Monday, 2 November 2015

Introduction to Google Apps

Are you sure your using your Gmail account to its full potential? Do you know the Apps connected to your account and their educational uses?

Let’s have a look at the different apps connected to a Gmail account. 

To begin with, we have Drive, a cloud storage and file backup system which provides you with 15 Gigabytes of disc space to host all kinds of files, photos, videos, and so on for free. Within Drive, you can also create all kinds of documents with Google’s own web based office suite. 

With Google Docs you can write text documents and use Google search to find relevant information for the topic you’re working in without leaving your document. 

We also have Google Sheets, a handy spreadsheet program to organize your data and work with tons of formulas for your calculations, as you would in Microsoft Excel. 

Google Slides can be used to create stunning presentations. You can also use Microsoft Powerpoint presentations within Google Slides. In fact, Google docs, sheets and Slides can all be easily converted to any standard file format in the market. 

In Google Forms there are different types of questions available to make surveys or gather information. Then, you can analyze the submitted data in an associated spreadsheet. 

There’s also a practical Calendar in which we can organize all our meetings, lectures or events, establishing notifications and inviting our contacts. You’ll never forget an appointment again.

You can also create Groups from your contacts and use them as mailing lists or as a base for sharing documents, for example. 

With Sites, we have a simple and fast way to create sophisticated web pages with the help of existing templates. 

You can communicate in real time with your friends, students or customers through Hangouts, either through texting, audio or video calls. 

With Blogger you can run your own blogs on topics of your interest, either by yourself or in collaboration with others. 

If you are a teacher and your education institution uses Google Apps, you can also take advantage of Google Classroom, a friendly e-learning site where teachers can interact with their students, setting and marking assignments, integrating resources and interactive content. 

This video shows the basic use of these apps and where to find them:

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