All students and staff accounts at the University of York include access to Google Apps for Education. The University uses Google Mail for email, and Google Drive for online storage. Use the links below to find out more about the range of Google Apps available.
A look at the wide range of Google apps available through Google Workspace For Education and how to make the most of them. We look at the cloud model and the collaborative sharing features in Google through the use of Gmail, Calendar, Groups, Drive, and much more, and demonstrate practical examples that can be adapted for your own work.
Google Groups make it easy to communicate and collaborate with groups of people, such as project teams and departments.
A group is like a mailing list: it contains the email addresses of its members, but it also has its own address.
Using the email address for the group, you can:
Google Hangouts Meet is a video communication service available as part of our Google suite of apps. It allows multiple users to communicate via video, audio, or live-chat, and to screen-share.
Google Jamboard is a collaborative whiteboard tool that's part of Google's suite of apps. You can create and share 'Jams' in Google Drive in the same way that you would create and share any other Google document ("Google Jamboard" is one of the options under the "More" menu when you press the New button in Drive).
Jamboard is very much a whiteboard: the tools available are limited to pens, post-it notes and images, so if you need to do anything more sophisticated than that you may find Google Slides a better collaborative option.
As well as the Jamboard web app, there's a mobile / tablet app with a few more features, and there's also a dedicated Google Jamboard screen in the Fairhurst that you can use with the software.
You can collaborate on a Jam in real time using the share options and you can download your Jams in PDF or PNG formats.
Google Calendar is (as you might be able to deduce) Google's calendar tool. It lets you easily manage appointments and invite people to meetings and events.
There's loads of collaborative features in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
The most obvious is that you can simultaneously edit (none of that Read Only Copy stuff you get with Office when someone else is in a file).
You can also comment on sections of a document, or suggest changes.
Furthermore, if more than one person is in a document, a chat icon appears to the right of their icons in the top right of the screen, letting you chat with anyone else who's currently there.
Your University Google account is tied to your University email address: sign into Google with your full email address and your usual password.
Once you're signed in, you'll be able to access all of the Google Apps we talk about on this page.
If you've got your own personal Google account, or a second University account, you'll need to watch for conflicts between those accounts. You can manage the account(s) you're signed into from your avatar/initials in the top right-hand corner of a Google application.
If you're juggling multiple accounts, it may be best to use one account in one browser (or browser instance) and another account in another. For instance, you might use your work account in Chrome and your personal account in Firefox. Or you could use two separate instances of Chrome: each synched to a different account.
The Google Workspace applications enable you to work collaborative on documents, slides and sheets. This introduction provides an overview of some of the Google applications on offer that you can use for group work, such as writing your final report or presentation, organising meetings and sharing your findings. Make your group projects more efficient by tapping into the functionally offered using Google apps for collaboration.
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