How I Use It
Project Based Learners use Google Drive: My second graders worked in groups of 3's to create a vocabulary quiz slide using Google Presentation. The slide contained an image, video and definition of a vocabulary word.The three person group had to decide who would be responsible for the image, video and definition. Each group member also had to add a transition to their assignment, making sure that the vocabulary word would be the last to appear when viewing the presentation.The groups were engaged in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.First a template was created. Then I shared the template with my students using their Google Drive Accounts. We started the project in the computer Lab exploring the tool bar. The room buzzed with excitement as students discovered many dictionary websites and how to insert videos, and images. When our computer lab time expired, there were lots of groans of regret. However, since Google Drive is available 24/7 via Google Cloud, students finished their projecst at home.This digital project based assignment was a huge success! A big thank you to Susan Oxnevad the owner of this Google Drive lesson.
Overall, I think Google Drive is a great tool for engaging students in the 4 C's...communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Google Drive also: facilitate student driven learning experiences; provide immediate feedback with a self- grading quiz; have built in templates to give students a starting point; track student assignments; publish students work online; support writing workshop with its built in writing support (spell checker, dictionary, thesaurus, multimedia) and Google Drive significantly reduces paper.
When my second graders use Google Drive, they become producers and creators of their learning and I become the facilitator who provides time, space and guidance. When students take ownership of their learning, they quickly progress to the next level. After creating a whole class Vocabulary Google Presentation, students explored other components of Google Drive.Thus far, they have published many genres of presentations, created quiz/test using Google Forms and have received immediate test result using the Flubaroo script in Google spreadsheet. In my opinion, Google Drive is a tool that all students can use to enhance their technological skills in an ever changing 21st Century global society.