by TeachThought Staff
Using the cloud in the classroom can be a powerful thing.
One of the most common uses of the cloud in today’s classroom is word processing, and one of the most common cloud-based word processing platforms is Google Drive.
We’ve talked about offering voice feedback to documents. In the above below, teacher Bjorn Behrendt explains how to set up a classroom in Google Drive. He offers dozens of tips to pre-empt the kind of challenges that you’re likely to see (e.g., students unknowingly duplicating the same file several times, not knowing which folder to turn work in to, etc.)
Since he clearly has experience in the classroom, this video is immediately better than the vast majority of universal Google Drive tutorials you’ll find.
Update: A reader reminded us that Google Apps For Education is launching Google Classroom in September, a tool that “weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease.” So if you use GAE, this will be a boon. You can sign up for Google Apps For Education here.
In addition to other helpful tips, Behrendt includes information on:
-Creating a class
-Turning in digital work
-Creating student portfolios
-Accessing document history
-Checking file timestamps
How To Create A Google Drive Classroom