Google Drive provides free cloud storage and access to a suite of productivity tools that can be extremely beneficial for students and educators. This video tutorial provides and overview and basic navigation of Google Drive.
- [Narrator] Let's take a look at Google Drive, and some of the possibilities it presents for educators. If I had to choose one piece of technology that I use most often in education, Google Drive is it. Google Drive is the umbrella name for a suite of productivity tools. By adding your files to the free cloud storage Google Drive provides, you have access to them from anywhere, anytime. It's designed for collaboration, creativity, and creation. Google Drive has four main components.
Google Docs, which is an online word processing program. Google Slides, an online presentation application. Google Sheets, a web based spreadsheet application. And Google Forms, a tool for creating surveys, tests, and other forms. One of the main advantages of Google Drive is the ability to collaborate with others, which has great implications, for both teachers and students. When working in Google Drive, my work saves automatically.
Not only does my current work save, but Drive keeps a time-stamped revision history of all of the changes that have been made, and who made those changes. Google Drive is free. And if you have a Gmail account, you already have a Google Drive. To access your drive, just click on the Google Apps icon and then select Drive. My Drive shows all of the files and folders I have in my Google Drive. Shared With Me displays any files or folders that another Google account user has shared with you.
Google Photos displays any photos you've uploaded to Google Photos or shared in a Google Hangout. Recent displays the documents you've had open most recently. Starred shows any files you've starred as important. Trash contains any documents you've removed from your drive. If I want to create a new project or upload a file, I'm gonna click on the New button. From here, I can create a new folder, upload a file, upload an entire folder, or I can create a new Google document, a new Google spreadsheet, a new Google slide presentation, or I can click on more to access Google Forms, Google Drawings, or Google My Maps.
I can also click on Connect More Apps to see what other applications are available that work with Google Drive. I can choose from apps that edit sheet music, create graphic organizers, convert video files, or keep journals. Whatever my specialty, there's probably a Google App that works in Google Drive to help complete the task. Google Drive is an amazing cloud storage service that is helping to bring eductation into the 21st century.
- Sending large attachments with Gmail
- Filtering email in Gmail
- Uploading and downloading files in Google Drive
- Creating student assignment folders
- Adjusting Google Docs sharing and security options
- Providing feedback in Docs
- Voice typing and translating content
- Collaborating with Google Sheets
- Presenting with Google Slides
- Creating and sharing Google Forms
- Building a self-grading quiz in Google Forms
- Creating events and appointments in Google Calendar