. you will have access to the additional Apps that we will be recommending that are only accessible through Chrome.

What are Web Apps?


Apps is an abbreviation for application. An App is a piece of software. It can run on the Internet, on your computer, or on your phone or other electronic device. (http://google.about.com/od/a/g/apps_def.htm)

Web Apps or web-based applications are programs that are designed to be used entirely within the browser. Using apps, you can do things like create documents, edit photos, and listen to music, without having to install complicated software. (https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1050586?hl=en)

What Apps will we need?

Initially, Chrome has a standard set of apps; chrome web store, google docs, You Tube, Google Drive and G-mail. You can load your selection of Apps through the Chrome web store. It is anticipated that at ADHS we will have the capacity to connect, free, subject specific Apps to each user.