Search engine to hard drive

 by brandy williams and michaela baker

Google continues to stay on top as a billion dollar industry with its transformation into an app market and hard drive.

South Carolina students are required to have one computer credit to graduate high school. One computer class that is offered at Dutch Fork High School is Google Apps.

“Google Apps is a web based software that allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, etc. and that allows you to communicate and collaborate with others,” Career and Technology Education teacher Bill Robinson said.

Google Apps has unique customization tools as well that allow you to change your online and desktop settings.

“Google Apps can be customized; apps will be different for different businesses. The list is long; you can create blogs, group chats, presentations, websites, etc,” Career and Technology Education teacher Amanda Bonavilla said.

Google Apps/Drive has proven to be beneficial to teachers and students.

“Google Drive is beneficial because you can work on a document at home and access it at school, everyone can work on the same assignment at once but be in different locations, and everything automatically saves,” Bonavilla said.

Another benefit is that Google Drive has now updated to be a five gigabyte storage space.

“It’s plenty of space for storage, you never have to worry about it disappearing like a flash drive,” Bonavilla said.

In its transition, Google has also made communication between others easier.

“You don’t have to send out multiple emails to share your work with others, communication is easier and everything is just in a central place and overall this is a positive change for Google,” Bonavilla said.

While there are plenty of benefits, there are some drawbacks as well. There is limited file format (only 15 formats are supported), privacy isn’t always guaranteed even if documents are set to private, multiple folders can’t be synced, and media cannot be streamed to users’ smartphones.

“There aren’t many fonts offered in the documents and presentations, also with the presentations there aren’t many designs for the slides to pick from; the spreadsheet could use some improving, especially when it comes to the graphs and charts. While I like being able to communicate with others easier, I still prefer Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint,” Robinson said.

Two professional viewpoints. One says Google Drive and another says stay with Microsoft. If the benefits outweigh the drawbacks for one’s company, go for it.

 by brandy williams and michaela baker

Google continues to stay on top as a billion dollar industry with its transformation into an app market and hard drive.

South Carolina students are required to have one computer credit to graduate high school. One computer class that is offered at Dutch Fork High School is Google Apps.

“Google Apps is a web based software that allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, etc. and that allows you to communicate and collaborate with others,” Career and Technology Education teacher Bill Robinson said.

Google Apps has unique customization tools as well that allow you to change your online and desktop settings.

“Google Apps can be customized; apps will be different for different businesses. The list is long; you can create blogs, group chats, presentations, websites, etc,” Career and Technology Education teacher Amanda Bonavilla said.

Google Apps/Drive has proven to be beneficial to teachers and students.

“Google Drive is beneficial because you can work on a document at home and access it at school, everyone can work on the same assignment at once but be in different locations, and everything automatically saves,” Bonavilla said.

Another benefit is that Google Drive has now updated to be a five gigabyte storage space.

“It’s plenty of space for storage, you never have to worry about it disappearing like a flash drive,” Bonavilla said.

In its transition, Google has also made communication between others easier.

“You don’t have to send out multiple emails to share your work with others, communication is easier and everything is just in a central place and overall this is a positive change for Google,” Bonavilla said.

While there are plenty of benefits, there are some drawbacks as well. There is limited file format (only 15 formats are supported), privacy isn’t always guaranteed even if documents are set to private, multiple folders can’t be synced, and media cannot be streamed to users’ smartphones.

“There aren’t many fonts offered in the documents and presentations, also with the presentations there aren’t many designs for the slides to pick from; the spreadsheet could use some improving, especially when it comes to the graphs and charts. While I like being able to communicate with others easier, I still prefer Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint,” Robinson said.

Two professional viewpoints. One says Google Drive and another says stay with Microsoft. If the benefits outweigh the drawbacks for one’s company, go for it.

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