Those lovely folk at ETML have gathered a selection of some of the best educational Google Drive apps to use in your instruction. All of these apps have been covered in separate ETML review posts in the past, and are judged to be among the most popular among teachers and educators based on the feedback they received.
1. Save to Google Drive
“This extension allow you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right clicking and selecting ‘Save to Google Drive’. You can save the currently viewed page using the ‘Save to Google Drive’ browser action.”
MindMeister is a very good tool students can use to create mindmaps and brainstorm complex topics. Mind maps can include a wide variety of multimedia including: text, images, icons, links, and attachments. It also supports offline editing and syncing. Mind maps can be exported to Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and in the form of an image.
GeoGebra (www.geogebra.org) is free dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Interactive learning, teaching and evaluation resources created with GeoGebra can be shared and used by everyone at tube.geogebra.org.
DocHub is anther excellent Google Drive tool for filling, editing, and signing PDFs. Compared with similar tools out there in Chrome web store, DocHub is way easier and simpler to handle. You can use it for a variety of purposes including: signing PDFs, highlighting text, inserting images, commenting and adding pages to PDFs and many more.
WeVideo is good app to use for editing videos. With WeVideo you can import media files you have stored on Drive, Dropbox and edit them the way you want. You can trim clips, split long clips into smaller ones, insert text for titles and captions in different languages, record voice-overs, add professional themes to your videos, add music, transitions and many more.
6. Pixlr Express
“Pixlr Express is a fun and powerful photo editor that lets you quickly crop, resize, and fine-tune any picture, all in a completely ad-free experience. Choose from over 2 million combinations of free effects, overlays, and borders to further personalize your images. Pixlr Express makes you look like a pro, even if you’ve never edited a photo before.”
“Powtoon is a video animation software and a presentation animation software. You can easily create a simple animated video and then convert it into an animated presentation!”
8. RealtimeBoard: Whiteboard for Collaboration
“RealtimeBoard is your online whiteboard for visual team collaboration. Add pictures, mockups, drawings, videos, sticky notes, office documents and Google Drive files on an endless canvas, discuss it with your colleagues, and enjoy the smoothest real time visual collaboration without emails.”
9. Drive Template Gallery
You can use the Google Drive Template Gallery to create your document, spreadsheet, presentation, or form. Whether you need a resume and cover letter, an invoice, a birthday card, or any of a wide variety of templates, our gallery can help you get your doc started. After connecting this app to Google Drive you will be able to access the Google Apps Template Gallery directly from the “Create” menu inside Google Drive.
10. Lucid Chart
Lucidchart is an HTML5-based visual collaboration tool that makes drawing diagrams fast and easy. Work together with an unlimited number of others to create and edit diagrams in real time, with changes merged and synced instantaneously – great for team collaboration.