One great way for students to collect large(ish) data sets for class use is to have them create a Google Form about something they are studying in class. This could be technology use, eating habits (for health class), or opinions on a particular topic. By asking all the students in a given class, section, or grade to fill out the form, you can (relatively quickly) have a data set to be analyzed as part of a class discussion.
Using Forms, you can offer parents a quick and easy way to get in touch with you. Parent concerns can be raised, and they can “ask for” a meeting, or let you know how things are going at home with a student. This can be especially helpful to send out shortly before a parent-teacher night, so that you can be aware of any questions to ask, or matters to follow up on when parents are in your room.
I love, love, love using Google Drive in my day-to-day, and with students. Interested in learning more about these great tools? I’m now offering this mini-course on G Suite. Check it out!