Google Apps are free to use, and you already have an account through ICC.
If you already have a Gmail account, you can use that too. But if you don't, no worries! Your ICC lab email is what you'll be able to use.
In case you forget:
Username: [initials+numbers]@lab.icc.edu (swap out the first part for your particular initials+numbers scheme)
Password: ICC##### (swap out the 5 #'s for the last 5 of your Social Security number. Case sensitive!)
Google Drive is where your work will be stored, and it's where you can easily start new projects. This is basically your desk--where you'll find those accordion folders full of work, but also where you keep the office supplies to get started on new work. (Find help here)
Google Docs is like Microsoft Word. You can find templates to use, or just start from scratch. (Find help here)
Google Slides is like Microsoft PowerPoint. There are also plenty of templates to choose from, but you can start a presentation/slide show from scratch as well. (Find help here)
Google Sheets is like Microsoft Excel. This is where you can create tables or spreadsheets. We won't cover this too much in this LibGuide, but you can find all sorts of help documentation here: G Suite Sheets Training and Help.
Other Google products you might come across:
Can I make it easier to switch back and forth from my school account to my personal account?
Considering Google has more than 1.5 billion users (which would be like 1 account for every 4 or 5 people on the entire planet), there's probably a pretty good chance that you're already Gmail user.
But the good news is that it's fairly easy to switch between your school account and your personal account.
1. Sign in to one of your accounts.
2. Click on your profile in the top right corner of the screen.
3. Click Add Account.
4. Sign in to the other account.
5. To switch from one account to the other, click your profile in the upper right corner again and click on the account you need.