Below is a brief overview of the most commonly used Google Apps. In the upcoming weeks, a more in-depth module will be released that focuses on specific tasks geared towards each application. Please check back soon for each update. Until then, feel free to explore some of the features that your free Google Apps account offers.
The first screen you will see whenever you sign into Google Apps is your Gmail account. This is your email and if you have never used Gmail, it's going to look and feel a bit different from your traditional email program. We'll get into Gmail in a lot more detail in a future module, but for now, make sure you are aware of the following:
Log into Gmail.com or your organization's Google Apps site (For ETHS, it's eths202.org). Try sending an email using the Compose button and search for existing mail using the search bar at the top of the screen.
If you share your time with anyone else (e.g. family calendar) or if you wish to show your events with others (e.g. class calendar), the collaboration benefits of using a Google Calendar are worth checking out.
How I Use a Google Calendar
Try opening Google Calendar and setting up a few events. Share the calendar with another user and collaborate on event planning.
One of the more underutilized apps, and deserving of its own place in the navigation bar, Google Forms is a great way to collect data fast and organize it in a spreadsheet.
Some Uses for Google Forms
Google Forms offer the ability to create data collection tools for any of the following:
Student Project Submissions | Student Interests Surveys | Learning Profile Surveys | Help Desk Requests | Online Self-Grading Quizzes | Feedback Forms
Open Documents or Drive (that's where Forms are "hidden") and Create a new Form. You'll start with two items, but you'll certainly be able to add more. Once you've practiced creating your form, send or share it with a few users to give it a test run.