Google has announced a free cloud storage service for students, in a bid to help them reduce the amount of paper and folders they need to carry around. The move comes at a time when many schools are suffering from a lack of good IT resources.
Drive for Education allows students to access documents and files from a web or mobile app, or via Google's Chrome browser.
The service is effectively a version of Google's Drive cloud storage application that allows documents, pictures and files to be stored and accessed remotely.
With Drive for Education, Google is giving students unlimited cloud storage, allowing support for individual files up to 5TB in size.
Ben Schrom, project manager at Google Apps for Education, said in a blog post that Drive for Education boasts the same security features found in all versions of Drive.
"Every file uploaded to Google Drive is encrypted, not only from your device to Google and in transit between Google data centres, but also at rest on Google servers. As always, the data that schools and students put into our systems is theirs," he wrote.
Google already offers a range of apps and services for students under its Google Apps for Education division.
One of these is the Classroom suite of tools, which allows teachers to create and organise classes and assignments via productivity tools such as Gmail, Drive and Google Docs.
Google is not the only major technology brand offering products to the education sector.
Microsoft provides free access to productivity software for students, in particular Office 365 which it combines with its OneDrive cloud storage service to let students work across a range of desktop and mobile devices.
As a hardware supplier, Samsung has taken a different approach to helping the education sector by providing 4,000 students at the University of East London with Galaxy Note 8.0 tablets pre-loaded with digital textbooks.
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