Teacher Review For Google Drive

Necessary Education Tool for the 21st Century Learner

Michael G.
Classroom teacher
Bayshore Middle School
Leonardo, NJ
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My Grades 6, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Google Drive everyday in my classroom in conjunction with Google Classroom. From the platform, I can send out (share) activities that are teacher made or PDF files that students work on. Assignments can be done individually or in small group setting where authentic collaboration takes place. Lecture notes or Slides can be shared throughout the classroom. Students and teachers can comment on activities together and can help all students improve cognitive, writing, and basic skills.
My Take
I love the Google Apps for Education suite, particularly Drive. As a cloud based service, no assignments ever go "missing" and the ease of sharing eliminates the need for printing...less paperwork to bring home. Drive can also be used on any Internet capable device including desktops, laptops, net books, and tablets. Students gain real life, 21st Century skills applications when working on individual, partner, small group, or whole group collaborative activities.