Google Drive, Google Docs and
Google Groups…What are they? Google Drive and DocsGoogle Drive is a Internet cloud storage service thatallows you to store your documents, photos, videos and more online in one place. From Drive, you canalso access Google Docs and Google Groups, where you can create, share and collaborate ondocuments, spreadsheets, presentations and more from anywhere while online.
Google Drive Google Drive is
a free service from Google that allows you to store files from yourcomputer online and access them anywhere, with multiple devices, using the cloud.Google Drive also gives you access to one of Googles most popular services, Google Docs. Google Drive really evolved from Google Docs.In order to use Google Drive, you need a Google Account. Google Accounts are free, during the signup process, you also receive a Gmail (Google Mail) address and Google+ profile. Once your account is created, you can use your Gmail address to access not onlyGoogle Drive, but other Google services like Groups, Calendar, YouTube, Reader, and more! Fortunately, none of you have to create your Google account here at SVSU, you already had one created by your dedicated IT dept. The Google Login Usernameshould read as follows: First Name.LastName@apps.svsu.org. The Password should be the same as the one used to login into the SVSU domainRemember, if you already have a “PERSONAL” Google Account, don’t use it for any SPED related tasks, they are separate entities when accessing SPED related materials!!!
Google DriveAfter login, make sure
you install Google Drive’s software to your personal or work PC/laptop/PDA, this will enable your device to synchronize all your Google documents.
Google DocsGoogle Docs is a
free, web-based application that lets you create, share, andmanage documents, or docs. If youve ever used a productivity suite like MicrosoftOffice, Open Office, or Libre Office, some things about Google Docs might seemvery familiar.For instance, the types of docs you can work with in Google Docs resemble filesthat can be created with various Microsoft Office programs, such as:Word Documents: For composing letters, flyers, essays, and other text-basedfiles (similar to Microsoft Word documents).Spreadsheets: For storing and organizing information (similar to Microsoft Excelworksheets).Presentations: For creating and presenting slides (similar to Microsoft PowerPointslideshows).Also:Forms: For collecting and organizing data.Drawings: For creating simple vector graphics or diagrams.Tables: For creating visual representations of your uploaded data.
Google Docs So…Why Use Google
Docs? You can access it anywhere, and its easy to share and collaborate on docs. Google Docs lets you decide exactly who you want to see your docs by offering three sharing settings. You can choose to: •Keep a document private •Share it with a few people •Make it public on the web You can also customize these settings to allow others to edit your doc. This can be extremely useful if youre working on a document with a group of people.Instead of sending multiple versions of a document back and forth asyou each make edits, you will all be able to make comments and edit the same file in real time.
Google DocsWhat kinds of files
would you keep on your Google Drive? Can you think of any files youd like to sync across multiple devices? Try using one of the demos on the Google Docs Demo page. How does Google Docs compare with other programs youve used before? Think of a few situations when you might need to collaborate on a file with others.
Google Groups SVSU Plus Student
Projects on Google Docs 2012 SVSU Paraeducators on Google Docs Family Cooking Forum on Google Docs Volleyball Club on Google Docs
Group What is an online
group anyway? A group is an online environment for discussing items related to a specific subject, such as soccer or Gmail.A group can contain multiple topics. Topics are different discussions related to the groups subject. Topics in agroup about soccer might be “What are the rules of the game?” or “Soccer game this Saturday.”Topics can contain multiple posts. Posts are replies from readers to the topic.
Google GroupsGoogle Groups is a
Google online application allowing you to createemail groups. Google Groups is free of charge and available atwww.groups.google.com. Again, you don’t have to create your ParaGroup, as you can access it in your SVSU Google Drive Account.Theres a lot you can do with Google Groups:•Engage in discussions about a specific subject.•Create a question and answer customer support group for a product, suchas a piece of software your company has written.•Organize meetings, conferences, or social events among members of agroup.•Find people with similar hobbies, interests, or backgrounds.•Read group posts through email, the online interface, or both.
Types of Google Groups User
Roles: Administrators vs. Participants There are two types of Google Groups user roles: Participants and Administrators. Administrators create new groups and manage group members, discussions, and other settings. (E.g. Meg posts an article on Autism to share with the Para Educators) Participants subscribe to groups and participate in group discussions. (E.g. Para in Sped posts her or his view on Meg’s article.)A roles permissions determines what a user can do within a group.
Helpful Google Tutorial Websites on
Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Groups and other Google Apps Google Drivehttp://www.gcflearnfree.org/googledriveanddocs/1.2 Google Groupshttps://sites.google.com/site/teachertechtutorials/googleapps#TOC-Groupshttp://www.google.com/google-d-s/tour2.htmlGoogle Docshttp://youtu.be/wKJ9KzGQq0whttp://edutech.msu.edu/online/googledocs/googledocs.html