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Google Suite

Learn about the different tools you can access with your Eastern email account and how you can use them both inside and outside of the classroom.

Google Drive

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Google Drive is a central hub where all of your projects are stored.  It acts like a physical hard drive, but everything is stored in the Cloud, meaning you don't have to worry about your files taking up precious storage space on your computer.  Able to store projects from the majority of the Google tools listed on this page and accessible from anywhere with internet access, Google Drive is a handy organization and storage tool that can help make your file finding faster and easier.

Adding Folders and Files

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Shared Drives

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Ways to Use Drive

1. Class Content Storage: Upload and organize all of the resources you use regularly for the classes you teach for easy access anywhere.

2. Shared Drives: For resources needed within teams or entire departments, creating a shared drive allows everyone access to the resources they need whenever they need them.

Google Docs

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Google Docs is Google's word processing tool.  Similar to Microsoft Word,

you can create, design, and edit text documents with a variety of features.  Perhaps the most notable feature of Docs is the ability to simultaneously edit documents, allowing for multiple people to work on the same project at the same time and give each other live feedback, including reactions, and suggestions.  Google Docs is also integrated with Turnitin's Draft Coach feature, allowing users to check their document for similarity to other documents, grammar mistakes, and citation errors.

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Google Slides

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Google Slides allows you to easily create presentations that you can access from anywhere.  With plenty of templates to use and the ability to share and collaborate with others on your team, it's easy to create beautiful and meaningful presentations.  If you have ever assigned a group presentation to your students, odds are that they have used Google Slides to work on their project due to the ease of collaboration.

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Google Sheets

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Google Sheets is a tool for creating spreadsheets and organizing data similar to Microsoft Excel.

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Google Forms

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Google Calendar

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Google Calendar is exactly what it sounds like: a calendar where you can keep track of all of your important meetings, tasks, and appointments.  Within its simple interface lies a powerful tool for scheduling any kind of event with anyone you want, even if it's just you!  You can share your calendar with others to avoid scheduling conflicts, share events with others, block out Focus Time so you won't be asked to join meetings when you need to get a project done, get insights on your time usage, and so much more!

Creating an Event

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Sharing Your Calendar

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More Settings and Insights

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In this video from our Spring 2023 Lunch and Learn series - which you can find in our Training Archives - Executive Assistant to the Assistant Provost, Nicole Markert, covers some more exciting features in Google Calendar, including:

  • creating bookable appointments

  • integrating Doodle polls to your calendar

  • and creating and organizing Google Tasks within your calendar

Ways to Use Calendar

1. Personal Use: Manage and share your meetings and calendar to keep up to date on the tasks, appointments, meetings, and classes you have throughout your day.

2. Student Meetings: Need students to meet with you about a paper, large project, or just to check in on their progress?  Create a bookable appointments page in Google Calendar and share the link with your students so they can have the appointment on their calendar and you can be sure none of your meetings overlap.

Google Keep

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Google Keep is a notes app that keeps all of your meeting notes, to-do lists, and important information to remember in one place.  There are multiple ways to organize your notes so that you can easily find the notes you need when you need them, as well as multiple ways to take your notes depending on whether you need a reminder, a checklist, an image, a reference, or just plain text.

Watch this video to get an overview of Google Keep's main features, including:

  • creating and editing notes

  • organizing notes with labels

  • accessing Keep from your email

  • creating notes in Keep from other Google tools

  • and more!

Ways to Use Keep

1. Personal Use: Keep track of important points from meetings, to-do lists, images, reminders, and more right from your phone, desktop, email, or documents.

2. Student Use: If a student is struggling with keeping up with assignments or remembering key concepts, you can show them how to take and organize important notes effectively in Keep, to set up reminders to study certain topics, or to break assignments down into smaller steps on checklists to keep track of their progress for larger tasks.

Jamboard

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Google Earth

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