Google Drive, introduced TODAY, allows you to access files from any location. It is as simple as dragging and dropping your files- video, audio, photos and documents- from any program directly into Google Drive where you can easily access and share them. Google Drive makes it easy to share and collaborate on large files too!
For those who love Google Docs, “it is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations.” Post comments and replies to any file type and get email alerts when other collaborators post comments on a shared file.
Right now, you can “ install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet.” Google is currently working on a “Drive app for iOS devices.”
There is a search feature built in so it is easy to find files by type, author or key word. This will make navigating your saved and shared files that much easier! There is even Optical Character Recognition technology that makes it possible to scan images so they appear in a search. So, if you have photos of your summer vacation in Mexico by the beach and you search “beach,” any image with a beach should appear in your search.
For those of us who are big fans of Google, it’s nice that Google Drive was developed to work seamlessly with the suite of Google tools. Currently, you can attach images from Google Drive right into Google+ and soon this will also be the case with Gmail.
As an educator I’m excited to explore how Google Drive can make it easier for me and my students to manage the variety of different Google tools we currently use. It is important to note in these times of budget cuts in education that up to 5GB of storage is free. “You can choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month.”
Click here, to check out Google Drive.