One more great way to liven up class time, is to create a shared folder for a particular class, section, or group, into which files can be uploaded.
This allows for students to use the folder as a dumping place for material gleaned as related to a specific topic. While students are still in the brainstorming stage, they can easily start “grabbing” things from around the web (being sure to keep a bibliography document to cite any source, of course!) that they find useful. Once they are finished, those files can be arranged and assembled into the assigned format.
To begin, create a folder, and then from the main Google Drive view (as shown above), right click on the folder and click “Share”. Then you can easily share the folder with a group of students, or the whole class. Students can then create documents within the folder, as well as upload online articles they find, as well as images, videos, and audio files. This can be a great place to begin brainstorming, and then once the ideas are all in one place, students can spend class time going through materials and working together to bring cohesiveness to the ideas they’ve shared, as they begin to build the project (be that a writing project, a class presentation, or whatever medium you’ve decided on).