5 – Google Docs/Drive

DOWN 1 place

Google Docs is used to create documents, Sheets for spreadsheets, Slides for slidesets  – individually or colllaboratively. Google Drive is the cloud storage service, where you can also up host other files.

Website Cost Availability
 www.google.com/docs Free Online
Past Overall Rankings
2015: 4 2014: 2 2013: 2 2012: 3 2011: 2 2010: 3 2009: 5 2008: 17 2007: 24
Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2016 Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning 2016
Top 100 Tools for
Education 2016
9 4 2

Comments from those who selected Google Drive/Docs as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2016

Easy to use, collect data and can be used as assessment tool too” Amutha Navomoney, 2016

“I use Google Docs mostly for real-time student to student collaboration. They can work on an assignment together on two separate devices, this has been a great addition to my classroom. Not to mention, it makes signing up for projects, or giving quick feedback a breeze.  I use Google Slides in my classroom occasionally for a teacher lead lab, or discussion, but mostly use it for students to collaborate on a presentation or project. They can all be working on it at the same time, so it cuts out one person doing all the work and creates an environment where all students are engaged.” Stephanie Martin, Primary/Secondary (K12) Teacher, USA

“One of my personal goals is to rid our office of sending file attachments via email. Google Docs is a dead simple way to avoid the maddening challenge of keep track of which version is the right one and never having to merge edits from multiple people ever again.” Mike Taylor, USA

“Google Slides: Instructor led training, collaboration on document. Google Docs Job aids and performance support, collaboration on document.” Louise Puddifoot, L&D Manager, UK

“These are my two default tools for basic, everyday document and spreadsheet creation and sharing. And their functionality for larger, more complex projects rival Word and Excel.” L&D Advisor, USA

“Great way to collaborate and share information.” Matthew Mason, e-learning developer, USA

“Use this for managing projects , co-ordinating and collaborating” Joe Wilson, Consultant, Scotland

“Google drive replaced my computer: my files are safe and can be accessed fro any device. Google docs is very useful to me and my students as they can create files, share them and get real time feedback.” Rose Ngacha, Primary/Secondary (K12) Teacher, USA

“Best document collaboration.” Alexander Roche, Educational Technologist, Australia

“I use this in college classes to facilitate group work and virtual jigsaws. Each student is assigned a cell. Each group of 4 is assigned a culminating question/cell. I use this also in reviews. Each student is assigned a question/cell, and also another students cell to peer edit or give feedback.” Arlene Corrigan, University/College Teacher, Canada

“promotes collaboration in real time during workshops and conferences, with resulting documents serving as detailed minutes. Great way to pre-load documents for participants that they can access as needed” Kathy Berry, Consultant, USA

“Cloud storage area that works on line and off line.” Marquita Poinsetta, Trainer/Instructor, USA

“I use this little dude to share my documents safely and securely. No drama. To share my files and back up my documents in case my computer dies. How did i live without this app?” Olusegun Adegboyega-Edun, e-learning developer, USA

“Very useful for storing PDFs and retrieving/sharing them quickly. Works really well on tablets and I like being able to annotate documents.” Stephen Gosney, L&D Manager, UK

“I know it’s heresy in some corners, but I like Drive over Dropbox. Its integration with other Google tools and its totally free pricing synch it for me. I will say that Microsoft’s OneDrive is a major contender, IMHO.” L&D Advisor, USA

“Easy in use. All in one to make exercises, analytics, sharing with students. Usefull additional apps” B Smitters, Primary/Secondary (K12) Teacher, Netherlands

Previous comments

“This is where students and teachers create docs and designs at school and then finish them at home if necessary” Theresa Corpus, 2015

“Google Docs/ Drive – classroom and school wide sharing and assignments. Docs and Drive are easy to use. However, I still question the privacy of the information. Until there is a way to assure that Google does not have access to all information, there are still downfalls. All it takes is one hack. I am concerned about security but still use this tool.” Virginia Goen, 2015

“For everyday collaboration and transparent cooperation, these have become my go-to tools. There is a lot of room for improvement, but their wide acceptance makes them very useful.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“This tool enable signals me to collaborate with others on documents. More Over, I can access important resources on every device I use. I use Google Forms to identify opinions of participants in workshops” Wilfred Rubens, 2015

