The 21st Century has opened the flood gates for newer learning tools. Among the better known tools are Google apps – they are powerful, allow you to work out a strategy for learning and generally enhance students’ classroom experiences. Here are some tips that will not only bring cheer to your students but also to you.
1. Be Innovative while collaborating
Google apps in the classroom are wonderful for collaborating on a learning project. By collaborating every stake holder in the project can share ideas, produce the right type of product, give and take feedbacks, and do more. All that you need to do is be a little innovative.
The advantage of collaborating using Google apps is that your documents don’t get mixed up. Everyone in the project can work simultaneously on a single document. That means students and teachers don’t have to send back and forth multiples of documents through email and cause confusion all over. Google apps can also be used conveniently for converting documents in one format to another with ease.
2. Giving more emphasize to your privacy
As a teacher or student you may not want all your documents to show up in Google app. The reasons may be varied – your document is still under construction, your ideas may be incomplete or you may be making major changes to it. As a teacher you may want to add more lessons or make the tests tougher – Google apps will lend well to all these endeavors.
To achieve these objectives, you can use one of these options – make it private, make it selectively accessible or make it public for everyone in the collaborative project to see. You can also selectively choose who can make changes and who cannot. This is a particularly useful feature if more than one teacher is working in a team.
3. Sharing now becomes more professional
Within the Google app you will also find templates that you can use to deliver lessons and collaborate. They help teachers as well as learners to save substantially on time and efforts, and it also makes learning fun and endurable. Templates are particularly used for planning the lessons, evaluating tests and improve comprehension, for rubrics, circulating newsletters within the learning groups, and even more.
As a teacher or the training group leader, you can place all important templates in the Google Drive and allow learners in the group to access it. This is a big advantage when it comes to saving time, and for maintaining consistency of documents in the team.
4. Locating your docs now becomes simpler
As a teacher or team head, your repository of documents can grow unwieldy, and tracing the right document to the right learner may become difficult. This can be mitigated in Google app by using the search features available in the app. The Google Doc Search Engine is ideal for locating the documents you want to use. You can use a wide array of search terms and zero in on the right document for which you may want access. You can use the learner’s name or an identity number you have allotted for a particular individual. You can also make a search based on tag words or any other identifying words that you are able to remember.
The common way to search a document is by keying in the author’s name or the title of the document that you wish to locate. It is also a good idea to number the documents at the time of starting the project to avoid confusion and mayhem during the middle of a project.
5. The way you organize is still the key
The key to using Google app successfully lays in your ability at organizing the collection of different documents. In any learning process, documents build up in very little time. Learners will be submitting answer sheets, as a teacher you will be sending back evaluation papers, you may want to send queries and even distribute information to the classrooms periodically, and all this can be done only when you have a system in place.
To put a system in place, you will have to first provide instructions to your learners, and even spend some time on training them. You can do this by:
a. Creating folders and naming them properly so that they can be found intuitively.
b. Within folders you can have sub-folders to organize content based on topics, classes, students…etc.
c. Use color codes so that content can be easily identified visually rather than reading text.
It is imperative to train your learners before you begin to use the app. Training ensures smooth flow of work. Here is what you need to have in the training program.
a. Lessons on using apps – creating folders and selectively providing access
b. Converting documents from one format to another –Word to PDF for example
c. Pros and cons of allowing public view to documents or keeping them private
d. Synchronizing the document with the users’ computer for updating
e. Generally using PowerPoint and multimedia software…etc.
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