Part 2: Uploading and Managing Drive

Now that you have an understanding of cloud computing, let’s look at how a teacher can teach from the cloud. It requires a few fundamental changes in thought and practice.

First, you have to abandon Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and move to the Google Drive suite of tools. There are some features you might have to give up, but you are getting a few significant advantages in Google Drive, including:
  • Access your files from any device, anywhere, at any time
  • Collaborate on any document
  • Share and/or publish any document
  • Forms! Collect all sorts of information and data from students, other teachers, and the world
You can upload all those Office files you have been creating all these years to Google Drive. They can be converted so you can edit them in the future or keep them in their original format because Google Drive is also a file repository. While you are at it, you can upload images, videos, and PDFs. While Google searches pretty well, it would be a good idea to establish a good organizational system for all of your files - just like you had (or should have had) on your Mac and PC.