Teacher Review For Google Drive

Google Drive offers free storage space, access to Microsoft Office Suite, and allows collaboration with ease. This is growing daily in popularity as word spreads about what an efficient tool this is in our society.

Nora H.
Professional Development and Instructional Technology Coach
Whittemore Park Middle School
Conway, SC
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
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.
My Take
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.