There are a wealth of resources available to inspire and assist you in using the applications that make up Google Drive, lots of them are from teachers sharing their experiences and ideas for classroom use.
Here are three of my favourites:
2. Google Docs, Sheets and Presentations might not have all the functionality of Word, Excel or Powerpoint (but lets face it, who even uses 20% of that functionality?) but the key thing that makes it so worthwhile is the potential for collaboration. Here are 20 great ideas to get started with:
3. In this article Keith Hamon describes the process he uses for teaching writing; how his students create and share their Google doc with him from the beginning of the task so that he can monitor and advise as they are writing. As he says:
Because I have access to their documents so early, I learn much more about my students’ writing and the issues that they need to overcome. This positions me for better teaching. It positions the students for better learning. That’s a win-win.
Have you used Google Drive with your students? Will you try one of these ideas?
I’d love to hear your feedback on any experience you have using Google Drive in the classroom and share some success stories. Please share in the comments.
Did you know…
Part of being a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) school means that, in addition to our email accounts and calendars, every staff member and student at KDS has access to Google Drive. We each have 30Gb of storage available compared to an individual’s allowance of 15Gb.
Google Drive includes tools like word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), presentations (Powerpoint), forms and storage for all types of files – PDFs, images, audio, video and so on. If you upload an MS Office file you can even choose whether to convert it to the equivalent Drive format or leave it as an Office file.
Because Google Drive is a cloud service you have access to your files from any PC or mobile device that can access the internet and you can set up offline access on your PC. The Google Drive App is available for any smartphone or tablet.
But Google Drive is more than just an alternative word processor or file storage system, there’s a whole world of clever things you can do including:
- save email attachments directly to your Drive
- share a document so it can be viewed or edited by multiple people simultaneously
- collaborate on a presentation
- add comments to another person’s document – for example to a student’s work during the drafting process
- gather information using forms
and much, much more.
This video from Google gives a brief overview of some of the possibilities:
and their Getting started with Google Drive pages will help you do just that.
If you want to know more about how Google Apps can be used in education, Chris Betcher, a Google Certified teacher from Sydney, has developed this presentation (using Google presentations of course!) about why he loves Google Apps. In it you will find lots of great ideas that might just inspire you to give something a go.
Are you using Google Drive? Have you found ways it makes your life easier in the classroom? Do you have ideas for creating engaging classroom activities using Google Drive? Please share in the comments.
Google Tips is a really useful site where you can go to get tips about all kinds of things you can do with Google.
Login with your google account (your KDS email address) and browse the cards. Flip to learn more, often there is a video tutorial.
From customising how your email page looks to collaborating on a presentation there’s a whole world of things you can do just waiting to be discovered.
Check it out and if you find a good tip share what you’ve learned in the comments.