Google+ Training

Google+ is a social media tool introduced by Google. It is not part of the core Google Apps for Education suite (i.e. Mail, Calendar, Docs, Groups, Sites), but has been enabled for Luther College faculty, staff, and students effective February 2, 2012.

Note: You must be 13 years or older to use Google+. Make sure to enter your date of birth, especially year, correctly. If you enter your date of birth incorrectly such that you appear to be under 13, you will be locked out of your Norse Mail account and all other Norse Apps services including Norse Calendar, Norse Docs, Norse Groups, and Norse Sites.

Goals

Upon completion of this 1-on-1 training, you will be able to:

Training

Join Google+

If you already have a Norse Apps account, you can join Google+ by going directly to http://plus.google.com/. You can also join it by starting in Norse Mail and clicking the +Name link in the top left corner of the page.

Google+ is an opt-in service which is available to Luther faculty, staff, students, and alumni but is not automatically enabled for your Norse Apps account. You may choose whether or not you wish to join Google+.

If you do not have a Norse Apps account, contact the Technology Help Desk at x1000 or email [email protected].

When joining Google+, you will create a profile with information about yourself. For example, you can add information about your classes, campus activities or groups, projects, and expertise. You can choose which information is visible to others inside or outside Luther. The only exception is your name, which is always publicly visible. Learn more about Google+ Profiles

Note: You must be 13 years or older to use Google+. Make sure to enter your date of birth, especially year, correctly. If you enter your date of birth incorrectly such that you appear to be under 13, you will be locked out of your Norse Mail account and all other Norse Apps services including Norse Calendar, Norse Docs, Norse Groups, and Norse Sites. Learn more about Google+ age requirements

If your account becomes locked, the only solution is to follow Google’s steps to Re-enable Your Google Account. This must be done prior to Google deleting the account. Once deleted, Luther is unable to restore the account.

Overview

For an overview of Google+ features, check out the Google+ Overview. For details on using Google+, see the Google+ Help.

Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a downloadable software which allow users to start conversations, send photos, and make video calls to others for free. It is one of the easiest ways for all types of devices to be included in group conversations and online video conferences. Features include:

  • Platform Independence (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions)
  • Group Video Call (up to 15 participants)
  • Supported browsers: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari
  • Adjustable video picture size for each feed
  • Watch YouTube videos with others during a Video Hangout
  • Live Text Conversations with photo, emoji, and GIF sharing abilities (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android)
  • Live Video Calls free for US and Canada, low international rates
  • Live Streaming to YouTube or your own website

In order to start or participate in a Google Hangout, all one needs is an account on Google+, which is free. Luther students, faculty, and staff can access Hangouts using their Norse Apps account.

We recommend using Google Hangouts (up to 15 people) or Skype (up to 25 people) for video conferencing sessions. When you're wanting a more structured, controlled environment, GoToMeeting (up to 100 people) is ideal. Google Hangouts and Skype sessions may be initiated by the Luther community at any time; GoToMeeting sessions require advance notification and setup by LIS.

You can start a Google Hangout on your own. However, if you would like support for your Google Hangout, contact Multimedia at x1823, email [email protected], or enter your request online at help.luther.edu.

For additional questions or information, contact the Technology Help Desk at x1000 or [email protected]

Circles

You can effortlessly share information with specific people by organizing your contacts into circles. For example, create circles for friends, classmates, colleagues, courses, projects, or special-interest groups on campus. It’s easy to find more of your friends that are using Google+, as well: simply type in a name, email address, or even location from which you met this person where it says “find people.” Learn more about circles.

Streams

Your stream is the place where you will see things posted by others that are in your circle, or not. This is where you can find and engage with content that’s shared with you. Learn more about streams.

Mobile Access

You can use Google+ on mobile devices, using either a native app or a mobile Web browser. Learn more about mobile access.

Additional Resources

Review the Help within Google+

In the top right corner of the Google+ window, there is a gear icon. Click on the icon and select Google+ help to visit the Google+ Help Center. Check out various links to learn more about using Google+.

Review Online Google Resources

  • Booklet – “Google in Education: A New and Open World for Learning” highlights how people are using Google resources to enhance teaching and learning. You can access the booklet at http://www.google.com/edu/about.html.
  • Website – Google has revamped their website, http://www.google.com/edu, to be a one-stop shop for teachers, students, parents and organizations to explore all of their offerings.
  • Google+ Page – Google has launched a Google+ page, where everyone can stay updated on their educational tools, products and programs, and join the conversation.
  • Learning Center – The Google Apps for Education Training Center contains modules and resources to help you have the best experience with Google Apps possible.

Review Educause Learning Initiative Resources

For an overview of Google Apps, see 7 things you should know about…Google Apps which is part of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s (ELI’s) series providing concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices.

Review the Technology Help Desk web site

Contact the Technology Help Desk