OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud-based storage service that gives users free cloud-based storage, and integrates well with the Microsoft applications. As an educator or student, you can sign up for a free Microsoft 365 account, which will give you a ton of free OneDrive storage. OneDrive will allow you to store and share resources in the cloud and access them from anywhere you have an Internet connection.
- [Instructor] As an educator, you likely have a lot of digital resources that you need to store. This is where a tool like Microsoft's OneDrive can be so extremely valuable. OneDrive is Microsoft's file hosting service that allows you to save documents, spreadsheets, images, videos, and more in the cloud so that you can access it from anywhere that you have an internet connection. The OneDrive service is similar to other free cloud storage tools like Google Drive and Dropbox. Now, in order to sign up for a OneDrive account or to access your account, you can navigate to onedrive.live.com.
Here I'm on the home page. And in the upper right corner, I'm going to click on Sign In. And if you don't have an account, it is really simply to sign up for a Microsoft Live account. I'm going to use my account, and I'll sign in here. Currently, free subscribers of OneDrive receive five gigabytes of data. However, you do have options to pay for more data if you need it. Now, remember that as an educator, you may qualify to sign up for a free Office 365 for Education account.
And if you do, you'll receive one terabyte of storage, which is an absolute ton. Now, in this course we'll take a look at OneDrive and some of the ways that it can be used in education, although we won't go over all the details and features of the program. In order to learn more about OneDrive, I recommend checking out Up and Running with OneDrive by Garrick Chow. Let's take a look at some ways to use OneDrive.
- Creating effective and engaging presentations
- Creating flipped classes with Office Mix
- Empowering students with PowerPoint
- Creating tutorials, newsletters, and flipped classes with Sway
- Tracking student progress in Excel
- Using Word templates
- Creating visual representations in Word
- Using OneDrive for collaboration and storage
- Creating modules and flipped classes using OneNote
- Using Outlook, Docs.com, Skype, and SharePoint