All Google Apps are connected with your NC State email account. There are several apps developed by Google, but students use these the most. Google has developed mobile versions of these apps too for smart phones, so you can access your email and files from a personal internet connected tablet or cell phone. For more detailed information on the G Suite at NC State, please click here: https://google.oit.ncsu.edu/
To find information about Gmail, please check out the “NCSU Email” section.
Google Meet and Chat
Formerly called Google Hangouts, these are now separated into Chat (messaging) and Meets (video chats) — similar to Instant Messenger and Skype. These are convenient for a quick conversation with a classmate, a discussion with group partners, virtual office hours, etc. With Meets you can even share your screen with the other people in the video call. To access Chat or Meet, go to the lower left-hand corner of the Gmail window, or find the Google Apps panel in the upper right-hand corner of the Gmail window and click “More”.
Google Calendar is used all the time by professors, advisors, and students at NC State. It makes scheduling meetings with professors easier, laying out your classes, and organizing your life. MyPack even allows you to sync your class schedule to your Google Calendar, where each event includes the course name, time, and location of each class.
Google Drive is another highly used app that stores files. It is perfect for backing up school assignments and sharing documents with classmates. You can download the Google Drive app to your personal computer and access your files offline. The next time you have internet connection, it will sync with the cloud, and you will be able to access the same files from any computer with internet access.
Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms
In association with Google Drive, Google has developed its own suite of programs that edit documents, similar to Microsoft Office Suite, where you can easily create and share files with others, allowing them to view, edit, and/or comment on files. Google Docs is a word processing program that is convenient for group papers and projects. Google Sheets is a spreadsheet program that allows you to easily calculate and share data. Google Slides is used for creating presentations. Google Forms is great for taking polls and surveys, where you can store the results in a Google Sheet.