Wow @aciuffo - great work on finding a way around the problem! Thank you again for sharing.
C'mon PowerSchool. There's some determined work going on here in the community to try to address the issue. Necessity being the Mother of Invention, clearly there's a real need to warrant this great effort. We're sure you could add to the effort and help refine the solution a little for us!
Thank you for your participation in the Community and support on these feature requests!
I am working with the Unified Classroom Product Team to place emphasis on these requests and gather as much information as possible. I will update the thread as I am able to gather updates with the Product Team.
The teacher should only be required to be the owner when the teacher is using the 'handout' functionality.
And there lies the problem. When a document is in a Google Shared Drive, there is no owner--the domain is the owner. The permission structure around the files is slightly different in Shared Drive making it nearly impossible to use the handout feature as it is currently structure.
Teachers would very much like to use shared drives for co-taught classes as this makes the whole planning process much more efficient and easier. Only one 'master' copy needs to exist. Storing the master copy in the Shared Drive ensures that when a teacher leaves the organization, the master says put and is not deleted with the user's account.
There is a workaround for storing documents in a shared drive (see above) involving checking the permissions and then using a force-copy URL, but that's all a hack requing an intimate knowledge of how the Shared Drive works, multiple steps and all-in-all terribly inefficient for teachers.
Thank you for providing these details!
We have discussed this with the Product Team for Unified Classroom. The Product Team is aware of the number of customers that are requesting improvements with the Google Team Drive feature within Unified Classroom and PowerSchool Learning and are focusing efforts on reviewing these improvements.
It sounds like this has escalated to the next level! Thanks, @jamiem7 @aciuffo @martinm for all the help on this! Being able to integrate Shared (Team) drives in the File Picker will directly and immediately benefit our teachers, and will generate lots of goodwill at our school towards PowerSchool and their products.
Please keep the issue alive, and let us know if there's any progress towards release of this feature! I'll be sure to bother you next week on this :)
Thank you for your support of this feature request!
The Product Team for Unified Classroom and PowerSchool Learning will review the request to see if the feature is a possibility. The team will then determine if the feature can be built into the product. If they find the feature can be built into the product, the team will work to making the change. There is not a timeline for the process of product improvements that are shared, however, the Product teams share communication with districts of all updates when they are scheduled to be released.