Introduction to Cloud Storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive)

Do you use (or want to use) Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive? Do you want to know what you can do with them and how to pick the right one for you? Then this workshop is for you!

It will cover:
1.     Basics
2.     Pricing
3.     Everyday use
4.     Security
5.     How to get the most of each service
6.     How to choose the best service for you

It’s 2017: Learn New Ways To Get Organized In Your Job Search

Start off the new year by getting your job search organized! This workshop will show you how to create a job application journal in Google Docs, keep track of your interview appointments in Google Calendar, spice up your online presence, and create a more modern resume in Microsoft Word.

G Suite Training In Your Browser

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I am a big fan of Google tools. There are Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Sites and a lot more. I became a Google Certified Educator because I use those tools extensively and wanted to learn to maximize the productivity. It can be intimidating to learn all of them at once.

Google released a Chrome extension called G Suite Training that offers useful tips while you actually use the tools.

Once you install the extension, you will see a new training menu in your Google Apps. You can tell by looking at the question mark with a Google-colored circle around it. Hit the links below to start learning G Suite!

G Suite Training | Chrome Web Store via G Suite Training

 

Get More Search Help in Google Drive

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Google Drive got some useful improvements this week. It added spelling correction while typing in the search words and natural language processing (NLP).

NLP basically means you can search like you talk. You can say something like “open my project paper from last week” and Drive will search for the files that fit these criteria. Cool thing is that Drive will learn your queries, so search gets better over time.

It’s a big surprising that it took a while to get spelling check in the search. Drive will now autocorrect misspelled words and suggest corrections. You have seen this at work; Google search itself has this capability, and now you can use it within Drive.

I like Dropbox a lot, but Drive and, now with Windows 10, OneDrive are becoming my favorites.

How to Get Started with Google Voice

Scenario: Your students don’t check their emails. Or, they are new to Blackboard Learn and have not figured out how to send course emails.  They do check their phones and texts. Dilemma: You don’t want to share your personal phone number with the students, but do want a way to reach out. Solution: Google Voice. It lets you text from a different number but yet receive their replies to your phone.

Wolfram|Alpha Add-ons for Google Drive

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Wolfram|Alpha is a useful tool in teaching mathematics or doing research. It can do math computations as well as answer factual questions like, “what is the population of Chicago?” The company introduced two add-ons for Google Drive to harness the power of W|A within Google Docs and Google Sheets. Here at the links to get them installed:

Wolfram|Alpha for Docs

Wolram|Alpha for Sheets

Once installed, in a Doc or a Sheet, go to the menu bar › Add-ons › Wolfram|Alpha for Docs or Sheets › Open Wolfram|Alpha Sidebar.

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From here, you can use Wolfram|Alpha as you would do on the website. The neat thing is you can copy and paste the results from the sidebar into the document you are working on.

If you use both Google Drive and Wolfram|Alpha (and if you don’t, I recommend you do), these are two invaluable tools combined in one place.

Google Domains

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Google recently emailed me with its new service called Google Domains. After reading through the feature set, I decided to transfer one my domains for a trial. So far, I liked it. My reasons:

  1. Low price ($12 per year), which includes the private registration for the WHOIS database.
  2. I use email forwarding, and I have had issues with other registrars’ email forwarding services. Despite tech support reps doing their best, I still had issues with emails not arriving (to my Gmail account). This is my primary reason for looking for another registrar.
  3. Speaking of Gmail, it makes sense for me to try Google’s domain services as they integrate with both Gmail and Google Sites, which I use. I am hoping that email forwarding issues will be gone for good.
  4. I also like the management tools provided with Google Domains. They are easy to navigate and understand.

If you use Google tools and are looking for a domain registrar, I now recommend it as my first choice.