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What can you do with Google Drive?
With Google Drive, you can easily create, share, and edit documents online. Here are a few specific things you can do:

  • Convert most file types to Google Drive formats.
     
  • Add flair and format your documents, with options such as paint format, margins, spacing, and fonts.
     
  • Invite other people to collaborate on a doc with you, giving them edit, comment or view access.
     
  • Collaborate online in real time and chat with other collaborators.
     
  • View your documents' revision history and roll back to any version.
     
  • Download Google Docs to your desktop as Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, HTML or zip files.
     
  • Translate a document to a different language.
     
  • Email your documents to other people as attachments
How to share Google Docs with other people
Once you've created your Google document, you can share it with your friends, family, or coworkers.
You can do this from your Documents List or directly from the document.
  • From the Documents list: 

    share form documents list
     
  • From your document, click the blue Share buttonshare button in the top right of the window. The following menu will pop up:

    share within the doc
Google Drive
Google Drive is the new home for all your documents. The terms 'Drive' and 'Docs' can be used interchangeably in this guide.
  • Google Drive starts users off with 15GB storage (shared between Google products), but you can buy more
Helpful Resources from Google
Use this online help guide from Google to learn more.

Keep up to date with the latest changes for Google Drive with this handy blog from Google.

Google makes suggestions for college students via tips, products and services.
Tips for educators
Other ideas from Google for Educators.
  • Promote group collaboration and creativity by having your students record their group projects together in a single doc.
  • Keep track of grades, attendance, or any other data you can think of using an easily accessible, always available spreadsheet.
  • Facilitate writing as a process by encouraging students to write in a document shared with you. You can check up on their work at any time, provide insight and help using the comments feature, and understand better each student’s strengths.
  • Create quizzes and tests using spreadsheets forms, your students' timestamped answers will arrive neatly ordered in a spreadsheet.
  • Encourage collaborative presentation skills by asking your students to work together on a shared presentation, then present it to the class.
  • Collaborate on a document with fellow teachers to help you all track the status and success of students you share.
  • Maintain, update and share lesson plans over time in a single document.
  • Track and organize cumulative project data in a single spreadsheet, accessible to any collaborator at any time.
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