G Suite is a set of Google apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google+, Hangouts, Drive, Docs/Sheets/Forms/Slides) that work in unison seamlessly. For instance, you can receive a message in Gmail and instantly convert it into a Calendar event. When you make a comment in Docs, Sheets, or Slides, collaborators automatically receive email alerts. With a single click, you can launch a Hangouts video meeting from your inbox or calendar. Additionally, many G Suite features can be integrated into Blackboard, for example you can directly submit your assignments to your course, from your drive. Using these tools saves time, increases productivity, and helps to stay connected!
"I find Google Drive programs like Docs and Slides to be tremendously helpful in enabling group work in class. Students in a group can work on a single document simultaneously, they can work asynchronously outside of class, and students who are absent can check in to find out what they’ve missed. In addition, all students in a group have a record of the group’s work so that they can refer to the material later. Thus students are not only dependent on their own ability to catch everything, take good notes, or recall later. Finally, as the instructor, I require students to share their documents with me. As a result, I can check in with groups both in class and after class to see where all groups are in their assignments. Google Drive programs have elevated the quality of collaborative work in my classes." - Kim Baker, UNI Faculty Member