Resource Introduction: Google Drive

Yes, it may seem like we all know how to use Google Drive, but check this post for all the training you’ll need!

What is it?

Google Drive is two tools. First, it is a storage space for files, somewhat like the hard drive on your computer or a flash drive in your pocket. Unlike those, though, the storage exists on Google’s servers, so you access it through the Internet. Second, it is a suite of software similar to Microsoft Office. Just like that, you can use it to compose documents, design presentations, create forms, or develop spreadsheets.

How can I use it?

The possibilities for this seemingly simple tool are rather staggering. Yes, you can use it to store and create files, but more than that, you can use it to collaborate by sharing those files. This sharing can happen in real time, so you can collaborate on a document with someone halfway across the world as if you were sitting at a table with them. Teachers use it to manage classes, mimicking the functions of filing cabinets, three-ring binders, bulletin boards, and lockers. Students use it to keep all work from any class they’ve completed and make sure they’re prepared for each class they attend at any moment. And, of course, Drive is accessible through any device, so you can work on it anywhere that you have an Internet connection: on a desktop in a classroom, a smartphone on a bus, or a tablet on the beach.

Who’s using it?

Pretty much everyone.

Check out Anson Alexander’s full tutorial for Google Drive. Don’t forget about all the other YouTube help you’ll probably find with some simple searching.

Resource Links

Google’s Drive Cheat Sheet

Google Apps Learning Center for Drive

GCF’s Tutorials for Google Drive

“Google Docs in Plain English” (Excellently simple video introduction)

PD Session: Learn How to Navigate in Drive


Author: Alexander Clarkson

After ten years of teaching English language arts at Southview High School and three years at McCord Junior High School, Alex is the first digital instruction specialist for Sylvania Schools. He moves from building to building helping teachers reach and engage their students through digital learning.

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