Chromebooks were built for the web. They are efficient machines that take full advantage of GSuite apps. Sometimes as Chromebook users we find ourselves without internet access - this is when the device’s offline capabilities become handy. Google Drive is just one of the GSuite apps available offline, and with a few steps we can enable students to work when WiFi is unavailable.
Chromebooks: Make Google Drive Available Offline
The Chromebook syncs your most recently opened documents, so they can be made available without an internet connection. To work on a document, open Drive and click on the document. You will notice a small lightning bolt icon near the title of the document - this lets you know you are working offline. Changes to the file will be synced the next time your Chromebook connects to the Internet.
It is important to know that Google Classroom is NOT available offline. Most students and teachers use this app to manage assignments, so be aware of what you can and can’t do without access.
Dana Lane is a Technology Coordinator, and Kristy Graham is an Instructional Technology Specialist - both at Rivercrest School District. They are passionate about technology and learning and enjoy sharing this passion with teachers and students.