I Love Google Drive!I have just recently embraced Google drive, I mean within the last month. Therefore, I was excited to see Google drive as a topic this week, in addition to tinyurl.
First and Foremost Google Drive:
I had been introduced to Google docs years ago, but had not embedded it in any of my classes. This year, my children had a couple of unfortunate 'crashes' of projects on their flash drives, and that is what motivated me to embrace the Google drive. My children are lucky, the district they attend creates a district gmail account for them, and of course a Google drive. I have been playing around with how to handle the creation, parent permission, and district policy in my class.
Because of the experiences my children had with their flash drives, I started teaching my students how to use their Google drive as well. Before this class, our use for the Google drive was purely storage. But I am excited to embed many of the things I have learned.
Here is a great video for inspiration, 10 ways to use Google docs/drive in the classroom.
If that is a little overwhelming and intimidating, here are some great YouTube channels, websites, and articles to help:
Here is a great link to a YouTube play list of Google tutorials by Anson Alexander
Here is a great link to a YouTube play list of Google tutorials by Karen Canfield.
Here is a great link to an article titled "10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How to do with Google Docs."
Here is link to a great Google Education site titled "Docs & Drive Level 2: Classroom Application.
If you are still not convinced to use Google docs/drive, this video is very persuasive, and you may even switch from your dropbox account.
I was very glad to be exposed to tinyurl this week. However, at this time I don't think it will be advantageous to use in my classroom. I am lucky to be in a lab, and connecting to preferred sites is not a challenge.
Join the drive, you will love it!