Google Apps are free, internet-based software tools available to all UW-Whitewater faculty, staff, and students. Google Apps allows you to create, share and access documents and web pages from any internet-connected computer, tablet, or mobile device. Easy-to-use, collaboration features allow for real-time, online editing of documents and web pages by multiple people, thereby bringing students, instructors, and teams together virtually. Using Google Apps does not require you to buy or install software, and you are able to use the tools right from within your favorite web browser. To learn more about the differences between using Office 2013 and Google Apps, review this comparison chart.
Faculty, staff and students have access to the following Google Apps for Education:
Google Drive: Google Drive provides you with 30 GB of online space to store your non-sensitive files. To use Google Drive, you must use a web browser to access files from any internet-connected device (e.g., computer, tablet, or mobile device). Share files or entire folders with individuals or teams to allow for real-time collaboration. Google Drive allows 50 users to simultaneously edit a document or folder. Google Drive also provides a variety of tools to help you create documents, spreadsheets, slide presentations, forms, and drawings - all without needing to use software installed on your computer. A single document, file or folder can be shared with up to 200 users.
You can access the following tools from within Google Drive.
Google Docs: A rich text document editor, similar to Microsoft Word, that can be used to create publications with images, tables, drawings and links. Document sharing allows real-time collaboration with others.
Google Sheets: A powerful spreadsheet editor, similar to Microsoft Excel, allowing you to track and analyze data. Includes advanced formulas, embedded charts and tables, filters, and more. Enable Sheets sharing to allow for real-time collaboration with others.
Google Slides: Create beautiful slide presentations, similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, which include videos, animations and slide transitions. Display your presentation slides to others directly from the web using any computer. Enable Slides sharing to allow for real-time collaboration with others.
Google Forms: Quickly build and publish online forms to collect data. Results are stored in a Google Sheets spreadsheet for easy review.
Google Drawing: A drawing application, similar to Microsoft Publisher, allowing you to insert text, images, word art and more. Share your drawing to enable real-time collaboration with others.
Google Sites: Google Sites is an online website creation tool allowing you to easily create shared workspaces that can be accessed by others. Using basic document editing tools, you can quickly create your site layout, insert pictures, embed videos, and much more. Share your site to enable real-time collaboration with others.
Google Maps: Google Maps is a web mapping application offering satellite images and street views of any location in the world. Use Google Maps to view maps and get driving directions.
ICIT provides many resources to support your use Google Apps for Education. The following links provide you with information on a wide range of topics.
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The ICIT Technology Training team offers UW-Whitewater faculty and staff live, hands-on, training sessions throughout the year. Hands-on training sessions are not currently available to students. Please visit the SignUp Tool page to view and register for available classes offered by the ICIT Technology Training and Advancement team.
ICIT currently provides the following Google training sessions: