Starting a New Tradition

Tech Tool Thursday

Welcome to my new coaching feature.  Twice a month I’ll share a digital technology that you can try out.  Most will be free … my favorite price!!  I’ll be providing you with tutorials and links to everything you need to play in the sandbox … that’s the best way to get to know if a technology can be useful to you.

Today’s Tech Tool – Google Suite

The first tool I want to share with you is one of the tools that I’ve been using for many years and that we talked about in the Social Media for Newbies Summit in my interview with Yvonne Heimann.

The Google Suite is made up of Google Docs for word processing, Google Sheets – a spreadsheet program, Google Slides – a presentation tool like PowerPoint, and one of my favorites, Google Forms – a survey tool.

Google Docs

In order to use the Google Suite of tools you need to have a Google account.  So go to https://accounts.google.com/signup and create a Google account.  Answer all the questions and create an easy to remember email – like your first and last names.  One of my Google emails is cheritoledo [at] google.com.

As soon as you create that account you have access to that email and all the Google tools.  Once you log into your account you can access the tools by clicking on the 3×3 squares in the upper right hand corner of your Gmail page.

Google docs 2When you click on the squares you’ll see many icons, click on the Google Drive icon.Google docs 3Google Drive is like a filing cabinet.  Click NEW and then choose Google Docs.

Google docs 4Now just start typing.  It’s just like using Word.  And best of all, it saves your work automatically.  Try Sheets, Slides, and Forms.  Now that you’re in Google Drive, you’ve got your own sandbox … enjoy the process as you get familiar and comfortable with these versatile tools.

All the documents you create will be stored in your Google Drive, which means you can access them from your phone, iPad, computer … any device that has an Internet connection.  And … you can share them with other people.  Just click the Share icon in the upper right corner and when the window pops up, fill in the email of the person you want to share the document with.

Google docs 5I’d love to hear about your experiments with the Google Suite.  What did you try?  How did it work for you?  What questions do you have?  Please let me know if I can help you make the tools work for you.