Teacher Review for Google Drive

Great tool for student/teacher collaboration in real time.

Jennifer W.
Media specialist/librarian
Calistoga Junior/Senior High School
Calistoga, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Our school uses Google Drive as our school-wide collaborative communication, presentation, and writing system. As a teacher librarian, I use it to send individual overdue notices to students that protects their privacy. I use it as a research tool and a collaborative document sharing method. We use Google Scholar for in-depth research projects. We use Google Books to find free resources. My students share documents with me on a daily basis for editing and proofreading. It has made my life so much easier. I can't imagine school without Google.
My Take
Google creates a way for students and teachers to connect that is seamless and efficient. Adding comments to student papers is time-efficient and such a great way to build student/teacher relationships. Teachers can communicate assignments, announcements, etc. through email that kids can receive on mobile devices, which we know, is how kids communicate. It has completely changed how I teach and how I communicate with my students and with my colleagues. The best feature is having presentations, spreadsheets, forms, and anything else a teacher could need in one package that is easy to get to. Google has made a significant impact on how educators can communicate with their students and with parents.