COVID-19 Educator Help Desk

Can our international students access Google Classroom/Drive in China?

  • 1.  Can our international students access Google Classroom/Drive in China?

    Community Champion
    Posted 16 days ago
    I received this email from our international coordinator. Does anyone know? We use Google Classroom and Screencastomatic.

    "Secondly I wanted to find out if you all know definitively if our students could finish out the school year in China( via The networks) if they can figure out a way to get back home at several of them have been asking our China team about that .  I know in the past that the only way I could communicate with them was through WeChat as their emails often were blocked and I'm not sure that they could do google meet reliably without having it completely shut down .  That may have changed in the last few months but I'm not as adept with the technology translation as you all may be and wondered what you are thought with your expert opinions / information."

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    Bethany Seymour
    Technology Teacher
    Calvary Day School
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  • 2.  RE: Can our international students access Google Classroom/Drive in China?

    ISTE Staff
    Posted 16 days ago
    Hi Bethany,
    Thanks for sharing this question here! It's really valuable for lots of educators engaging with international students. Google, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter are blocked in China. However, Zoom is available in China but the connection sometimes is unstable. Email from Google mailbox or any mailbox should get through. I will advise your student to check their own mailbox setting and junk mail if they cannot get emails from school departments.

    The best way to help student taking classes in China is to advise them use a VPN service. With VPN, students' internet environment will be exactly the same here in the U.S.. This is the VPN I recommend, about $6/month, cheap and reliable. https://justmysocks2.net/members/cart.php?gid=1

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    Annie Ning
    Director, Asia Affairs
    ISTE
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  • 3.  RE: Can our international students access Google Classroom/Drive in China?

    ISTE Staff
    Posted 15 days ago

    Hi Bethany,
    @Troy Harkin shared this infographic with me that I thought you might find helpful. Full credit to Sandra Chow (@watnunu on Twitter), Jun Sheng, Xiaoyi Li, Jim Jin, and Clint Hamada (@chamada on Twitter).



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    Simon Helton
    Director, Membership and Community
    ISTE
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