Laboratory Activity: Uploading and Sharing a File on Google Drive

Objective: To familiarize students with the process of uploading files to Google Drive and sharing them with specific users or generating shareable links.

Materials Needed:

  • A computer or mobile device with internet access
  • A Google account
  • A sample file (e.g., a Word document, PDF, or image) for uploading


  1. Preparation:
    • Ensure that each student has access to a computer or mobile device.
    • Verify that all students have a Google account. If not, they can sign up for one at
    • Provide students with a sample file for uploading or instruct them to prepare one of their own.
  2. Accessing Google Drive:
    • Open a web browser and navigate to
    • Log in using your Google account credentials.
  3. Uploading a File:
    • Once logged in, locate and click on the ‘+ New’ button on the left sidebar.
    • Choose ‘File upload’ from the dropdown menu.
    • Navigate to the location of your sample file, select it, and click ‘Open’ or ‘Upload’.
    • Wait for the upload to complete. Once done, the file will appear in your Google Drive.
  4. Sharing the File:
    • Right-click on the uploaded file and select ‘Share’ from the context menu.
    • A new window will pop up. Under ‘Share with people and groups’, enter the email addresses of those you want to share the file with.
      • Note: If you’re in a class setting, consider sharing it with a classmate or the instructor.
    • Decide on the permissions for the recipients: Viewer, Commenter, or Editor.
    • Click ‘Send’.
    • Click on ‘Copy link’ to generate a shareable link.
    • Set the link’s access level (restricted, anyone with the link, or public).
    • Click ‘Copy’ and share the link as desired, e.g., via email or chat.
  5. Confirmation:
    • Ask the recipient to check their email or Google Drive ‘Shared with me’ section to confirm that they can access the shared file.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the potential risks of sharing files on cloud platforms like Google Drive?
  2. How can you ensure that your files remain secure while sharing them?
  3. What other platforms or methods can you use to share files online?

Assessment: Students should be able to successfully upload a file to Google Drive and share it with a classmate or instructor. They should also be able to answer the discussion questions, demonstrating an understanding of online file-sharing and its associated risks and benefits.

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