Google unveils Drive for Education

Drive for Education is an academic version of the popular storage service for use with the Google Apps for Education suite.

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Google has added another product to its education-based arsenal: a tailored cloud storage service called Drive for Education.

The tech giant said Tuesday that the academic version of its online storage solution can be used with Google Apps for Education and boasts unlimited storage with transfer support for files up to 5TB in size. In addition, the cloud storage system includes reporting and auditing tools, as well as encryption both from the device and between Google data centers to keep files safe.

Drive for Education will also be bolstered by Google Apps Vault, a compliance-based tool which will be arriving to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year.

Dubbed a modern "bookbag" by Google, the free cloud storage service aims to replace books, paper and folders dragged about by students. As part of the Google Apps for Education suite, students and educators will be able to manage projects seamlessly. For example, a teacher could assign an essay through one app, and students could complete and upload their work through Drive.

Google Classroom, part of the Google Apps for Education suite, has been in a pilot phase for most of the year but was opened up to teachers  in August. This tool allows teachers to assign and collect student projects, as well as communicate with them safely outside of the classroom.

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Google says:

"We want educators and students who use Google Apps for Education to be able to focus on the learning experience -- not the technology that supports it. With Drive for Education, users can put an end to worries about storage limits and more easily maintain a safe, effective and compliant learning environment."

In related news , Google is considering a new service which would allow children under the age of 13 to own Google+ accounts. According to reports, the tech giant is considering a number of solutions which would give parents control over such accounts -- including interactive dashboards, a family-friendly YouTube, and a requirement for those signing up through mobile devices to reveal their age.

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