Part 1: Setting Up

In this part we will get you set up with a number of different accounts you will need, demonstrate the different tools available to you, and  help you get organized and ready to start the year. 



Overview Presentation

The presentation below covers most of the introductory information you need to know. In the sections below there is additional information on each of them. 

Google Suite

The Google Suite (GSuite) has a large number of applications, many of which you will use in this class.

When you first login to your Google account you will be in your email. If you’d like to access other apps you click on the icon that is on the top right of the screen. That will give you a menu that looks like the following. 

If you click on More at the bottom you can add more apps as well. If you’re not happy with the apps that you have listed, or you want to change the order, then you can click and drag the icons around as you like. For your time in this class, and for much of your life at TES, you will only need to concern yourself with the following. 



You should check your school email a few times a week, just in case the school or individual teachers have sent you something important. Aside from being able to speak to a teacher while you’re in their class, it’s your primary means of communication. 


This is where you will be storing most of your class work. Keep it well organized so that you can find things as you need them. Also, when you click “Add to Drive” on other documents they will be saved under the “My Drive” folder space. 


Many of your teachers will use classroom to post assignments, announcements, and give feedback on your submissions. If something happens on classroom you will get an information notifying you. That’s one more reason to check your email often. 


Slides is like PowerPoint, and is used for creating presentations. You will find that Slides has many of the same features as PowerPoint, though it is lacking an extensive list of themes and templates. If you search online you can find a lot of them for free though. 


This program is for writing. It works a lot like Microsoft Word, but has fewer features. The really nice thing about Docs is that unless you disconnect from the internet, your work is automatically saved, so it’s unlikely you’ll lose work due to a computer crashing. 


This program is for spreadsheets, which means calculations, graphing and any number related stuff. You will use it in your Computing class, and possibly within mathematics. 


You will not use TESmile for a lot this year, but you will need it to register for CCAs, and for at least our first parent-teacher conference. This is the link that will take you to the homepage. If you’re having trouble logging in, first check that you’re student Student from the options below the password box. If you’re still having trouble, try clicking the Lost Password? button and then reset your password. 

The Network

Your network drive will always be Z: and be named after your student key. You can only access this from the computers at school using Windows Explorer. That means if you need to bring something home which is saved on it, make sure to transfer that to your Google Drive. Within Computing you will only use the Z: drive for bigger projects like Photoshop. 

To find your Z: drive first click on the Windows Explorer icon on the bottom left of your screen that looks like this .  On the left hand side scroll down until you find Z: with your student key. Anything not saved to this folder may be lost after you log out. That means saving to My Documents or My Pictures will NOT save your documents.