Upload Whole Folders into Google Docs

Google Docs is increasingly becoming a powerful file management tool with many new ways of uploading. It is very important as you upload more files to use tags and folders (color coding is great) to keep things organized.

  1. Folder Upload lets you upload whole folders to Google Docs.
  2. Optical Character Recognition option for images. This means that the text in your images will become searchable but also editable. So, that old letter your school uses from 10 years a go doesn't have to be retyped. Tip: Always check OCR converted docs. Sometimes text doesn't convert properly.
  3. Drag and Drop Upload using Chrome, Safari, and Firefox on the PC or Mac.

What Happens if I run out of Space?
Of course, Google is selling additional space for $.25 a GB should you run out of your 1GB of free storage that comes with Google Docs. This still isn't as easy as dropbox but for most purposes for my students it is helpful.

If you use Google Docs or support it, you must follow the Google Doc blog

Recommended Uses
Set up folders of commonly used files at school. But remember, once they are there, if you use Google Apps for domains you can turn them into templates that you share with your school. Templates are very useful and keep people from editing the original.

Teach students to keep a copy of their term paper or other important document backed up in a backup folder on Google Docs.

Google Doc Upload Step by Step Instructions

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Suzie Nestico April 28, 2011 - 10:53 pm

Glad this post just popped up in my ‘Buzz’. I’ve looked around but can’t find a clear-cut answer. Does Westwood run the free Google Apps for Ed. private domain or are you doing this is your regular version of Google Docs? I’ve looked in both of mine and can only see the option in my regular Google account, NOT Google Apps. for Edu. Of course, this would be really nice to have within the education apps suite. Wonder if this option will be available there, too.

coolcatteacher April 29, 2011 - 12:13 am

We are on google apps for domains but I have turned on all these features. Google apps for domains has had big upgrades in the last 6 weeks. Your admins have to log in and enable.

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Suzie Nestico April 29, 2011 - 1:47 am

Thanks. Our admin. will be thrilled when I ask for it in the morning.

Toni Olivieri-Barton April 29, 2011 - 2:29 am

Vicki – You do amaze me. I love this post. Thanks for always sharing with us.

coolcatteacher April 29, 2011 - 11:57 am


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coolcatteacher April 29, 2011 - 11:57 am

Thanks! Did it just before our meeting!

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Teresa Wu April 29, 2011 - 6:43 pm

Hey Vicki,

Thanks so much for sharing this info with other teachers! The team is really excited that educators like you are finding our new features relevant and useful. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have feedback or suggestions about how to make our products even better for your needs.


Teresa Wu
Google Docs Community Manager
@resawu / @googledocs

coolcatteacher April 29, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Thanks Theresa for a great service and for perusing and responding on the
Internet. It makes me feel very positive to see a company that actually
notices when someone writes about their product. Love Google docs, we’re
moving to Google Docs for all students (been using it for some time for
teachers since I became a GCT and spoke there in Mountainview.)

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Vicki A. Davis
Blog: http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com
Twitter: @coolcatteacher

Teresa Wu April 29, 2011 - 7:12 pm

Hey Vicki,

Will you be at ISTE this year? I’m planning on attending on behalf of Docs
and it would be great to connect in person.


coolcatteacher April 29, 2011 - 8:09 pm

Yes! I just emailed you!

Vicki Davis
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