Teacher Review For Google Drive

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Tracey C.
Classroom teacher
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My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have been using Google Drive since Docs was brand new in 2008. I first learned about it as a collaborative writing tool from one of my San Joaquin Valley Writing Project colleagues. Since then, I have used Google Docs/Drive in every way I can imagine. My favorite uses are as follows: (1) Surveying kids with forms (2) Creating "read only" handouts instead of photocopying (3) Collaborative writing experiences for students (small and large group) (4) "Exit tickets" where students post a question or comment on a document after a lesson (5) Writing a "collaborative textbook" using a Google Presentation using whole-class inquiry (6) Giving students feedback on their writing that is timely, personal, and constructive
My Take
I love love love Google products, and I generally use them as much as they can, but if you are not acquainted with the "Google" world, there can be a steep learning curve. Google also likes to play with and tweak little things about their tools quite often without notice, so that can be frustrating. Students tend to also have a difficult time understanding the concept of "sharing" documents, organizing files, etc. but I find that to be an important exercise in digital literacy.