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Understanding Google Drive

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Video: Understanding Google Drive

As educators, we have a natural workflow over working on

Understanding Google Drive

As educators, we have a natural workflow over working on documents at home as well as in our school building. Google has a built-in application to really help us out when it comes to this particular area, and that's Google Drive. Google Drive is essentially a network drive that allows us access to our documents in a variety of places. Before we start diving into how we can use Google Drive as an educator, let's make sure we fully understand the concept behind what Google Drive is. With Google drive, Google takes a section of the server and then they allow you to upload your own documents to this. This could be Word documents or Excel spreadsheets, pictures, videos, files, Google Docs, whatever it is that you'd like.

Here you have a place that you can send all of your different files to and they're stored in the Google server. Furthermore, you have the ability to sync your computer with the Google server. That way you have a folder on your computer, and whatever you put into that particular folder, will be automatically synced with the Google servers. In addition to that, if you add something to the Google servers, it'll automatically be sent back to your computer. One of the areas that Google Drive has become really beneficial to teachers is through collaboration. You have your space on Google server but some of those documents, some of those files and spreadsheets, you may want to share with a collaborator.

Well here, the collaborator has the ability to pull them directly from your Google server. They can also have the opportunity to upload files. And it doesn't mean they have access to everything that you have. Maybe you only want that collaborator to have access to one spreadsheet. Well then that collaborator can change and upload that one spreadsheet. And any changes that you make will automatically be downloaded to their computer as well. So, with that one spreadsheet, any changes on your computer will be automatically reflected on your collaborator's computer. This way, you can work on quickly creating documents together.

Now that we understand a little bit about how the Google Drive can help us collaborate, let's go ahead and dive into some actual examples.

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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      42s
    2. Things to know before watching this course
      1m 30s
    3. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 18m 22s
    1. What is Google Apps for Education?
      54s
    2. Setting up Google Apps
      4m 27s
    3. Verifying your domain name
      2m 40s
    4. Adding users
      5m 30s
    5. Customizing Google Apps
      4m 51s
  3. 26m 11s
    1. Configuring Gmail
      7m 37s
    2. Gmail communication
      5m 5s
    3. Creating a school signature
      3m 56s
    4. Archiving school communication
      2m 0s
    5. Sending large attachments
      3m 5s
    6. Using common shortcuts
      4m 28s
  4. 16m 12s
    1. Collaborating with calendars
      4m 47s
    2. Adding office hours with repeating events
      4m 48s
    3. Creating event invitations
      3m 0s
    4. Managing alerts
      3m 37s
  5. 8m 8s
    1. Understanding Google Drive
      1m 44s
    2. Creating a lesson-planning workflow
      3m 21s
    3. Centralizing school documents
      3m 3s
  6. 13m 6s
    1. Understanding Google Docs
      2m 30s
    2. Collaborating with Google Docs
      3m 10s
    3. Surveying other teachers
      7m 26s
  7. 26m 2s
    1. Getting started with a collaborative planning website
      3m 6s
    2. Adding collaborators
      1m 39s
    3. Adding pages
      3m 55s
    4. Styling your website
      5m 14s
    5. Styling individual pages
      4m 49s
    6. Adding dynamic elements for user interactions
      3m 55s
    7. Publishing your website
      1m 55s
    8. Google Sites in the classroom
      1m 29s
  8. 8m 14s
    1. Adding educational apps
      3m 6s
    2. Using YouTube for education
      2m 27s
    3. Teaching with Google Scholar
      2m 41s
  9. 45s
    1. Next steps
      45s

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