Google Drive: The Basics

Donnie Piercey


Teacher/Tech Integrator

Eminence Independent Schools, Kentucky

Google Geo in Edu Teacher Advisory Board Member



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Google Drive

        -What is Google Drive? Google’s Cloud service: Create Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, Forms (Surveys) and more!  Anything in your drive can be edited by up to 50 users at a time!  You can even upload images, photos, gifs, and Microsoft Office files and automatically convert them to “Google Docs”

- Oh, and if you are a Google Apps for Education district, you now have UNLIMITED storage in your Drive!

The Basics:

        Create a document by clicking the big, red “NEW” button!  

Looking for a fun way to show your students how collaboration works?

For Beginners:

        ~ 5 Big Reasons You Should Use Google Drive 

        ~ Link to sample Google Slide

        ~ Everything is SHAREABLE (including folders)


        ~ Try formatting a doc the same way you would in Word.

        ~ Digitally “Share” a document with your students (or have your students share their work with you!).  If “Google Contacts” are turned on, it’ll auto complete student email addresses, too!  

        ~ Have multiple students working on the same document at the same time

        ~ Have all of your students’ Google Accounts on a spreadsheet; share that spreadsheet with all of your team teachers and students so they have everyone’s account.

        ~ Create an assessment for your students using Google Forms, score it using Flubaroo. 

        ~ Upload all of your Office 365 files to G-drive, it’ll convert them for you!  

For Intermediates:

        -Have a shared “Class Folder” that contains “view only” docs/images/study guides that your students can access throughout the year.  

        -Interactive Presentations (Research Topics)

-Work with a team of teachers?  Create a new doc from a template each week that can become your “Common Lesson Plan”.  Have everyone contribute to it.  

        - Reading Comp Practice: copy and paste a passage (make sure to cite properly!) then paste link to a Google Form with questions down at the bottom

        - Run a class government?  Having a class meeting?  Have a student “Take the minutes” in a public Google doc that you can share with the world.  

For the Advanced:

-Your students don’t have access to email, but you want them to fill out a Google Form?  Paste a link to it on your classroom website, and have students access it through there.

        -No email accounts for your students?  Publish your Google Doc to the web or make it “Public”

        -Fill out a form and have the results of it sent directly to parents using the Autocrat Add-on (Think about using this as a weekly behavior report/progress monitoring).  

-You can embed student docs, presentations, spreadsheets, very easily with the “embed” code.  Here’s a sample project my students and I created using Google Drive and Blogger together.  

-Teach Social Studies? Using Google Drive for Primary Sources

                - Text of the Declaration of Independence

        -Substitute plan like a boss.  Feeling sick one morning and don’t want to drive out to your classroom?  Always have an icon on your school desktop computer to a Public Google Doc that says “Sub Plans”.  Have it be a link to a Doc that you can edit from home.  

        -Put the internet to work for you: make a doc “public” and then tweet its link out on Twitter.  Put an in-class question at the top of the doc and watch it fill in.  (Just make sure you use a educational hashtag with your tweet!  #edchat, #KyEdChat, #sschat, etc...)  

But how do I easily use this with my students?  Google. Classroom, my friends:

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Google Classroom