“Google docs for sharing with team members” Roger Mundell, 2015
“Google Forms; create questionaires and quizzes” Wiebe Dijkstra, 2015
“Google Slides – I use it to embed parts of lessons in an online course. So seamless in our LMS!” Jennifer Smith, 2015
“Google Slides for internal trainings (remote teams)” Ellen Schuurink, 2015
“Google Drive – materials for school, documents and collaboration” Andreas Hofer, 2015
“Google Docs/Drive: collaborative document management with colleague and students” 2015
“Google Drive:Manage digital resources for administrative and learning activities” Santiago González Chávez, 2015
“I use drive to host my videos and students submit lab reports using Docs.” Olivia Seger, 2015
“esp. Forms to collect responses” Louisa van der Linden, 2015

“Google Forms –  I am making all my quizzes this year in Forms and grading with Flubaroo. Google Google Slides – I use this in lecture and students use to create” 2015

“versatility” Danny Ortegon, 2014

“It didn’t take long to realize how cloud storage could help me organize my work and assignments. Combine that with an integrated and free office suite clone, and you have another one of my top tool picks.” Rob Wiltbank, 2014

“using this more this year since involvement with edcontexts.org – cloud based, ubiquitous nature of google docs enables us to easily share drafts, co-write, and review proposed posts and ideas.” Tanya Lau 2014

“to share common content” Dr Tushar Maniar, 2014
“Google forms – for collecting learner feedback” 2014
“collaborative development space” JD Dillon, 2014

“The ability to create and share folders, presentations, and more makes this a great portfolio repository, 2014
Google Forms: have your forms autograded with the Flubaroo script. Same script will also send an email to all students with their results (as long as you ask for their email addresses as one of the form questions). A great new option in the form: embed video in the form. This is wonderful for teachers, who can now have the video and questions about the video in the same place. You can also do this with Educanon.” Nicole Naditz, 2014

“default collaborative tool set” 2014
“best for real time student collaboration” 2014

“In my translation classes (German/Spanish and English/Spanish) for sharing suggestions and corrections, and for work in groups and pairs too” 2013
“The collaboration suite of the year!” Naomi Harm, 2013
“fast and easy way to creat and collaborate”  Danny Ortegon, 2013
“Online collaboration has never been easier”  Shakir Ahmad, 2013
“share documents with students/colleagues. Work in real time on projects”  Debra Lee, 2013
“as an office suite for producing collaborative texts, presentations”
“online, live, collaboration makes it easy to collaborate with others”  Zifang Su, 2013
“Where I have everything…”  Debra Robinson, 2013
“for writing and sharing” Sam Oakley, 2013
“It began with a love of Google Forms. Now I am using Google Drive for nearly everything”  Tim Childers, 2013
“Collaborative and sharing documents, it is increasingly becoming an important tool for me.  Mark Rollins, 2013
“easiest of sharing methods” Robin Long, 2013
“wonderful cross-platform sharing tool for working in groups” 2013
“Use this product for a multiple of tasks and the collaborative aspects and ease of use” Christina Carboni, 2013
“allows for creation of content, accessibility, and sharing”  Shannon Bosley, 2013
“for accessible, synchronous, collaborative work to connect online and f2f classes in blended format)” Lyra Hilliard, 2013


“the best to share/ do documents quickly” Maria de los Angeles Castro

“students submit work this way; surveys throughout the class; class brainstorming on a shared document; gradebook simulations on spreadsheets, etc.; too wonderful for words” Sarah Davis

“brilliant tool for collaboration and sharing” Jane Challinor

“So useful for collaborative working on docs, spreadsheets or for booking forms online. Great and free.” Rob Hubbard

“I use Google Docs for documents and spreadsheets, which I can easily share or publish. I use Forms to easily create surveys and bring the data into the spreadsheets. I also use it to get distance learners to collaborate.” Brian Mulligan

“A free utility that enables you to work collaboratively with others on wordprocessed or spreadsheet documents as well as visual presentations. The GREATEST tool is the form tool that enables you to create forms that are posted on the web. As users enter the data, it appears immediately in your spreadsheet.” Leigh Zeitz

“A realistic alternative to ‘traditional’ Office application suites. The ability to collaborate makes Google Docs a winner.” Karl Goddard