Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Google Drive Arrives Today

I've always loved Google Apps and have used the Google Docs with my colleagues and students. Storage space is limited to 2GB, so when I read about the new Google Drive which was introduced today, I was very happy. Here's some of its great features:

  • 5GB storage (Free account)
  • Upload and share your files, which can include videos, photos, PDF's etc.
  • Google Docs are built into Google Drive, so accessing your files is easy
  • Share and collaborate with others
  • Google Drive can be installed on your PC or Mac at home
  • Download the app for your Android phone (iPhone app is in the works...)
  • Google drive is able to identify OCR, (optical character recognition) which means any scanned text can be recognized in a search. (You can't edit the text)
  • If you are looking for increased storage space, you can upgrade to  25GB/month, ($2.49) 100GB, ($4.99/month) or 1TB for $49.99/month.
Here's a video overview of Google Drive:

4 comments:

  1. I'm curious to hear your thoughts about Google's Terms of Service. Through the ToS, Google is basically claiming ownership rights (use, duplicate, make derivative use of, publish, etc) to everything you upload to their service, even if you later discontinue using the service.

    From an educational standpoint, what do you think the impact of this will be to our curricula and our students' work?

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    1. You make a very good point, Jim. When Google says that we own our work, yet they can choose to "do what it wants" with it, does not not encourage me to upload anything that is extremely private. I located an article on ZDNet which talks about the terms of Google Drive(http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/how-far-do-google-drives-terms-go-in-owning-your-files/75228) I really need to investigate this further, as many schools are using Google Apps for Education and saving on their server. I appreciate you bringing this to my attention. To be continued....

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  2. By the way, I should stop and say that I find your blog to be fascinating and educational. Thanks for everything you have done to further educator's understanding of the technology that is available for use.

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    1. Thank you, Jim. Glad you appreciate the blog!

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