As a place to store digital books and notes, Google is calling Drive as a backpack for the 21st century. Now it is making that backpack infinitely large as it announces Drive for Education, which gives students and educators an unlimited amount of cloud storage, along with the usual advertised benefits of Google’s cloud solution.
By bringing the cloud storage wars to schools, Google is trying to address a market that will definitely have a use for such an unlimited amount of storage space more than your run of the mill mobile or computer user. Schools and teachers will be able to store almost all their digital files for easier access, sharing, and distribution, including media files that could reach 5 TB in size. On the flip side, students will no longer have any excuse for lost homework either.
Aside from storage, Google is touting other benefits that come with storing academic files on their cloud. Google Apps Vault makes it easy to archive and search files, both for end-users and for legal compliance. Google Drive also offers easy auditing, giving teachers a better overview of the activities to files and folders. And then there’s the encryption of files, both in transit and at rest on Google’s servers. Throw in the new Classroom feature for Apps for Education and you’ve got an all-in-one solution for organizing homework and files.
Google Drive for Education will be available in the coming weeks completely free of charge for Google Apps for Eduction customers. And while Apps for Education itself is also free of charge, it is only available to accredited K-12 and higher non-profit educational institutions, subject to Google’s appraisal and approval.