Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Google Drive - Coming to Students this Fall

We are now six months into our Google Apps for Ed move.  Your building Tech Leaders have already given six amazing workshops on just about everything you need to know to use Google Apps / Drive effectively in the classroom.  A huge thank you to the Tech Leaders for all the hard work in putting these sessions together for your professional development.

As mentioned at the start of the school, students will be coming onto Google Apps for Ed in September, 2013.  They will have email accounts and full access to their own school Drive accounts.

What this Means in the Classroom

With the students coming to Drive - you can go paperless with homework!  Students will be able to share their assignments to your drive.  No need to worry about incompatible electronic versions you can't open.  No need to worry about lost assignments.  Documents, PDFs, slideshows, spreadsheets - virtually anything can be done online with this.

Not sure how a student can check in an assignment for you to grade?  Make sure you don't miss any of the after school workshops your Tech Leaders are putting together!

You can even have students collaborate on projects with Drive!  They can work in real time from their homes on whatever device they choose:  PC, Mac, iPad, Android device and so on.  Google Drive doesn't care - it's all done in the cloud.

Take Charge of your Classroom 

You already have access to all the power above, and hopefully you have been taking advantage of the training and using Drive.  Come this fall, the power will multiply as students come on board.

And Drive isn't the only thing they'll have access to.  Google Calendar will be a powerful way to share your classroom / building schedules with your students.  Keep them in the loop - with no excuses - with deadlines, tests, quizzes and homework assignments.  Use Gmail to send them reminders - or changes to assignments.

The Tech Team / Tech Assistants have been working hard for the last 6 months to make this transition seamless. So now is the time to start thinking about how students on Google Apps for Ed will enhance your classroom!

Did you miss any after school workshops?  There are many how-to videos available from Google to get you pointed in the right direction. (Note, videos hosted on YouTube are not yet accessible within the district).

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