Friday, March 6, 2015

HippoBytes HB130: Intro to Google Drive + Creating Slideshows for Blogs


This session focused on
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  • how to use Google's free service - Drive
  • how to create  slideshows for blogs

About Google Drive

Drive's storage space (30GB for Google Apps accounts and 15GB for Gmail accounts) allows you to store files online and access them anywhere using the cloud. It also gives you access to free web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets, and more.

Because files can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection, Drive eliminates the need to email or save a file to a USB drive. And because Drive allows you to share files, working with others becomes much easier.

✱  Note the difference between the old Google Drive interface and the new one
old Drive interface                                                                      new Drive interface


Why you would use Google Drive: 

Google Drive allows you to create...
  • Documents
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presentations
  • Forms, and.. 
  • Drawings
Among its many advantages are:
  • facilitating a collaborative learning and sharing classroom environment 
  • create a storage archive which is accessible from anywhere



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In the new Drive, click on the 'New' button to all the different file types

Creating Slideshows for Blogs




Picasa Web Albums is a free service from Google which can be used to store, edit, organize, and share your photos all online. Once images have been stored in a Picasa Web Album, they are then available to be imported into many other Google services including Google Documents, Presentations, and Sites.





Sign into Picasa web albums with your Google Apps/Gmail account, then click the 'Upload button' at the top of the window. You can either create a new album to upload your images into, or add the images to an existing album.

The left sidebar of the window provides you with options to set the visibility of your album. Once you have done that, you can generate the html code to insert into your blog or other Google file (Document, Slide, Drawing, etc.)

Useful Links

HB130 Session Notes give detailed guidelines on using Google Drive and its associated applications.



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