If you’ve never used Gmail or signed up for a Google account, don’t worry! Matt starts right from the beginning by guiding you through the quick, easy steps for creating a free Google account which forms the portal to the Google Apps ecosystem.
Once you have an account set up, Matt goes straight to the heart of the Google universe and shows you Google Drive. Here’s where all files are created, synced with all your Drive-aware devices and shared with any friends/collaborators online. But even if your internet connection goes down, there’s no need to worry. All of these apps have offline desktop and mobile counterparts and Matt shows you how easy they are to download and install so you can continue to work and collaborate even if the internet doesn’t cooperate!
Not only is your Google Drive a free storage and backup hub, it is also a place to create a wide variety of file types and share them with your friends and colleagues for viewing and even collaborative editing! Once Matt has shown you the basics of the Drive environment, he takes you further by exploring everything from the typical MS Office-compatible word processing “Document” and “Spreadsheet” apps right down to the Powerpoint/Keynote-like “Presentation” app! Also, in addition to learning how to create and distribute powerful online surveys and questionnaires using the “Form” app, you even get an introduction to how to use Drive to share your videos with whomever you choose! It’s like having a mini YouTube right in your Google Account!
Matt brings the course to a close with a tantalizing look at Sites, Google’s website creation and hosting environment. By the end of this course, you will be inspired to try out and explore the Google universe with your new App abilities. Just be sure to use your new super “Google powers" for Good! :)