6 – Google Docs/Drive

In 2019 the same position as in 2018

Google Docs is used to create documents, Google Sheets for spreadsheets, and Google Slides for slidesets  – individually or collaboratively.

Google Drive is the cloud storage service, where you can also up host other files.

Website: google.com/docs
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 6
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 8
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 3

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 6.   2017: 4    2016: 5     2015: 4     2014: 2       2013: 2
2012: 3    2011: 3    2010: 3     2009: 5     2008: 17     2007: 14


Comments from those who selected Google Drive/Docs as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

  • “Everything I write starts in Google Drive. Its still the easiest way to collaborate on materials with peers across locations and companies.” CLO, USA
  • “Collaborative document and resource management with the ease of a desirable interface” Manager of Product Development, USA
  • “Easy to use, free and makes collaboration possible. More lightweight than Microsoft Word, where ~75% of the features aren’t used by most users.” Learning Technologist, UK
  • “In education: to collect and share student works Docs: For education: define course project, outline each course and list points to make. And share for courses with other teachers to coordinate. Slides: To prepare the slides to present. Great for collaboration with other teachers for sale course and easy to share to students. Sheet: To calculate grade from multiple teachers and use ratios” Designer and Design Thinking Teacher & Coordinator, France
  • “Excellent collaborative space to work on documents. The comments feature is very useful and the fact it autosaves” Principal Lecturer, UK
  • “Great tool for collaboration, gathering surveys, sharing documents and files” Senior eLearning Designer and Developer, USA
  • “for sharing learning material” Head of Learning, Germany
  • “Collaboration, “cloud” for files – helps out in many situations” College Professor, Russia
  • “Best alternative storage space, free and can be used handily for personal, teaching, collaborative work.” Lecturer, Malaysia
  • “Use it for collaboration with colleagues” CEO, Netherlands
  • “For storing alot of my files and able to access them any time any where. It has a 15gb storage capacity now which is excellent.” L&D Manager, UK

How to use Google Docs, Slides, Sheets & Drive for Learning

Here you will find some basic guidance and links on how to use Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drive for teaching, training, learning and development.

At the bottom of each of the Tools pages there is a section How to use [the tool] for Learning. It provides basic guidance and links to resources on how to use the tool for teaching, training, learning and development.

To read these special sections you will need to be a registered user. Find out how to purchase access to ALL these special sections here and also pre-order the PDF How to use the Top 200 Tools for Learning.