Creating A Google Drive Classroom

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how-to-create-a-google-drive-classroomHow To Create A Google Drive Classroom

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 documentsIn 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

-Creating assignments

-Sharing documents

-Filtering results

-Turning in digital work

-Creating student portfolios

-Naming files

-Accessing document history

-Checking file timestamps

How To Create A Google Drive Classroom

  • alias

    Thankfully, many of the steps in this process will be streamlined with Google Classroom later this summer. As a teacher who previously created the classroom folder infrastructure, I am very excited to be able to implement such a time-saving tool with my schools.

  • Timothy Miley

    Not one public school district in Ohio has started a 1 to 1 program and I am ashamed of my conservative state!!!

    • JStith

      This is actually not true at all. Lancaster City Schools is 1-1 and has been for more than a year.