Using Google Apps
- Getting Started
- Using Gmail
- Using Google Drive
- Using Google Calendar
- Using Google+
- Using Google Groups
- Using Google Sites
With Google Drive, you can create and share word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online, and collaborate with others on group projects. Students and teachers can create documents using these state-of-the-art tools, then communicate and collaborate with each other in real time right inside a web browser window.
Some of the things you can do with Google Drive:
Check out the Google documents Getting Started Guide.
Check out the Google spreadsheets Getting Started Guide.
For more information about or for help using Google Drive, visit the U of M Google Collaborative Learning Space. Information about accessing and using Google Apps also is available from the Google Help Center.
Currently Google offers a feature that will notify users when collaborators make changes to or edit shared documents only for spreadsheets. To receive an email notification of changes to spreadsheets that you either have created or that have been shared with you, in your spreadsheet, click Tools>Notification Rules or Share>Set Notification Rules.
Collect survey data quickly and easily with Google Forms
If you use Google Drive and need an easy and convenient way to gather data, Google Forms makes it easy to capture, collect and organize information from numerous people. Used as surveys, Google Forms lets you or to collect any type of information such as reports and data, and also will capture the email addresses of those who complete your form, if you choose.
You can create a form from your list of docs list or from any spreadsheet. You may send the form or survey to anyone you want, and it's not necessary for the recipient to have a Google account. Recipients can respond to the survey questions right inside their email, or by clicking on a link in the email and responding online. Form responses are collected automatically in the creator's Google spreadsheet.
As a Google Apps user, you also can choose to capture and record the email addresses of people who fill out your form. To do this, select the checkbox next to Automatically Collect Respondent's <yourdomain.com> Username while you create the form. Survey recipients will see a message at the top of the form explaining that their username will be collected automatically.
You also can embed your form into a website or blog.
More information about using Google Forms is found at the University's Google Apps training site at https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/glearning/description/lesson-7, and
additional information also is available in the Google Help Center at http://docs.google.com/support/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=27248, and