Google Drive is already one of the best cloud storage services around, and last week it got even better— that is if you’re using a Google Apps for Education (GAfE) account. In an effort to further enhance its commitment to education, Google is offering both educators and students unlimited Drive storage at no cost. As far as we can tell, unlimited means just that for as long as you have that GAfE account. There is one small caveat though – you are “limited” to a single file size of 5TB. I don’t think I even have a total of 5TB of storage in the many files I do hoard, let alone a single file of that size.
Let there be no doubt the strategy from the search giant to build their user base by getting people hooked on ubiquitous access at a young age.
Something that we should all think about beyond the ever present talk about privacy issues, which are both ongoing and debunked is: What happens to your files when you leave an EDU organization?
Since our students may move from district to district, and will eventually graduate – what’s your plan for data portability and to help them take their digital artifacts with them? Google has a relatively unknown utility which allows anyone to make a backup of most of their Google product files, to include Drive data. Formerly called Google Takeout, now Data Tools – this service creates a downloadable .ZIP file of your content.
Having a statement on data portability might be a great addition to your student handbook and might be a good topic for a short staff professional development topic.
If you ever have any questions about your organization’s Google Apps for Education accounts, please feel free to contact the expert Kent ISD Educational Technology Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org – We’re always willing to provide professional learning for you and your staff around technology integration into the classroom.