Google Apps for Education (G Suite)
Barnard provides mail, calendar, and other services via G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education). gBear is the local term for this suite of online applications that makes communicating and collaborating at school easier and more efficient. All students, faculty, and staff of Barnard College are automatically provided a gBear account when they join the community; use your Barnard Account username and password to log in.
gBear Mail (GMail)
GMail is Google’s flagshiop web-based email program, which provides users with unlimited storage. GMail includes fast, reliable search and powerful spam protection. "Inbox by Google", an alternative mail interface with automation and organization built in, is also available. (You can switch back and forth between GMail and Inbox.)
Google Contacts is a service that is fully integrated with all other Google Apps and serves as an online address book for all of your contacts. Google's powerful search makes finding, editing, sharing, grouping, and uploading contacts fast and easy. This also includes an internal directory of Barnard users, so that it's easy to find colleagues.
Google Calendar is a fast and simple online calendar application. It lets you see your whole schedule in context – you can easily share and connect your calendar with faculty, colleagues, classmates, and friends at Barnard. You can also easily add the Academic Calendar to your personal calendar, among others offered from Barnard and Columbia.
Google Groups is a mailing list application that allows for easy and quick self-management by the list owner. All Barnard-hosted mailing lists are configured as gBear Groups. The Groups service also serves as a method to have "role accounts" for offices and departments, so that multiple people can respond to inquiries coming to a single address.
Google Drive is a way to collaborate and share documents online. Documents are stored on Google's systems (though you can always download a copy to your computer) and can be viewed and/or edited by any colleagues you give access to. Google supports text documents, spreadsheets, presentations (i.e., slideshows), and online forms, as well as a drawing application.
Note that Barnard College policy states that gBear Drive should not be required for coursework and is simply an option for online collaboration. The usual supportive computer programs used for ADA purposes can also be used for gBear Drive.
Google Sites is a service for easily creating and collaborating on web sites. At Barnard, gBear Sites are chiefly being used for student organizations and for ad-hoc collaboration. (Official Barnard departmental web sites--including the one you're looking at now--are on the College Drupal CMS, administered by Digital Communications.)
Your gBear account has access to the full menu of ancillary services: Blogger, YouTube, Keep, Maps, etc. These services are being made available on an as-is, unsupported basis. BCIT will only provide support for the core services (Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Groups, Drive, Hangouts, and Sites). We invite you to explore Google's Help Center for assistance with using the wide range of available applications.