Google Tablet 101

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What are Google Tablets?

The Nexus 7 is a powerful tablet designed to use Google Apps for Education on the Android platform. It integrates seamlessly with Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and the million+ apps in theGoogle Play Store.

Ways to Use Google Tablets in Teaching and Learning

The purpose of this section is to familiarize you with the Nexus 7 tablet. The focus is setting up the tablet, personalizing it, installing apps, and capturing media.

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Charge Your Nexus 7

Charge your tablet by connecting the micro USB cable to Nexus 7 and connecting the charging unit to a power outlet:

N7 Power
  • Use only the USB charging unit and micro USB cable that come with your Nexus 7. Using a different charging unit or cable may damage your tablet.
  • To avoid risk of injury or damaging your device, peel the protective film from the USB charging unit and USB cable before charging the battery.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this charging unit is AC 100V–240V, and the charging unit’s output voltage is DC 5.2V, 1.35A.
  • Your Nexus 7 can be charged via the USB port on a computer only when Nexus 7 is in sleep mode (screen off) or turned off. Charging through the USB port will take longer than charging with the USB charging unit.

 Set Up Your Nexus 7

Turn on your Nexus 7 by pressing the Power button on the right edge near the top for a few seconds, then release it.

The first time you turn on Nexus 7, you’ll see a Welcome screen.

  • To choose a different language, touch the menu.
  • To continue, touch the Play icon  and follow the instructions.

When prompted, sign in with your ‘cvusd.co’ Google account. Your personal gmail account is different than your ‘cvusd.co’ account. When you sign in with your ‘cvusd.co’ Google account all the email, contacts, calendar events, and other data associated with this account are automatically synced with your tablet.

Getting Around

Navigate Your Nexus

Every Home screen shows the Favorites tray – another quick way to get to your apps and more.

The Favorites tray may differ for Nexus 7 (2012).

At the bottom of every screen, no matter what you’re doing, you’ll always find these three navigation buttons:

  • Back: Opens the previous screen you were working in, even if it was in a different app. Once you back up to the Home screen, you can’t go back any further in your history.
  • Home: Opens Home. If you’re viewing a left or right Home screen, opens the central Home screen. To open Google Now, swipe up.
  • Recent apps: Opens a list of thumbnail images of apps you’ve worked with recently. To open an app, touch it. To remove a thumbnail from the list, swipe it left or right.

If you don’t use these buttons often, they may shrink to dots or fade away, depending on the current app. To bring them back, touch their location.

On the All Apps screen available from the Favorites tray, notice the Settings icon . This brings you to the Settings screens for your tablet, where you can adjust things like network, sound, and account settings, among many others.

Tip: In Android 4.2 and higher, you can use Quick Settings to easily access Wi-Fi settings, change display brightness, and more. To open Quick Settings, swipe down from the top right corner of any screen.

At the top of the screen you’ll find Google Search, which lets you search your tablet or the Internet. Touch Google to type your search terms, or the Microphone icon microphone icon to speak them; you can also say “Google” and your query to activate a voice search while on the main Google Search app screen.

Many screens in apps and Settings include a Menu icon . Touch it to explore additional options, often including a Help item that provides more information about that screen.
Browse Home Screens

To move between Home screens, swipe left or right.

The My Library widget displays music, movies, books, and other content you already have. If the My Library widget isn’t already on your Home screen, go to All Apps > Widgets to add it.

When you’re ready to shop for more, try the suggestions in one of the Play Recommendations widgets:


Organize Apps and Widgets

To add an app or widget to a Home screen:

  1. Go to the Home screen where you want to place the app or widget.
  2. Touch the  All Apps icon.
  3. Swipe right, if necessary, to find the app or widget you want.
  4. Touch & hold the app or widget until the Home screen appears, slide it into place, and lift your finger.

To move an app or widget icon to a different location on a Home screen:

  1. Touch & hold the icon.
  2. Slide your finger to the new position. To bump another icon out of the way, slide slowly into it. To move between Home screens, slide toward the edge of the screen.
  3. Lift your finger.The icon drops into its new position.

Resize or Remove Widgets

To resize a widget, touch & hold, then let go and drag the blue dots. To remove it, touch & hold, then drag it to the Remove icon at the top of the screen.

Create Folders

To create a folder, slide one icon quickly over the other. To rename a folder, touch its name.

Downloading and Installing Apps

Downloading Free and Paid Android Apps
You can download free and paid Android apps and digital content to your device using the Google Play Store app or through your computer. Since you can download content using your device’s Internet connection, there’s no need to connect your device to your computer via USB to download content on Google Play.Apps may be purchased at your own expense. Apps purchased remain with your teacher account and cannot be transferred to students. Your use of the device must comply with the terms of the Technology Use Agreement.

Download Using the Google Play Store App

Play Store
  1. Open the Google Play Store Google Play Store app.
  2. Select an app you want to install.
  3. To install the app on your device, touch Install.
  4. Tap Accept to accept the app’s permissions and start your download.

Paid Apps

  1. Open the Google Play Store Google Play Store app.
  2. Select an app you want to install.
  3. To purchase and install the app, touch the button displaying the price. You may be asked to sign in to your Google Wallet account if it’s your first time making a purchase on Google Play.
  4. Use the drop-down menu next to the app’s price to select a payment method.
  5. Press Buy to accept app’s permissions and start your download. Your app will begin downloading on your phone or tablet once payment is successfully authorized. If you’ve enabled password protection on your Google Play account, you may be asked to sign in before making your purchase.
Download Using Your Computer (play.google.com)
Online Play Store
  1. Visit Google Play from your computer.
  2. Click an app you’d like to install.
  3. From the app’s detail page, click Install.
  4. Review the app’s permissions and choose your intended device from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click Install to accept the permissions for the app and begin your download. If you have a strong Wi-Fi or network (3G/4G) connection on your selected device, you’ll see the app begin to download immediately.

Paid Apps

  1. Visit Google Play from your computer.
  2. Click an app you’d like to install.
  3. If you’d like to purchase and download the app to your device, click the Buy button.
  4. Review the app’s permissions and choose your intended device from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click Continue to accept the app’s permissions. At this time, you may be asked to sign in to your Google Wallet account if it’s your first time making a purchase on Google Play.
  6. Use the drop-down menu to select a payment method or add a new card.
  7. Click Accept and Buy to purchase the app. Once payment is successfully authorized, if you have a strong Wi-Fi or network (3G/4G) connection on your selected device, you’ll see the app begin to download immediately.
 
Download the Edmodo App
Download and install the Edmodo app onto your Nexus 7 by using the Play Store on your device or by clicking here with your computer: Edmodo
Edmodo App

Common Core Integration

Students and teachers are asked to rely heavily on technology in the Common Core. Using a tool like Google Tablet helps to keep track of and organize everything that you provide your students with throughout the year, as well as engage meaningfully in Professional Development.

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