Teacher Review for Google Drive

Easily accessible and filled with numerous opportunities to collaborate!

Katie L.
Technology coordinator
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Chicago, United States
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My Subjects Math, Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Google Drive and all of its apps (Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Forms) with my students (1st - 8th Grade) on a weekly basis if not daily. We all know the basic uses of Google Docs, however, I am so grateful for the collaboration piece. We use Google Docs for Rough Cuts. This is the process we go through to critique and review each other's work. My students get feedback from each and everyone of their classmates. I used to do this out loud in class, however I would only hear form a handful of students that were willing to share their thoughts. Now each and every child has a platform to respond and be heard. It is a great avenue for some of my quieter students.
My Take
This is a great tool for all ages. I even use Google Drive with my first and second grade students. I really love Drive because it levels the playing field. Students are able to access their work from anywhere at any time. Many of my students do not have computers at home and they enjoy that they can access all of their work when they head to the local library or a family or friend's house. I would highly recommend this tool to all teachers. I have many teachers that are nervous about using this. I have encouraged them by starting small. Begin with only introducing Google Docs. As they get more comfortable and the students are more proficient begin introducing the other tools within Drive.