Google Drive Just Got Better!

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If you’ve read this blog you know I’m a huge Google Drive fan. The one thing that I have been really wanting though, is for Google to come out with a Drive App for iOS devices. Well, they have. 

 

You can now access all you Google Drive documents on you iPad, iPhone, pretty much any iThing you have, and Android devices.

The interface is clean and simple as you would expect. You can now create folders, move files and folders around and even create documents and edit them. However, you cannot edit word or text documents on your iPad unless you create them on the iPad or you converted them to google docs when uploading.

All of the sharing and collaboration tools are also available in the Google Drive App. So you can create a file on your mobile device, add collaborators and work together.

You cannot create presentations yet, but you can view them. I create all my presentations using Google Drive so this is a really big plus.

I’ll be posting video capture from my iPad tomorrow so you can see it in action. Until then watch the Google video below.

Other Posts on Google Drive

Use Google Drive…and here’s why.

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Today I had an instructor call and ask for help. A student of her’s was in a jam. The USB drive he had his final project on was corrupt and the paper was gone. Luckily, she had printed out a hardcopy of his paper, but he still needed to do edits on the assignment. I was able to help out by scanning the hardcopy using Acrobat Pro’s “Scan to PDF” option that uses OCR which made it possible to copy and past the text into word so he could edit it. It wasn’t perfect, but with a bit of reformatting, it will save the student a lot of time.

So where does Google Drive fit in? Google drive, previously Google Docs is a cloud based storage system offered by Google for FREE. You get 5gig of space and can buy more if needed. I began using Google Drive after I misplaced, OK, lost a new USB drive with a lot of work on it. I said never again, and transfered all my work over to Drive.

For example, all my teaching and work documents are stored on my Google Drive. That means I can access them from any computer with a internet connection and also link them to Angel or share them across the web. I even store many of my freelance graphic design projects in my Google Drive. This way it is backed up in the cloud and I can work on it anywhere.

Eight Good Reasons for Instructors and Students to Us Google Drive

  1. Always have your files with you
  2. No more corrupt or lost USB drives
  3. No more compatibility issues (.doc, .docx, etc.)
  4. Work collaboratively and share documents with Angel, the web, and students
  5. You can still export and download google docs as PDF or Word files
  6. Work on your docs from any computer with internet access
  7. Have a safe secondary backup of your docs, loose a HD, not your data
  8. Because the cloud is the future of computing

What is Google Drive

Fantastic Google Drive Resource

Fantastic Google Drive Resource

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As usual, Richard Byrne over at freetech4teachers.com has put together a fantastic resource for how to setup and use Google Drive. This is a great free ebook that would help teachers and educators alike.

Here is the doc embedded, but you can also see more over here.

Google Drive Is Here

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Google Drive has finally be released. Didn’t know it was even coming, that could be because you aren’t glued to your computer like I am. :)

So what is Google Drive. It’s Goggle getting into cloud storage. With Google Drive you get 5 gig of space in the Googlesphere (is that a word) and can upload whatever you want using it as a hardrive in space, then share it and work collaboratively if you choose. Drive is also tied to your Google Docs account, in fact, it  actually replaces Google Docs. All your files will remain but now instead of being stored in Google Docs, its called Google Drive.

But the cool thing is, like with DropBox, you can syn all your Google Drive content on multiple machine by loading the Google Drive Application to your computer. This is great news. Say you need to edit a paper but do not have internet access…just head over to your Google Drive folder on your computer, and all your files are right there. Edit away, and then when you have internet access again, Google Drive will sync all versions of the file automatically.

So why use Drive and not just stick with DropBox or whoever you are using for cloud storage? One really powerful feature of Google Drive is that it employs Google Search when you are looking for something in your Google Drive. So you could search for a name and it will look through the files, the text in the files, or the names of the files. Very cool. Another reason I am thinking of migrating to Google Drive is that its a Google product. I work in what was Google Docs a lot, so this would allow me to move even more towards all my work and much of my personal content being in the cloud. Extra space is also cheap. For 30 bucks a year you can bump your account to 25gig, and in doing so Google gives you an additional 25gig for your mail account. As someone who gets a lot of large emails and is now using 30% of there Gmail storage, that’s another big draw. Lastly, this is Google. When someone with that much power enters a market things change, storage gets cheaper, more functions are delivered, and Google has the juice to do it.

