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Google Drive: A tool for sharing documents among students

Google Drive is a free online resource which has multiple uses and benefits. Firstly users may upload their files which are than accessible either through the Drive site or through the mobile app. This can act as a backup or also instead of pendrive as the document will be accessible from any device which can connect to the internet.

Secondly users can create documents, spreadsheets and presentations without the need to have any software installed. The best part about this is that if the students are split up in groups they can all work together on a single document instead of each one of them alone. This may lead to more group effort and teamwork. Also each person in the group can immediately see what is being inserted and edited in the document so this could prevent and misunderstandings in the team.

Since Google Drive would be something different than the usual Word or PowerPoint work which they have, it may encourage them to explore all the possibilities it offers. It can also be used between the students to upload anything useful for the class which they may come across when doing their homework. In this way they could learn not only through the teachers notes but also through any websites or game, etc their friends may find online.


One comment on “Google Drive: A tool for sharing documents among students

  1. sarah1294
    October 18, 2014

    I have been using Google Drive for this past year and as you have mentioned, it has numerous advantages. In my opinion, its best feature is the possibility of uploading files and making them shareable with other people. Once connected to the internet, they can access it from any device they have. I have also used it as a backup system for some of my important documents and I can surely see how it encourages group work. Students would meet up, discuss some issues, work together and then a single person can upload the amended document. And if someone does not agree with something, s/he can at edit the document once being alone. I also think that it can be used as an online classroom, where both the teacher and the students upload resources which may be useful in the future.

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