How I Use It
With a class of fifth graders, we used a teacher's Google Account and collaboratively designed and created a Google Form to gather data about the Provinces/Territories of Canada through the 5 Themes of Geography. Students then individually submitted the form as many times as they could with the data they had from their research. The data automatically gathered in a Spreadsheet which we used to fix spelling errors or erase duplicates. Then we created an interactive map using mapsengine.gooogle.com. It was a really great project that the kids created together! We used a wireless keyboard and mouse passed around the room to create the form and map. Students had to brainstorm what questions to include on the form and what to name the map etc. They even voted on a lot of things like the theme of the Form. Students were really engaged and loved that not only did our idea for the project come from a blog but we went back to the blog and commented, thanking the author for the idea and sharing our project with him.
Access to a online platform of productivity tools is priceless. The evaluation of this tool indicates grades 9-12 but I would argue Google Drive could be used with any grade level in a variety of ways (especially if you have Google Apps for Education - which we don't). Google apps allows for creation, collaboration/interaction, presenting, publishing, data collection - all part of the Common Core! I love the real time editing by multiple users and Google itself is a tool the students recognize and want to use. Teaching them how to use it effectively is extremely important.