How I Use It
This is a wonderful tool to encourage collaborative learning and problem solving. Learners can easily and safely share documents, spreadsheets, slides, and files for viewing and/or editing by others. Preparation for this to work well in school is necessary by the IT leaders. Students need to have gmail accounts established and teachers should be trained with Professional Development sessions before introducing this to students. Then, teachers can determine how to introduce different parts of this tool with classroom tasks. Learners and teachers will quickly understand, investigate, and use this multifaceted web-based program.
Areas that create concern for public schools include the social media areas attached to it such as hangout and circles. Also, Google Play has been an issue as it can tempt students to stray from assigned tasks in some situations. The smooth integration of the many all-in-one tools that are offered makes this a "no brainer" for education. College students use this already and love it. So, as teachers work to prepare learners for higher education, the introduction of Google Drive only makes great common sense.