The more I learn about technology’s application in the classroom, the more I love it. We can do *so* much more now than we could before…and that’s a good thing! So glad to find the Technology Thursday linky of at Teaching Trio for more great ideas…I love technology…
…especially when it comes to saving our work. There is nothing…I mean NOTHING…more frustrating than typing a worksheet or for those teacher-students in the crowd, a paper or project, then having it disappear in a New York minute because we didn’t save it every four seconds. And it’s just as bad when you type and save, but forget where…thumb/flash drive? hard drive? School computer? personal computer? iPad?
If any of those are your frustrations, you really need to do yourself the favor of merging Google Drive into your life. Since I started using Google Drive, I’ve saved myself many a technology headache (which Advil does not help!). Curious? Let’s explore.
What Is Google Drive?
Google Drive is a cloud-based storage system that starts you off with 15GB of free storage space. Whatever you can save on a thumb/flash drive or hard drive can be saved in Google Drive. Since I started about a year ago, I’ve only managed to use 2% of my total GB allotment, and I have *a lot* of stuff in there–audio book files for my 8th graders, website photos, novel units, etc. It can be upgraded to more space for a fee, but I can’t imagine filling it up too easily.
Why Would I Use Google Drive?
It’s free. You can access it anywhere you have internet access. ANYWHERE. Home. School. Your neighbor’s house. The library. Your mom’s basement. If you’ve got a computer with internet access, you can log in to your Google Drive and work. There’s a smartphone app as well (of course there is!), which I’ve used to view documents on the fly when necessary. I don’t know how well the app creates new documents as I haven’t done that yet, so I can’t fully endorse the app. Yet.