Assess: Google Drive & AppsMobile Collaboration OER
Google Drive is a cloud-based storage system that allows you to keep for free up to 15MB of storage; storage may be photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, files, videos, etc. The content is accessible from any device including tablets, and smart-phones. The types include are Android and Apple. The Drive permits individuals to work synchronously and asynchronously without ever losing data, and the information stored is always online. Users have the option of using different tools within the Google Drive, such as Google Forms and Google Drawings (which allow the layout of diagrams, flowcharts) and embedding them into websites, or somewhere within the Google document in use.
Pros & Cons
Pros: The Drive allows multiple files to be stored and embedded, and users have the option of working online or offline. You may see various versions of the same document for revision, and the Drive also lets people work seamlessly from work and home between their accounts. You can quickly and easily search for documents and files usually come up rapidly, so accessing is very easy. It has an additional feature called Google Vault, which enables search across all content in Drive, and may prepare it for export. The Drive allows for real-time collaboration, and additional features such as connecting with customers, and partners via HD video, voice or text is a handy tool.
Cons: Access to the Drive is only available through a Google account, and if users do not want to sign up they have no access. In addition, the documents do not differentiate user activity, and many time different colours or notes need to be placed in the Drive to suggest that certain users are editing materials. The Drive also lacks the functionality of full program Word processing, image editing, and presentation software, despite the fact that files may be viewed. The internal software for editing files is not the most advanced.
The Drive is best used as a storage device for multiple user needs. It permits users to edit information quickly and easily and information is always saved. It is best used when users need to collaborate with written, visual or auditory information on a platform. In addition, it acts a cloud storage much like other devices, Dropbox, etc. to hold information and files.