Teacher Review For Google Drive

Students create using 21st Century skills.

Craig M.
Classroom teacher
Big Sky High School
Missoula, MT
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
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
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this in problem-based learning units for brainstorming, task assignment, and organization of knowledge and information. For most of my students it's a novel experience to be able to edit documents in a group setting with multiple inputs. Of course they love to play around with their new ability to affect other people's words, but that quickly passes and the results are quite valuable to the outcome of the project.
My Take
First I used Google Docs, now Google Drive with our school's account. With a variety of access devices, including PC's, netbooks, and smartphones, we have been able to collaboratively edit lists, spreadsheets and documents. There can be lags in getting the edits to appear on the document owner's screen due to net lab, but in general this is not a hindrance to meeting our goals.