Getting Started with G Suite

In order to support students’ learning while schools are closed due to Covid 19, we are putting together Distance Learning resources for all of our students and staff.

Follow the links below for instruction pages and short videos that will help you make the best use of these resources.


Remember, it is important to keep a regular routine:

  1. Get up in plenty of time in the morning.  Do not go into doing work late at night. Regular days will be better for you physically and mentally.
  2. Have your breakfast
  3. Be ready to do classwork, homework or study
  4. Take regular breaks – stretch, have a drink, etc
  5. Complete your work
  6. If you’re having difficulty in an area, contact your teachers using their school email accounts.

What is G Suite?

G Suite is a range of products provided by Google to schools.

When a school uses G Suite a number of programmes become available:

  • Gmail
  • Google Drive (Cloud storage for all your documents)
  • Google Docs (Like Microsoft Word)
  • Google Sheets (Like Microsoft Excel)
  • Google Slides (Like Powerpoint)
  • Google Classroom (allows teachers to give work and tasks to students)
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Meet (allows for online meetings)

Gmail

Every student in the school has a school gmail account  (@mayfieldcs.net) gmail
If you know your details simply open your browser and go to mail.google.com and type in your username and password.
If you are using a phone or tablet, add the Gmail app to your phone and add your details there.
For more information on using Gmail follow this link.
For a youtube lesson click here.

A quick note. To open different Google services, use the Dock at the top right of the screen. Click on the 9 dots and a menu will drop down for you, scroll to the service you want and click.

Google Drive

google drive

Google Drive is your cloud storage solution.  Using Drive to store your documents means you don’t need to worry about losing your usb memory stick.

To open Drive, go to drive.google.com

Drive is also available as an app for Android and iOS

Follow these instructions for more details on how to use Drive

Click here for a short video on the basics of Drive


Docs

Docs is the Google version of Microsoft Word or Apple Pages.

Docs is accessed via the Dock at the top right of the screen.  It is also available as an app on Android or iOS

There are 2 ways to open a new doc.

  1.  Start by clicking on the dock at the top right of your screen.
  2. Click on the Docs icon
  3. From this screen, click the ‘+Blank’ icon at the top
  4. This will open a new doc. If you click in the ‘unnamed doc’ box at the top you can give the doc a name.
  5. Experiment with fonts, layout and headings to create the example below:  (Note, Docs will autosave to Google Drive while you are typing)

For more information on working with Google Docs Click Here

Click here for a short video on how to use Google Docs

Click Here to learn how to share a Google Doc

 


Classroom

Many teachers are using Google Classroom for Distance Learning at the moment.
Classroom is accessed by using the Dock at the top right of the screen.  It is also available as an app for Android and iOS
Some students have had issues signing in.
The most common problem signing in is if your computer has more than one gmail account active, so the wrong account tries to get into classroom.
To avoid that:
1. go to classroom.google.com
2. log into classroom using your school account
3. on the home page you will see the class or classes you have been invited to join. Click on the ‘accept invite’ button
4. If you have been sent a code, click on the + sign at the top of the screen, and use the code there
5. Follow the on-screen instructions to take part in your class
If you have lost the code to join your class, please email your teacher for a replacement code.
Click here for a short video on how to use Google Classroom
Click here for a short twitter video on how to submit work using a phone
Click here for a youtube video on how to submit work using an iOS device
Click here for more instructions on how to turn in an assignment in Google Classroom
How to turn in an assignment  (A page of instructions on how to turn in an assignment)

Working Together

If you want to work with your classmates there are two very handy ways of doing it.
Google Meet is a conferencing tool that allows two or more people to video conference.  One person at a time can present their screen, so they can share work in progress.
Click here for more information
Google Hangouts can do video calls, but you can also use the text function to create an online group where you can chat together, and send ideas back and forth.
Click here for more information