Monday, June 24, 2013

Google Drive

One of the great things about Google Drive is the ability to automatically save everything you do. For students, this gives them the ability to save their work in progress wherever they are and continue later even if it's at a different computer or at home.

For teachers you can organize your files, access them wherever you are, share and collaborate with colleagues, and also share or assign files with students.

The first thing you do is log in to your Google Drive. For SEES teachers, you will go to the district cloud at https://cloud.smusd.org/, then type in your district log in. You'll find your Google Docs on the Desktop (if you don't see it, click desktop at the top of the page in the black bar.) If you are also signed into a personal Google account, you may need to click "sign in as another user" to get to your district account.

Within Google Drive (Docs) you can upload files from any device so you can access them anywhere.





You can also create Google files right within Drive. 



Below is a list of the various types of files you can create within Drive:
Document - similar to Word Documents
Presentation (also called Google Slides) - similar to PowerPoint
Spreadsheet - (similar to Excel but also does amazing things with Forms)
Form - I don't know what it's similar to, I just love it!
Drawing - a drawing app, of course

Next up - sharing Google files and folders.

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