If you’re a long-time computer user, you may remember saving a school project or resume on one of these guys . . .
First came floppy…
Or, if you’re a bit newer to the computer scene, one of these?
Then came flash…
Flash drives are great for keeping important documents close at hand for easy access (as long as you keep up with them!) And, they are still the best way to send copies of your resume to prospective employers since you can’t save files to our library computers.
Now the cloud??? (LINK)
But, if you just need a way to create, save, and print documents on the go, Google Drive is definitely worth looking into. In fact, if you have a Gmail email address you already have access to Google Drive! If you don’t have a Gmail/Google account it is really easy to register for one. Note: a mobile phone number is NOT required.
It’s time to drive!
What is it? And what can I do with it?
Upload photos, videos, documents, and other files that are important to you to Google Drive. Get going with up to 15GB of storage. Free.
Google Drive is a cloud-based product that you can use to create documents, slides, and spreadsheets similar to what you can create using Microsoft Office. One of the best reasons to use Google Drive here in the library is that it saves your work as you go so you don’t have to worry about losing all of your work!
Over on their blog, the Google Drive team has shared some ways that students (and teachers) can use Google Drive in the classroom. Students can:
- Collaborate on group projects
- Create slideshows for class presentations
- Create forms to collect and organize information.
Another resource: Many of the public school are offering a Cloud-based portal for students to store and save files for their schoolwork and you can check with your school to find out if this is available.
The best way to get started with Google Drive is to just log on and play around. Create a resume, start a novel, whatever you’d like to do just give it a shot and see where it takes you. Google Drive is also available as an app for most smartphones and you can create and share things on the go as well!