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Microsoft Teams vs. Zoom Vs Google Meet For Education

For Education

Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet offer multiple versions of their software based on usage requirements. This includes free versions that are great for light uses, short conference calls, and light file sharing.

Microsoft Teams for Education

Microsoft Teams comes with all Microsoft Office 365 A licenses and features do not change across the license plans.

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Microsoft Teams for education offers many innovative tools specifically for education. These tools are not available in the business versions of teams.

These educational features include:

  • Assignments - Assign, track and grade assignments
  • Immersive Reader - Easily read conversations and chat in a personalized format
  • Whiteboard - Collaborate in a freeform, infinite digital canvas
  • Raise Your Hand - Be heard without disrupting other students
  • Together Mode - See the whole class in a new way
  • Accessibility - ASL visibility features and live closed captions
  • LMS Integrations - Custom educational experiences and LMS integrations

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Zoom for Education

Zoom offers two separate plans for education. Both plans start at $90 per year per user but are differentiated by certain features and software design.

Zoom for Higher Education is used by 96% of top US universities (US News and World Report), while Zoom for K-12 is steadily carving out a market share among schools and districts.

Like Microsoft Teams, Zoom for education boasts additional features to improve classroom and learning performance.

These educational features include:

  • Session Recording - Record lessons for playback
  • Student Engagement Tracking - Track student engagement
  • LMS Integration - Integrate with existing Learning Management Systems
  • Accessibility - Captioning and keyboard shortcuts
  • Enhanced Collaboration - One-click content sharing, real-time co-annotation, and digital white boarding

Read our an in-depth comparison of Teams vs Zoom!

Google Meet for Education

G Suite does not have any features specifically for education that differ from their enterprise solution, however, the G Suite platform is built for collaboration and offers a great medium for online learning and teaching.

Google Meet is a fantastic conferencing platform and Google Chat offers a chatting/collaboration/file sharing tool for added collaborating ability.

Using Google Classroom, Google Assignment and Google Forms, educators can create class curriculums, assign projects and grade with ease.

Advantages of Google Suite (Meet) include:

  • Collaboration - Google's entire product suite was built with collaboration in mind
  • Products - Google Suite appears to have a product for every task
  • Ease-of-use - If you use Gmail, you are likely already familiar with at least a handful Google products
  • Open Source - Google offers limitless open source templates for nearly any task

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Apples to Apples

Important to Keep in Mind

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When comparing these three products it is important to keep in mind that we are not comparing apples to apples.

Zoom is a stand-alone video conferencing product. Microsoft Teams andGoogle Meet are both conferencing products that are part of much larger product suites. Google Meet and Microsoft Teams cannot be purchased separately as they are part of all license options.

If you purchase Zoom, it is very likely you have already or will be purchasing either a Microsoft Office 365 or G Suite license.

Office 365 and G Suite

Microsoft Office 365 and Google's G Suite own over 99% of the office suite market share. They are both great product suites and are a must have for nearly every work environment.

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Performance Comparison

For this comparison guide only the video conferencing features have been compared for Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet.

Microsoft Teams

Across 12,229 g2.com reviews, Teams averages 4.3/5. Here are the trending positive reviews:

  • Highly customizable
  • Tightly integrated with other Microsoft Office apps
  • Plentiful integration options
  • Included with Office 365 business accounts

Zoom

Across 41,019 g2.com reviews, Zoom averages 4.5/5. Here are the trending positive reviews:

  • Stellar performance
  • Rich features for hosts and participants
  • Easy to use
  • Company addresses problems candidly and quickly

Google Meet

Across 39,852 g2.com reviews, Google Workspace averages 4.6/5. Here are the trending positive reviews:

  • Highly customizable
  • Open source availability makes creating course content a breeze
  • Plentiful integration options
  • Included with Google Suite

Conclusion

Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet offer a great solution to any video conferencing need.

Overall, Zoom is the highest reviewed conferencing software and a great option for a stand-alone video conferencing solution. However, when it comes to the best value, it is hard to beat Microsoft's 365 Business license. Not only do you get Microsoft Teams, but you receive access to the entire Microsoft suite and collaboration tools.

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