Are you a Google Drive / Google Docs fan? Do you take notes, compose papers, construct spreadsheets, and build presentations in real-time on the web while collaborating with others? I’m not necessarily promoting Google Drive; just merely pointing out a few of the powerful ways the free tool can help you save time and keep you better organized.
I’ve had a post about how to effectively use Google Drive in education on the back burner for several months. It’s been sitting as a ‘draft’ and is now finally ready for primetime. That’s because I stumbled across a fabulous new visual guide put together by Susan Oxnevad on Glogster. In the graphic, she showcases a dozen different ways to easily and effectively integrate Google Drive into your classroom.
From building a self-grading quiz (yep, it can do that) to simply reducing the amount of paper used in your classroom, there are plenty of reasons to start considering using Google Drive for your classroom needs. Personally, I’d recommend using it as a useful tool for project-based learning where students can collaborate in real-time, hold chats, and even finalize a project from different locations. The Android and iOS apps let students (and teachers) do this from virtually anywhere. In fact, you can literally do it anywhere considering there is an ‘offline mode’ for Google Drive so you don’t even need a web connection to keep your online collaboration document or project humming along.
The other big way I’d recommend trying out Google Drive would be for mind maps. You can create mind maps using a presentation in Google Drive and work on it with others at the same time. Imagine having an assignment involve creating a mind map about a particular topic (the Civil War, for example) and having students aim to finish the map by the end of the school day. Students can collaborate, research, and complete their project with ease. What a world we live in, eh?
Google Drive is also compatible with Microsoft Office products so fear not. You can download your project as any format – from open formats to Microsoft-based formats. Great for all types of classrooms!