Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google.
Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files in the cloud (on Google’s servers), synchronize files across devices, and share files.
In addition to a web interface, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, which are a part of the Google Docs Editors office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more.
Files created and edited through the Google Docs suite are saved in Google Drive.
File storage and synchronization service
The best ways HE teachers are using Google Drive in eLearning:
- Store data and files remotely (never lose learning materials).
- Develop collaborative group projects via Google Docs.
- Access and edit projects anywhere, anytime via your mobile device.
- Publish learners’ work to offer them eLearning feedback and peer-to-peer support.
- Create Google Drive self-guided courses for those who want to learn more.
- Offer immediate revisions and edits on learners’ assignments.
Google Drive offers so many benefits for eLearning professionals. Best of all, it is free.
This means that you can use this powerful application to transform any eLearning course or module into a highly immersive, collaborative, and interactive environment, even if budget constraints would normally make all of this next to impossible.
It can be used for summative assessment or for formative assessment to stimulate reflection or critical thinking. This second option is the most interesting in terms of learning and soft skills development. Quizzes can be performed by students by themselves or during class: the tool automatically grades the performance.
The teacher can also prepare feedback (that is shown automatically by the tool) or discuss results in class together with students.
For instance in one of the cases analyzed the teacher gives students a question about a physics problem to be attempted individually. Then the teacher asks students to discuss among peers about their answers to the question in group of 2 or 3.
After few minutes he stops the discussion and he asks students to answer again individually. At the end the teacher shows the right answer.
This use of classroom response system has been undertaken in a large classroom (more than 200 students) to stimulate engagement, self reflection and discussion among peers.
Use cases/examples of usage: (tutorial)
• Compatible with various devices.
• Instant access to edit files.
• Quick Files Search.
• Ability to view different file types.
• Easy sharing.
• Free Storage space of up to 15 GB.
• Excellent User interface.
• File Organization and management.
• Solid Data Backup.
• Character Recognition Feature.
• Security features.
• Compatibility with Microsoft.
• SSL Encryption.
• Security Risks.
• Requires Internet connection.
• Has a limit of file size you can upload in a day.
• File size limits.
• Downloading and uploading speed.
• Google broses content save in Google drive.
People opinion about the tool:
Similar Tool: DropBox; Box.com; OneDrive.
Technical and operational requirements: a mobile/PC.