I was helping a teacher this morning who was using google drive with her students. The goal was to get the students to upload photos of their artwork to a folder in Google drive so that everybody could have access. The students would then choose one of her peers’ images, download it to her iPad and comment on it, then upload the feedback to the folder. During this process, we were wondering if it wouldn’t be simpler for students to create a google doc, paste the image in it and then add it back to the folder. That way they wouldn’t really have to leave the app.
As soon as we tried to create a new document in Google drive we received this message:
Oh yeah. Separate Google docs app. Okay then. So we downloaded the app and tried to paste an image into it. Nope. Google docs is just as minimal as it was when it was all in one place:
Those features that you see are pretty much all you get. No hyperlinking, no adding images. No fancy formatting.
I have to admit to being a little confused by the necessity to have a separate app for document creation – it is like building a whole mall for one little coffee booth…
Still, if you want to create a google doc on your iPad, you will now have to download the new app. Maybe they are planning on making it better? Maybe more features are on their way? I am going to err on the side of optimism here and give them the benefit of the doubt.