Rider expands Google Apps for Education Tools
Google Drive and other Google Apps for Education tools launched June 15, 2015 for all Rider students, faculty and staff.
WHAT IS GOOGLE DRIVE?
Google Drive is a secure, cloud‐based, file storage and collaboration service provided by Google under this special Google Apps for Education contract.
Google Docs is built into Google Drive and includes five different applications: Documents, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Forms and Drawings. For more information, see Google's Google Drive Overview page.
Use of Rider University’s Google Drive has several benefits:
- Unlimited free storage space
- Access your files anywhere — on the web, computer, or mobile device
- Secure and easy file sharing and collaboration. You can share just the one specific document or file with someone, or set up a folder in Google Drive so that specific people have access to an entire folder.
- Built-in sync capability ensures that your files, folders and Google Docs are the same on all your devices
- Powerful search capability
- Google Drive links can replace sharing files as email attachments by providing access to the same file
WHEN WILL TRAINING BE AVAILABLE?
Online training including how to access and use Google Drive is available now using lynda.com. To access the online training, login to lynda.com using your Rider email address and enter the course name in the search box. We recommend Google Drive Essential Training and Google Docs Essential Training.
In-person training sessions will be offered starting late summer through the end of the calendar year. A training schedule, including details on how to sign up, will be communicated in August.
WHAT IS APPROPRIATE TO STORE ON GOOGLE DRIVE?
If you choose to use Rider University’s Google Drive, you are personally responsible for setting up Google Drive file security correctly and complying the University’s Information Security Policy.
If you have further questions or need help accessing lynda.com, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 609-219-3000 or email [email protected].
Learning about Google Apps for Education
Gmail is an efficient way of managing e-mails that are grouped together under the same topic. It boasts a powerful search feature allowing users to search down to the most granular level. It also allows for up to 30GB of space, labels, filters, contact management, collaboration, powerful spam filtering, outstanding security and great overall stability. Because Gmail is also fully integrated with Google Calendar, you will be able to accept meetings directly from an e-mail invitation, rather than having to switch to the calendar application.
Learn the basics of Gmail
Note: Several Gmail features are not included in this phase (hangouts, text, voice, chat) but will be added over time.
Google Calendar is a free, online calendar that supports individual and group scheduling, allows you to keep track of meetings, check the availability of guests, manage contacts and tasks, create multiple calendars and share. It’s also completely integrated with Gmail and other popular calendar applications.
Learn the basics of Calendar
Also known as the “Contact manager,” Contacts is similar to an online address book and is primarily accessed through the Apps menu. It gives you easy access to the people you need to reach. You’ll be able to import contacts from your other e-mail client and create groups.
Learn about the Contact Manager
Use Google Tasks to keep track of the things you need to do. You can create lists of items, set due dates and notes, and even add Gmail messages directly to Tasks.
Learn about Tasks