Teacher Review For Google Drive

We've started using Google Drive at the Elementary level this year (5th-6th grade) and it's been a wonderful experience all around.

Kelly W.
Classroom teacher
Brown Deer School District
Brown Deer, WI
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My Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
As a computer teacher, I have the opportunity to team up with the academic teachers who use Google Drive in their classroom and reinforce the student's skill sets during our lab time. Part of the student's personalized learning program at our school includes creating a Learner Profile. The classroom teacher created the template in Google Docs and I work on it with the students during our lab time. This has worked very well for the classroom teacher that has so many other things to accomplish during their schedule and it gives me the opportunity to work on the student's technical skills.
My Take
We have started students using Google Drive at the 5th grade level to introduce them to the process of collaboration at an earlier age. Our district has begun a new program for the 5th and 6th grade students that require them to take responsibility for their own learning and to understand and use the learning style that is most effective for them. Google Drive is instrumental in the success of this program by offering an effective means of communication between teachers and students. It's been my observation that students greatly benefit from the collaboration piece of Google Apps while also learning how to work together as a team while in different locations. I have had to step in at times to referee when one team member may not agree with another member's revisions, but it's part of the valuable learning experience they need to go through in order to develop their teamwork skills.