Have you tried using Microsoft’s OneDrive in your classroom? Free online storage and also a collaborative space…

image Perhaps your school doesn’t use Microsoft Office 365 but you would like to have access to a cloud system that uses Microsoft so that you and your students can access and work on documents at home? This is where the free application Microsoft One Drive comes in. OneDrive is advertised as ‘One place for everything in your life’.

What is OneDrive?

Microsoft OneDrive is a online cloud system that you can join with a Microsoft account and immediately be allowed 5GB of free storage. Once there you’ll find that you can use all the Office programs as free web apps.


One can also download One Drive to one’s desktop or laptop which allows you the opportunity of seamlessly backing up and sharing digital files with students or others – pdfs, images, .docs, ppts, etc You can collaborate on files and create your desired sharing terms. It also can back up your personal photos, files, and more so that it’s all seamlessly available to you on any device at any time. So basically, OneDrive is like an extra hard drive that’s available from any of the devices you use – one that you don’t have to carry around with you! All you need is Internet access.

How to join OneDrive

Go to https://onedrive.live.com to sign up. This signing up will involve creating a Microsoft account. One Drive is available on all your devices.


Getting started with OneDrive

Take a look at this video just to help you find your way around.

You can addd files already on your PC to OneDrive by either copying them over or moving them from your PC. When you save new files, you can choose to save them to OneDrive so you can get to them from any device and share them with other people.

Classroom uses

  • One Drive is a way for the teacher to manage assignments and keep them together
  • It allows students access to online versions of apps, such as Word.
  • Students can manage the way they want to share documents when collaborating. 
  • You can upload or back up school photos and share them so that they are seamlessly available to all on any device at any time.
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