Using Google Drive in the Classroom

Several teachers in the district are using Google Drive as a place to receive student work.  Students begin this process by creating a folder and then share it with their teacher.  This allows both student and teacher to see the work placed inside that folder.  Teachers, then place student folders inside class folders in their drive (1st period, 2nd period, etc…)  This seems to work well and allows for a paperless approach. Also, keep in mind that Google Drive has an app for most all devices, so students can use this and work from their phones and tablets making it great for the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment.

Google Drive Folder Sharing Guide for Students

Google Drive Folder Sharing Guide for Teachers

Other recent district uses of Google Drive and the Drive app

Recently, students in the 7th Grade Pre-AP English class used Google Drive and the Drive app while creating their script for the KC3 project.  There were 14 + students working on this script.  This allowed them all to edit, revise and work collaboratively on the script that they would use to rehearse and ultimately present.  Initially, they printed the document, then edited, then re-printed, etc… until they realized that they could just use their phones, Kindles, iPads, etc.. while rehearsing and presenting.  After this, there were no longer any hard copies of the script allowing for all scripts to be up to date.  It worked out very nicely.

Google Apps for Education

On July 24th and August 2nd, in the high school computer lab, we will begin our summer technology training and cover a variety of technology topics used and encouraged in our district.  One of the things that we will be discussing in length is Google Apps for Education.  One of the resources used for this training can be found online at http://learn.googleapps.com.  Many videos, pdf documents and other resources can be found at this site.