How Google Drive is Useful as a Student

In a previous blog post, I discussed how to use Google Drive so that you do not lose your discussion posts in Sakai. In this post, I provide a breakdown of the different options available to you in Google Drive and how this tool could be helpful to you as a student.

To use Google Drive, please go to the following page. You have the option of uploading a desktop version or simply using it through your Gmail account.

Upon signing into your account, you will be referred to a page resembling the screenshot below:


In the top left-hand corner, select the red-button word “Create”. Upon selecting that, you will be shown a variety of options (e.g. “Folder”, “Document”, “Spreadsheet”). Select the “Folder” option and you will be directed to the following screen.

Make sure to name your folder (e.g. after a class, PSY 113) so that you can reference it later. Below I list the other Google Drive options available and how they may be useful to you in your courses.


You may have several documents that you want to separate into different folders for easy access.  For instance, if you are enrolled in PSY 113, HIS 150, BIO 112, and SOC 100, you may want a different folder for each class.


A Google Docs looks very similar to a standard Microsoft Word document. There are some things you will not be able to do in a Google Doc, yet it will provide an accessible way for you to write and save your discussion posts, for example.


Google Slides look very similar to standard Microsoft Powerpoint presentations. The nice thing about doing presentations here is that if you are working in a group, you can edit the presentation at the same time even if you are not in the same room! I have used Google Slides for many group projects, and have found it to be extremely useful.


Google Sheets look very similar to standard Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Again, this can be useful when working with others or even to organize your own materials.


Google Forms are useful as they allow you to ask a question and collect responses from others.  For instance, if you are trying to plan a study group meeting time, you might ask your group when are the best times for them to meet. Rather than texting everyone back and forth, you can just collect all of the responses and all come to an agreement on the best time.


Google Drawings is similar to a “Paint” function. This could be potentially useful for making flyers or other creative materials.


I hope this post helped you see how you could use Google Drive in your courses. Now feel free to explore Google Drive for yourself!


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