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, CA
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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 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
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.