If you have a Google Docs account, the Google folks recently added a handy gadget that I think all teachers need to know about. And if you don’t have a Google Docs account . . . well . . . you should.
Basically the new feature allows you to store and share any sort of file online in your Google Docs account. Many of you have drives available to you on your school’s network. And they usually work great but if you’re away from your school network or simply want some off-site backup storage space, just think of this as your new Google Docs GDrive!
You can upload one or multiple files to Google Docs. Here’s how you do it:
- For spreadsheets: .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .csv, .tsv, .txt, .tsb
- For documents: .doc, .docx, .html, plain text (.txt), .rtf
- For presentations: .ppt, .pps
Files that you store but don’t convert can’t be larger than 250 MB each. You get 1GB of space but the Google Docs help page says you can buy extra space for $0.25 per GB.
6. You can always find your uploaded files under Items by type > Files on Google Docs front page.
When you open one of these stored files on your Docs list, you can choose to see a preview of the file, share the file, print it, or download it to your desktop.