I have always liked the flexibility of the iPad in the classroom, particular as a teacher device. However, one of the problems was how to transfer content, especially video and images. Although the ability to connect the iPad to different computers to transfer information has definitely come along way, the need to connect still seems a little dated. It is fine if you have a Mac providing you the ability to easily transfer files, those using Windows are limited. Google’s move to incorporate Google Photos within Google Drive has changed that. Here then is a guide to using Google Photos to easily share across various devices and platforms.
Download Google Photos App: The first thing that you need to do is download the new Google Photos app. This is available on both the iPad and the iPhone. There is the option of limited full resolution images or unlimited standard resolution. However, with Google Apps, this is not a concern. Be aware though that the initial sync can take some time.
Collect Content: Whether it be taking photos of student work, recording students read, videoing a skill or creating a movie using a separate application like Adobe Voice, as long as the content is saved to the camera roll then it can be transferred.
Sync with the Cloud: Once connected to wifi, open up the application. It will simply start syncing the content to the cloud. To me, Google Photos just adds to the growing range of applications allowing for offline use. See Brett Sinnett’s post for more ideas and information.
Google Drive: Once complete, the content will then be located as a folder within Google Drive. In order to access this content on the computer, you will need to download Google Drive application. Like Dropbox, it will add a folder to your computer and will continually sync in the background.
So what about you? Have you used Google Photos? How have you found it? If not, what process do you use? As always, comments welcome.