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Lawrence Tech University subscribes to Google Apps for Education. Google Apps provides email, calendaring, and collaboration services for Educational Institutions. It includes:

  • Access to email from any Internet connection
  • 30GB Unified Storage for Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ Photos
  • Improved spam blocking
  • Document storage and sharing with others
  • Multiple calendars that are easy to create and share
  • Web based text chat within email window
  • Client based video chat
  • Advanced Google search technology
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Accessing Google Apps

Log into your LTU webmail account to access Google Apps.

Navigate to https://webmail.ltu.edu

  1. Enter your email username and your initial (default) password which is your 8-digit birth date in MMDDYYYY format.
  2. On the next screen, create a new password, select the language, type the text shown in the security image in the input box, read the terms and conditions, and then click “I accept. Create my account button.”
  3. For your own security, create a password that’s hard to guess. The password strength indicator will be completely green if you choose a strong password.

Check here for Google Apps current status. This page offers performance information for Google Apps services.

GMail iconGmail (LTU Webmail)

Gmail is designed to make everyone more productive. With 30GB Unified Storage for Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ Photos, there is no need to delete anything, powerful search means everything is in each reach, and labels and filters help your users stay organized.

Gmail is securely powered by the web, so students and faculty can be productive at home, on the road, or on their mobile devices.

Directions for logging in to your new LTU Webmail account for the first time.

You may find support for Gmail here.

Google DriveGoogle Drive

Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere -- on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Now your files go everywhere you do. Change a file on the web, on your computer, or on your mobile device and it updates on every device where you have installed Google Drive. Share, collaborate, or work alone: your files, your choice.

Google Drive Quick Guide

You may find support for Google Drive here.

Google CalendarCalendar

Google Calendar is an Internet calendar that lets you keep track of your own events and share your calendars with others. It's the ideal tool for managing both departmental and individual schedules. It is both simple to use and very powerful.

You may find support for Google Calendar here.

Google SitesGoogle Sites

With Google Sites, you can easily create and update your own site. Google Sites allows you display a variety of information in one place—including videos, slideshows, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text—and share it for viewing or editing with a small group, an entire organization, or the world. You always control who has access to your site.

You may find support for Google Sites here.

Google Social Apps

Google+Google+

Google+ is a social media tool that introduces new ways for our community to connect and communicate with each other. You can create your Google+ profile at https://plus.google.com and using your LTU email address (username@ltu.edu) and password.

Google+ is outside the core suite of Google Apps services and is currently not covered by the Google Apps support guidelines for Lawrence Tech. However, you can find assistance through the links listed below.

You may find support for Google+ here.


Google TalkGoogle Talk

Google Talk is an easy service you can use to make voice calls, to send instant messages, to transfer files, and to leave voicemail messages for others. This download-able Windows application makes real-time communications simple and intuitive.

You may find support for Google Talk here.


Google TalkGoogle Chat

Gmail's not just for email--you can also communicate with your friends in real time using chat in Gmail.

You may find support for Google Chat here.


Google HangoutsGoogle Hangouts

Google Hangouts let users connect and communicate with others in multi-user "virtual" rooms. Hangouts let you share your computer screen so other people in the hangout can see what’s on your screen. You can choose to share any open window on your computer. You can also share Google Drive files and collaborate to write meeting notes or draw on a shared whiteboard.

  • To have an interactive synchronous class session with up to 10 students on video
  • To hold office hours
  • To record a workshop,  break out, one-on-one or lecture session

PDF "Getting Started" Instructions

Google ChromeGoogle Chrome

Google Chrome is an Internet browser, is it an alternative to Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Internet browsers. Google Chrome takes a minimalist approach when browsing the Internet. The browser is very simplistic in its appearance, but that is by design.

According to the Web site for the browser, "... Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go."

You may find support for Google Chrome here.

Google SearchGoogle Search

Google Search is a web search engine. The order of search results on Google's search-results pages is based, in part, on a priority rank called a "PageRank".

Google Search provides many options for customized search, using Boolean operators such as: exclusion ("-xx"), alternatives ("xx OR yy"), and wildcards ("x * x").

You may find support for Google Search here.

Google MobileGoogle Mobile

Many Google applications work on phones. Product availability varies by phone and region. Use your phone's browser and visit m.google.com to see what's available specifically for your phone make and model. 

You may find support for Google Mobile here.

Google Hangouts - Now Available

Google Hangouts let users connect and communicate with others in multi-user "virtual" rooms. Hangouts let you share your computer screen so other people in the hangout can see what’s on your screen. You can choose to share any open window on your computer. You can also share Google Drive files and collaborate to write meeting notes or draw on a shared whiteboard.

  • To have an interactive synchronous class session with up to 10 students on video
  • To hold office hours
  • To record a workshop,  break out, one-on-one or lecture session

PDF Instructions

New and Upcoming Google Changes

Google has been making some changes with their apps lately.  These changes mainly involve the navbar, email attachments, and your login.  Please contact the help desk if you have any questions regarding these changes!

Navbar

You will no longer find the toolbar at the top of your browser when logged into Google.  Instead, there is now a grid icon next to your name in the top right corner of your window.  From here you can select anything you need (email, calendar, drive, etc.).  If you still want to keep your one-click access to your favorite apps like mail and calendar, consider adding them as bookmarks in your favorite internet browser!

Attachments

You may have noticed changes with the way you access attachments in your Google LTU mail.  At the bottom of your email, there will now be thumbnail previews to represent your attachments.  Hover your mouse over these thumbnails to see options such as save and preview.

Login

There will no longer be a custom LTU Logo at the Google sign in, it will instead be what you see below.  The new sign-in page requires users to sign in with their full email address (example: username@ltu.edu) versus the old page which required just the username.  The Stay signed in checkbox is selected by default. Users who want to sign out of Google Apps automatically when they close their browser should deselect this checkbox. Users who leave this checkbox selected when they sign in will remain signed in for two weeks or until they click the Sign out button that appears when they click their photo in the upper right corner.

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