Free for LLI members
Google apps are a set of applications that LLI members get to use for free when they log into Google with their lli.bard.edu accounts. This is all part of being a G Suite for Education school.
Some of these apps may be familiar to you because you use Microsoft applications (which you must pay to use):
- Google Docs is for word processing, similar to Word;
- Google Slides is for presentations, similar to PowerPoint;
- Google Sheets is for calculations, similar to Excel.
Why Use Them (besides they are free)?
- Designed for collaboration: you can edit a document while someone else views your changes in real time.
- Compatible with all the computers at Bard: have you ever been in a class where the presenter created slides using some software that cannot be converted or displayed in the Bard classrooms?
- Available as apps on almost all devices, including mobile phones and tablets.
How Do I Use Them?
When you log in to Google, click the square checkerboard in the top right of the page (on some devices, this might appear as the burger icon or a plus sign). When you click that, you will see a list of the apps available–and it is a long list!
Future articles in the newsletter Tech Corner will describe how to use these apps in more detail. Or you can always look at the LLI website under Membership> Participating Members> Using G-Suite for Members’ for tutorials from LLI or look at the Google G Suite Learning Center.
How do I get an LLI Account?
If you are an LLI member, you can get your own LLI account by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get an invitation from Google to set up your account with a link to click. When you click the link, you will need to change your password to something you remember, at least eight characters long.