Teacher Review for Google Drive

Easy, functional tool for collaboration and student work

Chris A.
Classroom teacher
Salem Hills High School
Salem, United States
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My Subjects Arts
My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have used Google Drive for so many things. I use it in my classroom as a place to create and store my lesson plans, homework assignments, handouts, rubrics, etc. I have a website where I link to or embed my documents from Google Drive and if I notice a problem with that document (like an incorrect due date, or typos, or other changes I might want to make) I can just update it on Google Drive and it automatically updates on my website so I don't have to re-upload a file for every error that I find. I also have it synced with my work computer and my home computer so when I want to work a presentation at home, I can just drop it into the Google Drive folder and it will automatically sync with my work computer and it will be waiting for me when I go to work the next day. My students have used Google Drive as well. I usually have my classes do a group research project that they present to the class. Google Drive allows them to create and edit their presentations together in real time. I have also used it for student learning journals where each student created a document that they shared with me and I checked every week to see what they were learning.
My Take
I love Google Drive and use it to store my lesson plans, homework assignments, notes for my classes, notes from collaborations with other teachers, even video, audio, and picture files to use in class. It is a huge help to my teaching because I can access these files anywhere I have internet. It is also very useful for students, especially in a collaborative environment since they can all be working on the same document or presentation at the same time. Excellent, excellent free tool. I do wish there were a few more formatting options for text. Google Drive's "Documents" area is basically a very watered down version of Word/Powerpoint/Excel and I wish they would offer a few more features to make documents look a little better, but for free it's a great tool.