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Google Mobile Apps
Break free from your desktop: With this simple, improved mobile version of Google's handy toolkit, you can create, organize, and collaborate, anywhere.
Teaching is not only a full-time job, it’s a full-device job. Computers are more portable than ever, but they don’t always compare with tablets’ and smartphones’ instant and simplified access to thousands of programs, nor do they fit in your handbag or pocket. When it comes to editing your online curriculum stash for next period or updating your grade book, right now means right now.
Google sees your urgency and raises you one with a full suite of their renowned productivity apps, fit for the tiniest devices and the most far-flung teacher on-the-go. Now you can call upon the muse of taking-care-of-business (What Aretha calls TCB!) with these apps on a handy device when you're away from your desk (which we hope is often!):
- Docs for word process and then some;
- Sheets for wrangling information and kids
- Slides for knocking 'em dead with your incisive presentation (or helping a kid demonstrate mastery of Aztec agricultural techniques); and
- Drive for filing and organizing it all
And they're compatible with their Microsoft counterparts: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can switch your Google files to MS files with a quick tap, right from the orthodontist's office waiting room.
Here you'll learn the little tricks and taps that let you do your work on a small screen, but watch our complete courses to master Google's Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentation apps to have their full power behind your professional files.
You can get started right away, and come back anytime to watch just a couple episodes or the whole lot. Your confidence level will soar every time you and your students use these mobile apps, guaranteed.
Under the Episodes tab, you'll find the following Google Mobile Apps episodes to fuel your basic know-how. Watch them in any order and as many times as you need to feel comfortable using the apps in classroom, the workroom, the parking lot ("Oh, I just thought of something!") — pretty much anywhere with Internet access!
1. Introduction (1:53)
Meet your tour guides and taste what you can do when you have Google apps by your side, wherever you go.
2. Getting Started (2:48)
21st century teacher, meet Google's mobile apps. Download, install, and take a quick tour.
3. Logging into the Drive App (1:07)
Open the door to this quartet of powerful, easy-to-use apps.
4. Drive App (2:06)
Your mobile virtual filing cabinet. Find and organize all your files in one handy app.
5. Docs (3:40)
Of all Google apps, Docs is most familiar. Start working with text and documents on your mobile device.
6. Sheets (3:37)
Teachers and spreadsheets: no denying the chemistry there! And Sheets is compatible with Excel.
7. Slides (2:18)
Tips to get you started making presentation slide shows, in the app akin to PowerPoint.
8. Options (2:14)
Learn what your options are for managing accounts and files.
9. Files 'On Device' (2:03)
Wonky WiFi? Going off the grid? Keep your needed files with you to work without Internet access.
10. Settings & Multiple Accounts (2:00)
Get acquainted with the shy settings menu so you can frolic among your many Google accounts.
11. Share & Export (3:46)
Maintain control while sharing your files, or transform them into MS files.
12. Comments (1:34)
Collaborate and discuss, without making a mess of the text, in the Docs app.
13. Details (1:20)
Move, tinker, manage, and switcheroo files with this handy little stack of functions.
14. Printing (3:30)
Files can get physical from your device with either cloud or AirPrint options.
15. Organizing Files (1:56)
Put an end to clutter in your Drive, it's easy!
16. Uploading (2:07)
A picture paints... Take new photos or add images or video to your files.
17. Application Ideas (6:41)
With all these apps at your fingertips, you can inspire learning in fresh, engaging ways. Here's how.