Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Getting Started with Google School Accounts




As an awesome addition to our digital tool box, our District recently connected to Google Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education or GAFE).

While we still have access to our Office 365 accounts, you now have the option to choose from a wider assortment of tools.  Check out the comparison chart below for a few ideas on how things line up between Office 365 and Google.
 
Just like with Office 365, you can take advantage of the many great Google apps on your desktop computer and through your iPad.
 
To use Google Suite on your iPads, you will want to get the apps first.  In your app store, search for Google, and download those that you think you will get the most use out of.  You will at least want to download Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Photos. Although there are plenty more you can take advantage of.

Sign In

After downloading the apps, the first thing you will want to do is sign into the Google Drive App.

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Now, as you use the other Google apps on your iPad, like Docs and Sheets, if you are signed into Google Drive, when you press "sign in" you should see "Continue As" and your Name and Fort Thomas email account

Try it Out

Open up the Docs app and create a new doc by pressing the red circle with plus sign in the lower right hand corner.  You can start from a template or a blank document.
You can also share your document with a colleague for simultaneous editing and collaboration.  

Share it with one other person by pressing the dot stack in the top right hand corner, choose Share and Export and type their email.  Before you send the email, double check the editing privileges, by pressing the pencil symbo next to the email.
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The person you shared the document with, will receive an email.  Once they open that link in their own app, they will be able to go back and find the document in their "Shared with Me" area.
The same is true for you, documents shared with you appear in the "Shared with Me" area

In the Docs OR Drive app press the "pancake stack" in the upper left hand corner to locate your "Shared with Me" area.
Shared with Me is under the main menu
 

Working from a Browser

      • Go to Google
      • Log in by pressing "Sign In" - Upper Right Hand Corner
      • Use School Email and Password

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    Once you are logged in, the Google apps like Docs, Forms and Sheets are all located in the "Waffle" on the top right hand side of the screen.
     Take some time to explore these apps in both the browser and on your iPad to get a feel for how they work together, how you can use them to collaborate and think about how giving your students a choice between platforms might be a good way to expose them to many different types of storage and document creation tools before they graduate.