Google Drive is a cloud-based file creation, saving, and sharing service. Files are not saved on the local physical machine or USB memory stick, but on the web. It allows files to be accessible anywhere there is internet available.
There is also an accompanying Google Drive ‘app’ that can be installed on one’s own personal device (laptop, tablet, and phone) that even allows access offline when there is no internet access. Files here can be shared by invitation with others in the district and can be set by the owner as read only or with editing permissions.
Each user is given 30 GB of space. Any type of file can be stored there, from spreadsheets and images to applications and CAD drawings, all in their original unaltered format, just like a USB memory stick. As with any drive, it can also be used to submit items for D2L Dropboxes.
Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Data Forms, and Drawings can also be created directly within the Drive itself. No Office, or any other productivity suite, is required to be installed on the personal device being used. These ‘native’ Google docs are unique in that they allow multiple individuals to work on a single document, at the same time. Each user will see all the changes being made by others, live on their screen, as they themselves work on it.
Connected individuals can be across the class or across the world. Google automatically saves work being done as the user types, all revisions are logged and can be accessed. Losing work from power outages, crashed computers, and lost USB sticks is a thing of the past.
How Do I Access It?
Use the same method you would use to access your email (all the google products are linked together from your 1 district account). Go to Google.com, click the “Sign In” button on the top right corner of your page, then enter your FULL email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password.