This week I had an opportunity to share Google Drive with Deb Tierney and Nancy Hicks and their students at River City Middle School. Within the class period students had logged into their sd273 accounts, created their first document, shared it with their teacher, and received digital feedback!
Their words capture the power of Google Drive:
“This has been the biggest move forward in technology use that I’ve seen this school-year. I had no idea how many students were already using the drive personally. ” -Ms. Tierney
“As the eighth grade students at RiverCityMiddle School completed an English assignment on topic sentences, it was exciting to see how engaged they were as they word processed using Google Chrome. I was able to provide them with immediate feedback on their sentence structure, capitalization, and punctuation skills. As a result, they were easily encouraged to achieve at a higher level.”-Mrs. Hicks
Eighth grade student Ricky said, “This was a rad way to complete our work.” Allie added, “We were easily able to focus on the assignment using Google Chrome. I did not zone out.”
If you would like support using Drive with your students, please contact me. I am available from 7:00am-11:30am and after 2:30pm. Here is a handout I made for using Drive with students. You may need to log in with your Drive account (email@example.com) to view it.
Below are some Google Drive tips that may help you use Drive with your students:
Tip 1: Create groups to easily share documents with your classes. In your sd273.com GMAIL, create a contact group (5th period or AP English). Add all of your students e-mail address. In the future share docs and assignments with that contact group. You can use this spreadsheet doc I created to easily input student e-mail addresses (use their legal names from your roster). You may need to log in with your Drive account (firstname.lastname@example.org) to view it.
Tip 2: Create a class folder and share that folder with your students or contact group. Anything you save to that folder will be shared with your students.
Tip 3: Mark handouts and worksheets as “View Only” when you share them with your students. This will prevent them from changing document. If it is a worksheet, ask students to “make a copy” and share their copy with you.
Tip 4: When using a device like a smart phone or tablet, use the web based version of Google Drive instead of the app. The app has limited functionality but the web based version will give you full functionality. Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the screen and select desktop version. Also you can add a link to your home screen so the web based version is accessible like an app!
Tip 5: When you share a document with a staff member, include both their Drive account (email@example.com) and Outlook e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) so they receive an e-mail notifying you have shared a document with them. It may also be nice to check the box “Paste the item itself into the email” so they receive a preview.
Do not miss this month’s Ed Tech Tuesday, Chromebooks and Google Drive. Sessions will be held at 2:45pm and 3:45pm on January 14th in room 126 at Post Falls High School. This hands on session will include the ins and outs of Chromebooks, using Chromebooks, and the basics of how to use Drive to collaborate with colleagues and facilitate classroom instruction with students.