July 17, 2013

Google Drive & iWorks Products

I'm happy to report that Google Drive is playing well with the iPad now.  I'm not sure when this took effect, but one feature I've discovered is that certain applications now allow products to be opened "...in another app."

For example, we can now upload a Pages document (in Pages format as well as PDF and MS Word) to Google Drive.  This is good news for shared environments that require students come back to their work using Pages, Keynote or Numbers (AKA "iWorks").   When students are using iPads that will also be used by students next period (middle school or HS environments), the student has to save his/her work to ensure they can come back to it later and that other students don't tamper with their work.

Here's how to do this:

UPLOAD PAGES, KEYNOTE or NUMBERS DOCUMENT TO GOOGLE DRIVE.
1.  Open GOOGLE DRIVE app and log in (see images for details on how, if you are unfamiliar).










Enter your district email address and sign in WITHOUT the password.  This will redirect the login to the district site.

Log in normally.



2.  Now open your iWorks (Pages, Keynote or Numbers) and work on your document.  When finished, choose the TOOLS options (it looks like a wrench).   Choose SHARE & PRINT and then OPEN IN ANOTHER APP.




3.  Choose your format, depending on what you are doing with the document.





4.  Wait while your document is formatted.





5.  Now choose Google Drive.




5.  UPLOAD.



6.  You can make sure the document uploaded correctly by choosing UPLOADS on the left hand side of the screen.



ALWAYS REMEMBER:  Delete your work from the iPad and log out of GOOGLE DRIVE.  This is so that the next person doesn't tamper with the student's previous work or their personal Google account. 
 
WHEN YOU COME BACK TO WORK ON YOUR iWORKS DOCUMENT

You can now start work where you left off when you open your Google Drive and click on your document.  If it isn't in the UPLOADS tab, it will be in the RECENTS tab.  The screen below will be next.


Now, you can open your document in the appropriate app.




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