Teacher Review For Google Drive

Google Drive is an excellent tool for collaborative learning and creating a near-paperless classroom.

Lisa S.
Classroom teacher
Kentucky Country Day School
Louisville, KY
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My Grades 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I have used Google Drive with my fifth and sixth grade students for individual, small group, and whole class projects. I use Google presentations frequently for collaboration. I can assign groups tasks and have them document their work on a particular slide of a presentation shared to the class. When it is time to share, I can display the presentation on the SMART Board and have each group talk about their slide. I also share folders of content to students. These might be templates for assignments, handouts, or review notes. My students use Google Drive to turn in work created in other apps or websites, as well as their Google docs. During our book trailers unit, they create videos in Animoto or WeVideo and then download the MP4 files from those sites and upload them to Google Drive and share them with me. Rather than having a link to their project, I have the actual files that can be later embedded on our class website. Using scripts in Google spreadsheets can turn Google Drive into your personal grading assistant. I have used scripts such as AutoCrat and FormMule to auto-grade quizzes and merge form information into documents. Uses for Google Drive in the classroom is truly limited only by your imagination and creativity.
My Take
Google Drive is a core tool for building a digital classroom. The ability to share documents and templates for class assignments makes getting to the core of lessons much easier. Students can build communication skills through collaborative work. New features, such as the Research tool, helps students with academic work and promotes critical thinking. Apps that integrate with Google Drive, such as VideoNotes, are excellent tools for independent learning and flipped classrooms.