GVSU GMail Accounts
Google Docs and Sites Features
Google Docs (also refered to as Google Apps) is a Web 2.0 tool known as "Software as a Service" (SaaS). Google Docs is a great example for introducing users to the concept of Web 2.0 while providing for very convenient to use software! As you are storing your applications and data 'in the cloud', Google Docs makes them easy to use and share for both individual work and group collaborations. The following Flash demo is well worth a few minutes of your time to see how you and your students can benefit from using Google Docs: http://services.google.com/apps/resources/overviews/welcome/topicDocs/index.html
As upgrades to the software are transparent to the user, it is very beneficial to look for the red New Features! link in the upper right corner of the screen. It will be for all of Google Docs and sometimes it is just within one of the applications.
All the applications fall under the title of Google Docs, but they each have a specific purpose and are well aligned with their Office Suite relatives (Open Office, Microsoft Office, etc.)
|Google App Name||Type of App||Link to Help Site|
|Web Page Development and Hosting||http://sites.google.com/support/?hl=en|
|GVSU naming and agreement||http://www.gvsu.edu/it/ Click on Students then Sites|
|Sites can be used very well for ePortfolios. Dr. Helen Barrett has assembled a "how to" to get started!||http://sites.google.com/site/eportfolios/|
The Calendar feature is easy to use and has many features including sharing with other users, importing calendars (example holidays, sports teams, weather and any user created calendars) and, along with the rest of your GMail account, can be synchronized with desktop or mobile personal information managers.
Page last modified October 27, 2010