G-Suite

Gaia Cloud Services Support

Schools, academies and colleges are increasingly using Cloud Services to support both their business functions and curriculum support. At the heart of this lay the two giant Cloud platforms O365 from Microsoft and G-Suite from Google. In the next layer down are a range of specific curriculum services, such as Purple Mash and J2E for primary schools or GCSEPod and Show My Homework for Secondary Schools. Overlaying these are Cloud based user interfaces such as that offered by Airhead Education Gaia is proactively helping schools make the journey into use of Cloud Services by: Setting up O365 and G-Suite Automating synchronisation of users and groups between the MIS and the Cloud service Facilitating single-sign on to multiple services Transitioning storage from network to Cloud drives Buildi...

Free Seminar: Chromebook & G Suite for Education

Gaia Technologies would like to invite Denbighshire primary schools to a seminar to discuss the use of Chromebooks in education, as well as looking at the broader use of G Suite for Education. Attendees can sign up to the free event here. We have a wealth of experience in deployment, management and CPD for Chromebooks and G Suite in schools in Wales and across England. We will be able to guide you through the basics and the ‘must know’ information. G Suite for Education, formerly known as Google Apps for Education (GAFE), is Google’s offering for education to help teachers and pupils work ‘smarter’ using its core apps Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts and much more. We aim to start the session between 3.45pm and 4pm and run it for an hour. We appreciate t...

Google Takes Geography Virtual

If you teach geography take a look at what Google is up to. A suite of different products are coming together to provide what Google describes as the power to ‘teach beyond the four walls of your classroom’. Visit the Google training centre and look at Unit 7 Here you can learn how to use:  Hangouts to connect to the world Google Maps to take virtual field trips Google Earth  to set up a virtual world The brand new Google Expeditions If you want to get going with Google Expeditions  then find out more here. In particular you may be interested  in signing up your school, academy or college to the Expeditions Pioneer Programme.  Its time to act now. If you would like support from Gaia on introducing the use of G-Suite applications  in geography or  want to learn more about intern...

Google Apps Rebranded

Did you realise that it is  ten years since Google launched Google Apps? Things have changed a lot in that period.  The range of apps has extended  from the basics, Google Drive, Docs,  Sheets etc., to include new productivity solutions for education not least the arrival of Google  Classroom. Now something else has changed  – the name!  From Autumn 2016 Google Apps for Education (GAFE)  is being  re-branded as  G-Suite for Education. Whilst the range of apps looks familiar Google have introduced the power of machine intelligence.  In computer science, an ideal “intelligent” machine is a flexible rational agent that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal.[1] Thus  Google have introduced new  features into Sheets, Docs,...

Getting interactive with Google Forms

Forms are a great tool for  creating quizzes, assessments and surveys. This  tutorial video from Teachers Tech will take you through  the basic use of Forms. This will take about 23 minutes to watch in full. Build your form You can easily create a quiz, assessment or survey  with Google Forms. Sign into your account. Open Forms from your  app launcher or  go to https://www.google.com/forms/about/. In your app launcher you may need to click more or even more to access for the first time. In the top left, click Blank . Alternatively you can use one of the templates. A new form will automatically open. Now use the form template to build your quiz or survey. You can add any questions of your choosing and organize it  by adding headers or dividing your work into different pages.  Watch the teac...

Storing and sharing files with Google Drive

Google Drive allows you to store any type of document or file, access it from anywhere and on any device, and share it with others The video below gives a good introduction to the basic use of Google Drive: Upload and store files You can upload files and / or folders by either clicking the New button or by just dragging and dropping them from your computer to the Google Drive window. Depending on your settings, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) files can either be set to upload in MS Office format, or can be converted to Google Drive format when uploaded. Accessing your files Because Google Drive can be accessed through a web browser you can access your files from any device which can display web pages. This includes computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones and smart TVs. Man...

Organising and scheduling with Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a powerful tool designed to support both your personal and institutional organisation. This video from Teacher Tech will provide a complete overview of how to use Google Calendar. It will take about 23 minutes to watch. Schedule events Open your calendar from your Google Apps Launcher (the nine square icon top right). There are two main ways to add  an event to your calendar: Use the Create button – you can type in what and when and  the event will add to the  correct point in your calendar. Click on the calendar  grid  and add the event at the appropriate time slot. Remember that you can alter an event time or duration by dragging and dropping the event on your calendar. Add reminders You add reminders or ‘notifications’  by editing the event. This sho...

Introduction to G-Suite

G-Suite (formerly Google Apps)  is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps you and your team connect and get work done from anywhere on any device. It’s simple to setup, use and manage, allowing you to work smarter and focus on what really matters. What does it do? G-Suite  has a set of tools which allow you to perform many tasks that you need to do day to day such as: Email Diary management File storage Word processing Spreadsheets Presentations Additionally it has features which will be useful to use with learners – such as: Creating quizzes Conducting polls Distributing and collecting assignments (using Google Classroom – outside of the scope of this course) Making class websites G-Suite  is entirely web based, sometimes referred to as being ‘in the cloud’. T...

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