Being a college student myself, Google Drive has been one of the best tool to use for writing papers, working on group projects, and otherwise staying organized. The best part is, I don’t have to spend my precious student’s budget on it: it’s free!

Google is continuing to add value to Google Drive with its slew of updates, tailored for students (although, anyone can use them!).

First up, the “Research” tool, which has been accessible in Google Docs on the web version for awhile is now available in Docs for Android. This allows you to search Google without having to leave Docs, and then insert what you find directly into your Doc.

Next, you can now dictate your Docs! This is available in both the web version and app. Voice typing will even recognize formatting commands like “new paragraph” or “exclamation point”. Voice typing is even available in more than 40 languages, helping language students, and students around the world.

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The next update isn’t a new feature so much as a change of location and design. Looking at revision history is now accessible in a fancy little button that says “See new changes” (shown above). This lets you see what recent changes were made and by whom, especially useful when collaborating on a project.

Forms has also been updated with a new design, and now easier ways to insert images, GIFs, or videos.

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Also added are a bunch of new templates in Docs, Sheets, and Slides! Now templates for reports, portfolios, resumes, and more are all available to make your project look that much better.

Sheets has been updated with a fancy new feature called Explore.

[blockquote author=”-Official Google Blog”] Explore creates charts and insights automatically, so you can visualize trends and understand your data in seconds on the web or on your Android. It’s like having an expert analyst right by your side.[/blockquote]

The last new feature is something for Google Classroom users. Teachers can now instantly send websites to the entire class with a Chrome extension.

This is one big update, and a few of these are definitely features I’m excited to try out myself!

Do these features seem useful to you? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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SOURCE: Official Google Blog

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