See this document for a brief overview in starting a video conference session in Google Hangouts Meet. (Log in with your Puget Sound credentials to access.)

The University of Puget Sound is partnering with Google to make the Google Workspace available to Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff. Effectively immediately, all faculty, staff and students will be able to login with their Puget Sound credentials to access apps like Drive, Docs, and Google Sites, all with unlimited storage. The Google Suite will enable communication, document sharing and collaboration across campus for campus groups, classes, and inter-departmental collaboration. 

As with any technological advancement or change on campus, we ask that if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns that you contact Technology Services at or 253.879.8585.

What resources are included in G Suite for Education?

Below are some of the most popular G Suite Apps used by students, faculty, and staff. A more thorough list, including links to the G Suite Learning Center to help support learning and using these resources, is available on the "Training & Support" page.

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Google Drive

Much like a computer has a hard drive full of folders and files, Google Drive is a cloud-based storage system that can be accessed from anywhere, with any device that has Internet access. More importantly, Google Drive connects all of the G Suite by serving as a central hub for storing and sharing files created with G Suite’s various applications.

  • Google Drive lets you store and access these files anywhere - on the web, on your computer hard drive, or on an iPad or Android tablet.
  • Any file in Drive can be saved and shared either to another Google account user or to the world.
  • Offline features allow you to work on documents even when Internet access is not available and work automatically syncs when the devices goes back online.
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Google Docs

Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that allows access to your documents and files from any Internet-connected device, along with extensive collaborative features. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most users find Google Docs intuitive and easy to use.

  • Google Docs allows users to share and collaborate on documents in real time.
  • Comments feature facilitates clear and simple feedback for students
  • Revision history provides a detailed view of changes made to the document over time.
  • Add-Ons are available for 3rd-party tools like EasyBib, Openclipart, and Kaizena
  • Google Translate feature allows users to easily translate text directly within the document.
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Google Slides

Similar in function to PowerPoint, Google Slides is a presentation application that allows users to collaboratively create and edit slide decks from within the G suite environment.

  • Users can present their slideshows directly from Google Slides
  • Slides allows users to import and edit PowerPoint files.
  • Multiple users can edit one presentation at the same time.
  • Slides can be used on any device with an Internet connection.
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Google Sheets

Google Sheets is G Suite’s powerful and versatile spreadsheet application. By combining Google Drive’s collaborative tools with the basic spreadsheet functionality you would expect to find in programs like Microsoft Excel, Sheets can be a incredibly useful tool in the classroom. Sheets also integrates seamlessly with other G Suite applications, allowing students to add graphs and charts to Docs, view and sort responses for Forms, and add data from a spreadsheet into Slides.

  • Create and Edit spreadsheets on any Internet-connected device.
  • Share and collaborate on spreadsheets in real-time.
  • Import CSV and Microsoft Excel Files
  • Save spreadsheets locally to work offline.
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Google Forms

Google Forms is an incredibly useful tool that allows G Suite users to create, publish, and share customized forms that can be used for surveys, quizzes, feedback, and more. The forms are created from within Google Drive, and can be published as a standalone web page, or embedded in other webpages and emails. Responses to surveys are collected in a unique Google Sheets file.
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Google Calendar

Google Calendar is an essential application for student planning and organization, and it’s available to all users with a G Suite for Education account. In addition to the usual calendar functions like setting appointments and reminders, Google Calendar offers a host of powerful collaborative tools as well.

  • Calendars can be embedded on websites
  • Integrates seamlessly with Google Classroom
  • Students can subscribe to a “Class Calendar”
  • Teachers can set regular appointment slots
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Google Keep

Google Keep is a note-taking service for students, faculty, and staff. Google Keep is available on the web, and has mobile apps for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems. Keep offers a variety of tools for taking notes, including text, lists, images, and audio. Users can set reminders, which are integrated with Google Now.


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Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is G Suite’s video conferencing and chat application. Hangouts facilitate face-to-face conversations with screen sharing and collaboration capabilities in real time

  • Use Hangouts to connect with team members across devices and geographical areas.
  • Hangouts can be publicly broadcast or private conversations.