Google Drive Basics

Google Drive in Plain English

What is Google Drive?

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 (especially while on the go)All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands 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. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
Search everythingSearch by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up.
Video Tutorials for Google Drive
  1. Video Series - Part 1 - The Basics (file storage, upload files, convert files) -
  2. Video Series - Part 2 - Creating Docs/editing/revision history -
  3. Video Series - Part 3 -sharing -
  4. Video Series - Part 4 - Management -
  5. Using desktop application
  6. Google Drive Homepage
    Download Google Drive for your Computer
    How to install Google Drive
  7. How to use the Drive application
  8. How to use Google Drive offline
  9. Google Drive Chrome Extension
  10. Transferring ownership of a document - Link
  11. Learn - Great tutorials on drive - link

Folders and Organization

Excellent You Tube video on creating a folder and putting files in the folders as well as sharing the folder
  1. Google Help Page for creating folders - link
  2. Google Help for creating and deleting folders. - link
  3. Creating and adding files to folders - link
  4. Moving Shared Content - Link
  5. Adding Shared Content to your My Drive - Link
  6. Copying Content - Link
  7. Transfer Ownership - Link

Using the Desktop Application for Drive
  1. Google Drive Homepage
  2. Download Google Drive for your Computer
  3. How to install Google Drive
  4. How to use the Drive application

Classroom Management/Organization and Management

Examples for both Teachers, Admin and support staff:
  1. Paperless classroom
  2. 40 examples
  3. 32 Ways

Classroom Use:

  1. Presentation about managing Google Docs in the classroom
  2. Blog Post of how to manage assignment collection and grading - Post
  3. Lesson Plan/instructions for students - link

==Classroom Examples==
  1. Using Google Docs/Drive for Revision.
  2. Case Study of using Docs/Drive in an English AP Classroom
  3. 80 Ways to use Forms
  4. 5 simple ways to use Drive in the classroom
  5. Google Docs and STEM
  6. 5 ways to use google docs in math
  7. Google Docs in Math
  8. Google Docs in Math Blog
  9. 15 ways to use Google Maps
  10. Teaching History with Google Docs (scroll to see examples)
  11. Social Studies Central


These resources show how you can set up your Drive with Students to create Turn in Folders as well as how to grade
  1. Turn in Folders -
  2. Create a turn in form -
  3. Share and grade a doc -
  4. Another video showing turn in folders -
  5. Paperless Classroom - (start the video at 6 minutes) - video
  6. Setting up drive for your classroom - link

Administrative use

  1. Slide show with many ideas - link
  2. Create walk-through forms- link
  3. 5 ideas and 5 more ideas
  4. Flipped Staff Meeting
  5. Another Flipped Staff Meeting

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