Introduction

Imagine if your classroom went almost completely paperless; if you no longer had to worry about finding a clean copy of a worksheet from last fall or storing a year’s worth of lesson plans. When you save your files ‘in the cloud’ with Google Drive, you solve these problems and more!

When you store and access your files in the cloud, you can share documents via the web, reducing your need to print. And because cloud storage servers have built-in backup systems, you’ll never lose your work - even if your computer crashes. In this unit, we’ll learn what cloud storage is, how to create new files, and how to move existing documents into the cloud. We’ll also see how Classroom makes all of this quick and convenient.

What Will You Learn?

In this unit, you’ll learn:

  • How Google Drive can be used for your own cloud storage
  • How to upload documents to Google Drive
  • How to create documents within Google Drive
  • Tips for organizing your Google Drive
  • How to collaborate using Google Docs
  • Tips for using the Google Docs suite in your classroom
  • How Classroom works with Docs and Drive

If you already know this material, feel free to skip to the Unit Review at the end.

What Products Will We Cover?

Throughout this unit, we’ll be using these products. You don’t have to master them, but if you’ve never used them before, take a moment to get familiar with them. For help, click the icons below.

What Skills Will You Need?

Throughout this unit, we’ll ask you to do tasks that require the following skills. Don’t worry; we’ll show you where to learn each skill here AND again in each lesson.


Managing Folders in Google Drive

How to Upload Files in Google Drive

Using Classroom

Google Docs: Create

Google Docs: Share

Google Forms: Create

Google Forms: Response Destination

Google Forms: Send Your Form