Teacher Review For Google Drive

Excellent Collaborative Tool

Teresa B.
Classroom teacher
Anthony Spangler Elementary School
Milpitas, CA
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My Grades 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
My Rating 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
Each of my students has a gmail account, allowing them all of the perks of these great Google applications. Students have used Google Docs to create, collaborate, and edit documents that they have created. Think Microsoft Word, but with the power of having multiple collaborators working together on the same document at the same time, from any computer. I can also access any of their documents, give timely feedback, and grades. Aside from Google Docs, my students have used Google Sites to create websites. For instance, instead of having my students create a poster or brochure for the ancient civilization that they studied, they created a website that included information, pictures, maps, and videos. Finally, my students have created multiple presentations (similar to Microsoft Powerpoint) throughout the school year using Google Presentations. As with Google Docs, students have the power to collaborate and edit presentations at the same time. Thanks to Google Drive and Google's other educational apps, I have successfully reduced the amount of paper used in my classroom, encouraged more on task collaboration between my students, and increased the amount student engagement.
My Take
Google Drive and its many applications have changed the way that I lesson plan, teach, and assess. Google Docs, Sites, Presentations and other Google apps for education are user friendly and engaging for all students. Google Drive allows students to access, edit, and save their documents, sites, and presentations from ANY computer with online access.