Google Drive Guru
Google Drive is a cloud storage and synchronization service. It is also the home for all things Google, including Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Drawings, Sites, Maps and more.
Why? Google Drive keeps all your files sync across devices, so you’ll always have the latest version whether you’re at home, at school, or on the go. Plus, it allows you to create and share documents with others, so you can collaborate with one another.
Goal: Learning this skill enables teachers and students to organize files, access important information, and collaborate with ease.
Tags: ISTE Educator Standard 1: Learner, ISTE Educator Standard 4: Collaborator, ISTE Educator Standard 6: Facilitator, ISTE Student Standard 1: Empowered Learner, ISTE Student Standard 3: Knowledge Constructor, ISTE Student Standard 6: Creative Communicator, ISTE Student Standard 7: Global Collaborator, SAMR – Augmentation, SAMR – Modification
This tool is especially great for: All Google users
Necessary Knowledge: Before completing this badge, you should know, or have completed the following badge(s):
*Please note: the content of the video is still accurate, but the aesthetics have changed in Google Drive. Please see the screenshots below for the updated view of the “New” button and updated Sharing Permissions.
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Task to complete:
- Sign into drive.google.com (we recommend bookmarking it for easy regular access).
- Create a folder in Google Drive.
- If you have not done so yet, upload an item from your computer to Drive (this can be any file type- a picture, PDF, etc.).
- If you already have files stored in your Drive, take some time to organize your files into folders.
- “Star” important files and folders for quick access, and color code any folders that you want to stand out.
- Practice using the advanced search in Drive to locate files quickly.
- Share a file so “anyone with the link can view” (you can create a blank new Document to share for this purpose if you want).
- Go to your “Shared With Me” folder and add any documents you need to access more than once to your Drive, and organize it into a folder.
Evidence to submit:
- Submit the shareable link to a Google Doc or Office 365 document that contains a screenshot of your Google Drive. Make sure the picture includes color-coded folders. Share the document with email@example.com, and copy and paste the link to the document in the submission box below.
Pitfalls to avoid: Avoid searching too long for a specific file- use the advanced search option if you are searching for a document for longer than one minute. Work smarter, not harder!
Create folders and keep your Drive as organized as possible. It’s easy for it to get out of control quickly!
Don’t forget to add documents from your “Shared With Me” to your Drive if you need to access them more than once.
- Download Google Drive on your smartphone and/or tablet, so you can access your documents on the go!