Cloud computing is widely used in educational settings. It allows you to use files and applications over the Internet. Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence over a network. You might have used it but didn't realize that you are working with cloud computing. This workshop will demonstrate some of its usages with Google Docs functions.

Google Drive vs. Dropbox, SkyDrive

 Google Drive

  1. 5 GB storage for free
  2. Open up to 30 kinds of files right inside your browser
  3. Open Photoshop files even if you don’t have Photoshop on your computer
  4. Google will scan the images for text and make them searchable
  5. Offers drag-and-drop syncing functions and allow you to pick which folders inside Drive you want to sync from within the desktop app
  6. A build-in document editor on par with Microsoft’s online Office suite
  7. It launches on the web, for Mac, Windows, and Android devices
  8. Use Drive with only one Google account


  1. 2 GM free storage space
  2. No-brainer to use
  3. It allows groups to share files
  4. No limitation for the file format to share
  5. the most developer-friendly storage/syncing platforms that apps can leverage to help you access your data everywhere
  6. Can be accessed on the web and on your computer
  7. You earn 500 MG each time when you introduce a new user

Sky Drive

  1. 7 GB free storage space
  2. SkyDrive really excels at syncing documents created using OneNote and other Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  3. It allows you to edit and create documents within your browser
  4. It lets you share public links, view-only private links, and view/edit private links
  5. Currently there is no sharing from the Mac app and you cannot download items for offline viewing on all mobile platforms

Click the following links to view the tutorials and some instructional strategies for the common cloud computing tools.