The people over at Edumedic have one of the best how-to posts I’ve seen about Google Drive so far. Take a look for more info. 

Are you planning to use Google Drive, or switch from DropBox to Drive?

Google Docs…What to do.

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So I just read this interesting post and free ebook over on Freetech4teachers.com, about Google Docs. I respect the educator that runs the blog and so when I saw that he creates 90% of his documents in Google Docs, I started to ask myself if I should be using it more. Currently I use it very infrequently and really only to upload a file I may need to access somewhere else.

I do use DropBox quite a bit, but you don’t create content in DropBox, you just store it. Google docs lets you create papers, presentations, and even forms that can be used for simple tests that you can give your students. You can then share this content with others, or you can collaborate on it with whoever you invite.

So I decided to give it a trail run and use it exclusively for an upcoming summer mini I am teaching. I did start working on the syllabus in Word, but I just uploaded the paper to Google Docs, created a folder titled COM316, and edited the syllabus slightly to get the hang of the word processor in Google Docs. It was simple and easy.

So I’ll be creating all my assignments, presentations and whatever other digital handout I need directly in Google Docs and share them with my students in the Summer mini, which is an online class. If all goes well I’ll start using it for other classes and then maybe for all my word processing. There’s something nice about the file being right there when you need it, online, on any computer you have access to. True, you need to have internet access to get at your work, but I’m trying to remember when I was somewhere while I was working that I didn’t. The other benefit it that you can access your work through your Ipad or Ipod and update papers you are working on. No need to purchase and download Pages.

How do you use Google Docs?

 

 

Using Google Calenders in Angel

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If you are a big Google Calender user like I am and you want more flexibility for your course calenders in Angel, take a look at the video below. In a few simple steps you can create a calender in you Google calender account and then link it to Angel. So then you can easily update your course calenders while you are using your Google account, without needing to log into Angel.

Google Currents – All in one news app, very cool

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Google has rolled out Google Currents, a centralized location for Android and iOS users to get all their news and social media and the cool thing is 150 publishers have already signed up to display their wares. As of today Google Currents carries over 150 publishers, including Cool Hunting, MacLife, Forbes, Slate, CNET, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and PBS.

Users can flip their way though Currents stylish interface and find great full length articles from publishers that are currently on-board with Google Currents. But Currents doesn’t stop at print articles, publisher also include audio and video content that make using Currents a dynamic experience.

Another interesting option is Currents “Trending” function. As Currents is pulling in all these different news and entertainment stories it is analyzing them. It is trying to determine any trends that are forming in stories. When you hit the trending button it groups stories that Google sees as fitting a trend, or are hot, for that particular section of news. For example, while writing this, I pressed trends, and under the Trends-Technology heading I see the following headlines:

  • Apple rushing to finalize apps for iPad3 announcement
  • Tesla takes wraps off “falconwinged” Model X SUV
  • Google is Testing Wireless Entertainment Device
  • Window 8 bundled Metro apps reveled

This is a great app for anyone who likes to stay up on news and events from many different areas of interest. The interface is very cool and easy to use and the addition of multimedia content is great.

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In a blog post, Google said:

Ready for consumers
We’ve worked with more than 150 publishing partners to offer full-length articles from more than 180 editions including CNET, AllThingsD, Forbes, Saveur, PBS, Huffington Post, Fast Company and more. Content is optimized for smartphones and tablets, allowing you to intuitively navigate between words, pictures and video on large and small screens alike, even if you’re offline

To get started, simply download the app and choose the publications you want to subscribe to for free. You can also add RSS, video and photo feeds, public Google+ streams and Google Reader subscriptions you’re already following. In addition to consuming your favorite media, you can also use the trending tab to discover related content that matches your tastes.

We strive to give you beautiful and simple ways to experience all the content the web has to offer, such as sharing photos on Google+, watching YouTube videos and discovering books, movies and music from Android Market. Today we’re expanding our content offering with the introduction of Google Currents, a new application for Android devices, iPads and iPhones that lets you explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger.