7 – Google Docs & Drive

DOWN 1 place in 2020

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 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 11
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 10
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 4

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 from some of those who selected Google Docs & Drive nas one of their top tools

“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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