Click for an overview of Google docs.
Click for Google training module for Drive/Docs.Google Docs (documents) can be created from scratch (by clicking the red "Create" button) or uploaded from a computer hard drive or server by clicking the arrow next to the "Create" button. Once a file is created or uploaded, it can be shared with individuals for group editing (blue share button) , or with the public for viewing if the file is embedded in a site. Group editing and embedding make a Google doc a robust educational option.
You can upload and store any file format. In addition, with many of the file formats you have the option to convert the file into a Google Doc for editing and collaboration. After you're done collaborating and have a finished product, you can export the document to be used with other word processing, spreadsheet or presentation programs.
You can also convert documents to a Google Docs format if you happened to upload it in an unconverted format. While in the document list, right-click on the file you want to convert and select Make a Google Docs copy. This doesn’t modify your original file and adds a new Google Docs copy to your docs list.
A cautionary note
When you upload a file to your Google docs account, think about how important it is to maintain the formatting. If you have a Word file that contains tables, for instance, you may lose the Microsoft formatting. It may be advisable to save a doc as a pdf before uploading if the formatting is very important.