May 7, 2010
Google Drive is a cloud storage place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Google Drive integrates seamlessly with other Google applications, so it allows users to not only write, share and store documents, spreadsheets and presentations, but also allows one to store any type of file. Whether you are working on a joint research project, planning a unit of study, surveying students, or tracking data with colleagues, you can do it in Google Drive.
With Google Drive, you can:
- Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
- Store everything safely and access it anywhere. You can access your stuff from anywhere and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet.
- Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more.
Get started with Drive today at drive.google.com/start.
Why Use Google Drive?
- Facilitates Writing As A Process – Google Drive’s sharing features enables students to decide exactly who can access and edit documents. It helps promote group work and peer editing skills, and it espouses writing as a process by encouraging multiple revisions and peer editing.
- Provides Formative Assessment – Google Drive can be used a formative assessment tool, as forms can be created to collect feedback electronically. Monitor student progress via an interactive process which allows you to give guidance when it might be of maximum benefit – while your student is still working on an assignment. Through the revisions history, you can see clearly who contributed to what assignment and when; if a student says he or she worked on a given project over the last two weeks, it will be documented.
- Promotes Collaboration - Google Drive lets students easily invite others to work on the same document, at the same time, without the hassle of attaching and sending documents. Studetns can collaborate online with fellow students, even when they aren’t in the same place, and they can get feedback easily from teachers, and enter updates anytime from anywhere. Students can refer to the revisions history to see how their assignment has evolved, and who has helped.