Collaborating with Google Team Drives

Google Team Drives has recently become available as an option for sharing files and folders. With Team Drives, documents are owned by a team instead of an individual. This means that when someone leaves the group, their files remain in the Team Drive without having to transfer ownership. Our Extension Technology team has moved to Team Drives which makes finding shared documents and folders so much easier! We also no longer need to transfer document ownership to a departmental account. We all have access to create folders and manage files within our Team Drive.
Team Drives FeaturesCan be shared to Google Groups and/or users with varying levels of accessAll members of a Team Drive see the same content Files are owned by the team, not by an individualYou can add external users to a Team Drive. The external user must have a Google account and be signed into Drive.Individual files in a Team Drive can be shared with people outside of your team Differences between My Drive and Team Drives

Create a custom Google Map

Custom Google Map example

I can be a bit of a St. Paul Campus evangelist. I refer to it as The Main Campus of the U of M. I created a secret handshake for St. Paulites to use. So when a group of IT professionals were meeting here for two days and asked for some tips on things to do, I knew I wanted to give them a custom Google Map highlighting all the best St. Paul has to offer!

Here it is!

Does making a super sweet custom Google Map sound like something that might be useful to know? It's easy! Although it took me a bit to figure out where you do it.

Step 1: While logged into your Google account, go to Click inside the search box and a roll-down should appear that says "My maps."

google map screenshot

Step 2: Select "Create" in the My Maps menu.

google map screenshot

Step 3: Title your new map, write a description, and begin adding points. You can add points by selecting the point button,

google map screenshot

or by searching for a location and selecting "Add to map."

google map screenshot

Step 4: To share your map, select "Share" and set the sharing permissions how you would like. Use the link to share with collaborators or the world.

Step 5: To print your map (if desired), select the three vertical dots near Share. Here's an example of what that looks like.

Google map screenshot

Have fun creating custom Google maps! I'd love to see what you create!


  1. The Extension Health & Nutrition team shared this awesome Google map of farmers markets!!


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