Google Workspace for Education is a suite of online software applications that allow users to share information and ideas using Google's communication, collaboration and publishing tools. Students and faculty can create and share documents, spreadsheets and calendar events, as well as communicate using chat and video messaging.
Frequently asked questions
You have 50 GB of storage space to store whatever you like.
University employees must be careful to protect confidential or restricted data. Before using Google Drive to send, store or share University information, review the regulated data storage matrix.
You have one username for all services in the Google Workspace suite. Once you log in to one service, you can easily access all others.
You'll receive invitations for calendar events and to collaborate on documents and spreadsheets.
(Note: Other Google services offered in free public Gmail accounts such as Picassa or BlogSpot will not be accessible through your student account. You must log in with your public Gmail account (not your student account) to access these other Google services.)
Google Workspace for Education accounts have been customized for optimal educational collaboration. ODU has taken steps to ensure that your student data is protected above and beyond a publicly available account. As an organization, Google is currently SAS 70 Type I compliant.
For more information on Google's Privacy and Security Policy, see web links below:
Google integrated Google Docs with Google Drive in April 2012. Google Drive combines all of the Docs features with improved cloud storage functionality. Google's web-based apps allow users to create and store files in the cloud and collaborate on projects anytime from anywhere with an internet connection.
You can get started by creating a new file in Google Drive or by uploading a file from your computer and converting it to Google's format. Since the products are integrated, you can use your email account Contacts list to invite people to view and/or edit your documents.
A Few Key Tips...
- Revision history - Individual edits are kept so you can see who made changes and revert back, if necessary.
- Search - Just like the rest of Google products, you can harness the power of Google search to look for a file or search for keywords within a file.
- Security and privacy - You choose who can view/edit your document and what level of access they have. Other users can only access your document or spreadsheet if you add them to the list of collaborators or viewers or if you decide to publish the document.
Google Workspace supports the following browsers:
The latest version of Google Chrome is supported (which automatically updates whenever it detects that a new version of the browser is available). The current and previous major releases of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari are supported on a rolling basis; each time a new version is released, Google supports that version and stops supporting the third most recent version.
The Status Dashboard is a web site that lists the current status of all Google services. If you are not able to access one of the web-based applications or you suspect that an app is down, go to http://www.google.com/appsstatus#hl=en to check the status of all Google services.