Google Workspace is a free service available to UMass Boston faculty, students, and staff. Educators can access these specialized tools to facilitate organization and collaboration securely with their UMass Boston email account. Presentations, professional looking flowcharts, forms, and more can be created online in Google Workspace.
All faculty, staff and students have a Google account. To log in to your UMass Boston Google account, go to: https://accounts.google.com and log on with your UMass Boston email address and password.
- For the best results, use a separate dedicated browser for using the UMass Boston Google account.
- Watch the video demo on accessing files shared through the UMass Boston Google Workspace and learn how to switch between a personal Google account and the UMass Boston Google account.
Visit LinkedIn Learning for videos on practical uses of Google Workspace.
Google Workspace for Education vs Regular Google Workspace
Google Workspace for Education provides access to specialized educator-oriented features such as:
- Compliance with FERPA
- Compliance with COPPA
- Unlimited storage in Google Drive
- Added virus and spam protection
- No advertisements
- 99.9% uptime of services (Google Calendar, Google Hangouts, Google Drive, and Google Sites)
Google Workspace for Education: List of Tools
- Google Docs: create, share, and allow others to edit text-based documents simultaneously. An online alternative to (and compatible with) MS Word.
- Google Sheets: create and share data reports, charts, and other spreadsheets. An online alternative to (and compatible with) MS Excel.
- Google Slides: a simple and easy to use presentation tool for live lectures and group presentations. Includes polling features. Online alternative to (and compatible with) MS PowerPoint.
- Google Sites: create and publish websites with no web development experience.
- Google Drive: the folder that stores Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and other files created online. Drive also allows uploaded non-Google files (PDFs, audio and video files, photos etc.) giving you to access to your files anywhere (on the web, on your hard drive, or on your mobile phone). An alternative to Dropbox (with more storage space!).
- Google Calendar: an online calendar, shareable with other G Suite users, that keeps track of events, tasks and schedules.
- Google Classroom: allows teachers to set up a classroom space, assign work, grade work, and return the work to students.
- Google Forms: can be used for quizzes, questionnaires, surveys and peer reviews. Easily create online forms that both gather information and store it in a spreadsheet.
- Google Groups: provides a space for informal discussion groups for people sharing common interests.
- Jamboard: an interactive electronic whiteboard used to enhance student engagement during live meetings.
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