Using Google Drive

Unit: Google Apps - Lesson 2

Aim: Students will learn about Google Drive and backup files from their computers.

Do Now: Sit down quietly and log into your computer. (3 mins)

Vocabulary Words:

Backup: In information technology, a backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying and archiving of computer data

Cloud Storage:
Cloud storage is a cloud computing model in which data is stored on remote servers accessed from the Internet

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is a free service from Google that allows you to store files from your computer online and access them anywhere using the cloud. Google Drive also gives you access to one of Google's most popular services, Google Docs.

Google Docs is a free, web-based application for creating documents,spreadsheets, and more. In this lesson, you'll learn more about Google Drive and Google Docs and how the cloud can help you in your everyday life.

Take a look at this brief video about Google Drive:

This is Google Drive

How can I use Google Drive?

You can use Google Drive to store all of your files and information. With Drive you can back up documents, presentations, images and more. Think of drive as an online flash drive that you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection.

In order to use Google Drive, you need a Google Account. In lesson 1 we logged into our addresses for the first time. We can use this address to access not only Google Drive, but other Google services like Calendar, Docs and more.

Watch the video below to see how you can use Google Drive to back up your files.

Google Apps - Lesson 2 - Google Drive

Your Task:

Follow these steps to access Google Drive:

  1. Go to
  2. On the top right hand corner click: Sign In
  3. Enter your @sunsetparkprep login ID
  4. Enter your password
  5. Click on the 9 tiny squares on the top right hand side which are next to your account name.
  6. Click "Drive"
  7. Backup your files from your computer to Google Drive. After you do this you will have access to these files from any device with Internet access.

Next Steps / Homework

After you have successfully backed up your files, install Google Drive onto your own personal device (example: iPhone, iPad, Android). Log into the Google Drive app using your information. Once logged in you should be able to see all of your files from your device. Explore the app and write down any questions you would like to discuss in class.