6 – Google Docs & Drive

UP 1 place in 2021

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

Ranking on the 2021 sub-lists

Top 150 Tools for
Personal Learning: 9
Top 150 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 10
Top 150 Tools for
Education: 2

Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 7 2019: 6 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 on Google Docs & Drive in 2021

“I found it hard to leave Microsoft Word behind, but the ability to simultaneously work in a joint document is just so nice” Stefan Drenth, Content Creator, Netherlands

“Collaborative work; seamless upload and integration with other apps and programs; prevents tech excuses” Associate Professor, USA

“Docs is my ‘go to’ for writing and sheets for managing data. Lots of helpful, time-saving addins worth checking out depending on what you’re working on.” Mike Taylor, Consultant, USA

“Our team lives on Google Docs. As a collaborative virtual team, we can effortlessly share documents and integrate them with all our other tools seamlessly. In my role as Learning and Development Manager, I do a lot of writing and client relations work. I love how Google Docs makes it so easy to share documents internally and externally, and track versions, edits, and suggestions touched by several people.” Lauren Westcott, L&D Manager, USA

“Still the best for collaborative writing if formatting is needed. Use at university is also possible, just make sure that no sensitive data are shared/used.” Andrea Ghoneim, eDeveloper & support for digital teaching, Austria

“it’s still perfect for collaborative student activities if you need them to collaborate with ideas, concepts or similar activities” Lecturer, Lithuania

“Google Drive: The place to save everything and have access to it anytime you want on any laptop or computer.” JP, E-Learning Specialist, Suriname

“Google Sheets: Analysis of research data” Mags Almond, Researcher, Ireland

“Google Slides: I do all the interactive presentations in this tool, I adore it” Regina Vukasović, Biology and chemistry teacher, Croatia

“Google Slides is on my list at number two because you can do so much with it. I have created study guides linked to other websites or videos for students to learn from. I have shared the presentation for all students to edit and assign each student a slide to collaborate on. There are many possibilities when using Google Slides. Interactive lessons for students to work at their own pace are something I would like to try in the future.” Darren Vance, Middle School Math teacher, USA

“For Live Audiences/Presentations – Google slides has a built-in QR code generator, slide recorder allows for inserting videos quicker. Interact with the audience with Q&A which allows them to ask questions and get answers.” Linda-Jo Graham, Quality Assurance Consultant, USA

“IMO still the best way of making a collaborative slide show. Use at university is also possible, just make sure that no sensitive data are shared.” Andrea Ghoneim, eDeveloper & support for digital teaching, Austria

Previous comments

“A common tool for easy co-creation of content with colleagues or clients. Also supports collaborative planning for projects (sheets, for instance).” Catherine Shinners, Advisor, Consultant, USA, 2020

“I was going to put MS Word in here, and I do use it a lot, but over the last year I’ve found Docs to be a lot more useful, if for no other reason than that I can easily share documents in progress. As a result, I’ve put a lot of my research activities up on Docs and you can see as I putter away at various projects over time.” Stephen Downes, Canada, 2020

“Google Slides: Best web-enabled presentation Best embeddable presentation Multiple variations on link variables serve up slide deck especially for certain needs” Tonya V Thomas, Principal/Chief Effectiveness Officer, USA, 2020

“Google Slides: Creating hyperdocs or digital notebook for sharing.” Eunice, Adlut Educator, Singapore, 2020

“Google Sheets: Best online concurrent collaboration Rearrange columns/rows with drag/drop that Excel still doesn’t do Clean, simple, not overblown like Excel” Tonya V Thomas, Principal/Chief Effectiveness Officer, USA, 2020

“Google Drive: The file organization that rules all cloud-based platforms. Free and safe.” Jared, Visual Art Educator, USA, 2020

Google Drive: This is my go-to for storage. I literally store nothing on my laptop’s hard drive, but everything is located in the Drive so that it can be accessed anywhere. The offline work feature is a lifesaver when I may be somewhere with limited access to wifi. Overall, this is an excellent one-stop tool to organize myself with.” Librarian, 2020

“I can store any type of document on Google Drive and share it with others. The multiple sharing formats is helpful too (view only, suggest, or edit). It is also nice to be able to access the stored files from any device” Teacher, 2020

“Everything I write starts in Drive.” JD, LearnGeek, Canada

Quick Guide to Google Docs & Drive

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.

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