It doesn’t take long for your Google Drive to turn into one big unmanageable mess, if you aren’t organizing or naming things properly. But there is a better way! It starts with a proper naming convention. When naming folders in your Google Drive, it is best to go from large to small. What do I … Continue reading Feeling Lost with Google Drive?
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 … Continue reading Collect Needed Information with Google Forms
Using Google Slides, and a Chrome extension like Screencastify, students can easily create videos from their computers. This is something that I was asked to do as part of a course I took last summer. Instead of asking each group to present a topic with a flat, boring PowerPoint, they can create an engaging video … Continue reading Teach Students to Create Video
For those who use a reading log in class, a Google Sheet is a great way to keep track of this. Each student can share their own reading log with the teacher, to be filed in a folder specific to the class and section, or if your class size is small, you could create one … Continue reading Keep Record with Google Sheets
Working with textual analysis with your students? Here is a great way to do that, with the help of Google Docs. Upload a Word document with poetic text divided into sections. Create a table with the left column having one section per row; you can add or create an image if you like. Then, … Continue reading Google Docs in the Language Arts Classroom
Google Drive has always allowed for the use of templates--but the template gallery before was an endless repository of not-so-great looking designs that were difficult to sift through. Now, Google has updated with some professional looking designs for all of its apps: Docs: docs.google.com/ Sheets: sheets.google.com Slides: slides.google.com Forms: docs.google.com/forms Personally I love these new … Continue reading G Suite Makes Things Easy!
Before students leave your class, ask them to complete a simple Google Form (ideally 1-3 questions are best) to gauge how well they feel they did on the class lesson or objective that day, and on your delivery as an instructor. How this is done, and what kinds of questions asked will depend on your … Continue reading Evaluate & Get Feedback with Google Forms
One of our goals as teachers is to allow students not only to produce their work within the bubble of our classrooms, but share their work with the larger community. They need to have an audience. One great way to do this, is to have students publish their presentations. This can be done one of … Continue reading Grow your Audience with Google Slides
One great way to use Sheets with teachers or others who may not have or use Google Drive is to share with them using the “Anyone with the link can edit--no sign-in required”. This way, the individual will not even need a Google account in order to access and edit alongside everyone else. It’s a … Continue reading What to do with G Sheets?
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 … Continue reading Engage Students with Google Drive