Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Google Drive Basics

Google Drive offers a host of potential for integrating great instructional practices with digital tools.  In future posts, I'll share some instructional ideas for integrating Google Drive in your classroom. Meanwhile, here are a few basic tips for getting started with Google Drive.


Logging in Google Drive
  • Visit www.google.com and sign in.
  • Select Drive at the top of your screen. 


OR
  • Visit the Chrome Web Store and add Google Drive as an app for your Chrome browser.  

Adding Multiple Accounts




Creating and Sharing Documents

  • Select CREATE and the type of document.  Name your document.




  • To share, select the SHARE icon.



  • Make the document public by changing the privacy settings or invite specific people to collaborate on your document.




  • Be sure to select the access level.








Creating and Sharing Folders

  • In your Drive, Select CREATE and Folder.  Name your folder.



  • Right-click on the folder, and select SHARE.

  • Make the folder public by changing the privacy settings or invite specific people to collaborate within your folder.




  • Be sure to select the access level.





  • Note that shared folders will have the people icon.  



Accessing Shared Documents and Folders

  • Click on SHARED WITH ME to find all items that have been shared with you by others.



  • Drag shared files or folders into MY DRIVE to organize.

  • Use the Google Drive search bar to find documents or folders.




Organizing and Personalizing Google Drive

  • Use the star feature for frequently used documents and find them in your Starred folder.

 


  • Create folders in your Google Drive.  Decide on List View or Grid View.



  • Right-click and select Change Color to organize folders by color.






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