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Google Drive

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 12+
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About Google Drive

Google Drive is a file storage service that allows users to store files online, synchronize files across all devices using their Google accounts, and share files with other users. Google Drive can be accessed on Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, in both online and offline capacities. 

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With Google Drive, you can create and share files and folders online and collaborate with others on group projects. Files in Google Drive can be accessed from any smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Its content creation and management products include Google Docs for documents, Google Sheets for spreadsheets, Google Slides for powerpoint-style presentations, Google forms for surveys, Google Drawings for diagrams, and Google Fusion Tables for databases. Users receive 15 gigabytes of free storage, and are able to pay for more. They can change privacy settings on individual documents and folders, to allow friends, groups, or the public to view and edit their work. Google Drive is a component of G Suite, a bundle of Google-developed productivity and collaboration tools to which businesses and organization can subscribe on a monthly basis.

Highlights

  • Organize  and share files and folders
  • Find files and folders using advanced searching and filtering functions
  • Collaborate online with others in real time
  • Create new docs or upload and convert Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML, text (.txt) and other types of files

Privacy and Security Tips 

When you share a folder with your students, and give them “Can Edit” permissions, they are considered collaborators or “editors” of this folder. By default, editors of a folder are also allowed to add new people to the folder and to change the permissions on the folder. If you do not want your students to have these rights, then you will need to do the following (as the owner):

  • Click the Settings icon in the top right of the Share with People and Groups window.
  • In the Share with people settings window, uncheck the box beside “Editors can change permissions and share”.
  • Anyone with collaborator access to a shared Google Drive folder will allow them to download files from the folder, as well as remove the instructor’s or their peer’s files from the folder. While the activity in the shared folder is trackable, some instructors may find this problematic.
  • Any files added to a shared Google Drive folder will list the “owner” (individual who uploaded the file). All members who have access to that shared folder will see who is the “owner” of each file.
  • For complete instructions on sharing folders or files on different devices, visit Google’s support site, external link.

 

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Additional Information

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Skills

Organisational and Productivity Skills

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Google Inc.

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Description

Google Drive is one safe place for all your stuff. Upload photos, videos, documents, and other files that are important to you, then access what you need wherever you go, on any device. Get going with up to 15GB of storage. Free.

  • Upload files to Google Drive directly from your Android device
  • Share photos and files with friends, family, and colleagues
  • Access files others have shared with you on Google Drive
  • Make any file available offline 
  • Manage files on the go
  • View Google presentations with full animations and speaker notes
  • View your PDFs, Office documents and more
  • Scan documents, receipts and letters with your device camera then search by contents
  • Print files stored in Google Drive on the go using Google Cloud Print 
  • Open files stored in Google Drive through Drive enabled apps in the browser 
  • Optimized experience to take advantage of larger screens for tablet users
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