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Discover how to use Google Apps to become more productive in class and after school. In this course, author and educator Aaron Quigley shows students how to work with Gmail, Google Calendar, and Drive to communicate and collaborate with classmates, become more organized, and save time. Learn how to manage school and personal email, back up your assignments, create a class website, and connect with others on Google+. Teachers can also use this course to get tips to help their students succeed inside and outside the classroom.
As a Google user you have access to something known as Google+, which is Google's social media network. Google+ is lot like Facebook where we have the opportunity to connect with and share information with a large number of people across a variety of communities. Google+ can be a huge advantage to you in allowing you to quickly connect with other people in your same area of study. You can also use Google+ to find research ideas and share information with other students. Let's go ahead and get started by setting up a student profile in Google+. Once you've logged into Google at the top Menu navigation, we're going to click on the +You link.
If you just have a regular Gmail login, you can also access Google+ by logging into Google, selecting the Grid icon in the upper right-hand corner, and selecting the Google+ icon. If this is the first time that you're accessing Google+, then you have the opportunity to set up your account. You can even customize your name different from what your institution name is. That way in case your institution set up your Google account and they have your first and last name, but let's say that you go by your middle name, you can go ahead and customize that, here. So, for example, my student account was set up as Student1. I'm going to go ahead and change my name to Aaron Quigley.
Now, please note, that if you make a change to your Google+ account, these changes will impact the rest of your Google applications. And so, the pop up box is telling me that this'll be your name across all Google products. So if you have a name showing up as Student1 in a Google site, it's now going to show up as Aaron Quigley. The next step down is to select your gender and go ahead and select a birth date. I'm just going to make up a birth date here. And then we'll click Upgrade. So now that we've created a base profile, the next step is to add people that we can collaborate with. Now please keep in mind, if you are a user of Google Apps for Education and you have a user name that's something different than @gmail.com, so for example, @yourschool.com, then that means your account is being managed by your institution.
Any changes you make on Google Plus they will be able to see, access, and change at any time. You should keep this in mind, because if you're a member of Google Apps for Education, then the expectation is that you're using Google+ in a professional way. At this point you can go ahead and search for people on Google+. Now I know that Jeff and Julie are often my lab partners, so I'll start looking for Jeff. But I see that Jeff has not shown up yet, and that's okay. If you have people you want to connect with but they have not logged into Google+ yet, you can always add them at a later time. So I'm going to go ahead and skip this step simply by clicking Continue.
The next step is you can choose to follow interesting people and pages. Here you have the opportunity to find things that are relevant to your area of study or to things that you're interested in, and you can go ahead and follow them. For example, if you are a science major, you may want to follow the Science and Nature page. I'm going to go and click Follow. Here you can see that Google's telling us what's going to happen when we choose to follow a group. After you've read through this you can go and click Okay, got it, and then we can click the Continue button at the bottom of the page. And the final step is to go ahead and add some information so that other people can find you on Google+. . Now, all of these fields are optional.
For example, if all you wanted to do is to add your school information so that your school friends can find you, you could go ahead and type in something like Orange Valley School. And I'll go and put a graduation year in of 2014. And I think I'll go ahead and add a country too, of United States. Once you're satisfied with the information you entered in for your profile, let's go and click Finish. At this point, we've officially set up our Google+ account, and we're now ready to start collaborating with other students and other people in our area of study.
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