Deirdre Moore | May 2017
Google Drive, Organization, Efficiency and You
Let me start by revealing that I am a recovering Luddite. At least that is how I described myself to a colleague in tech support as he gave me a tutoring session in Google Forms. While Forms has been around for a long time, I’m just now finding all of its potential in changing how I teach. While you may already be lightyears ahead of me on this, when it comes to technology, there’s always someone out there who can use a beginning tutorial. Now that I put that out on the table, I am excited about Google Drive and what it can do to help me be organized and make my life easier. If you are a novice with technology like me, I hope this might pique your interest and end up making your life easier too. If you’re more advanced, go ahead and skip down to the resources area below.
- This list of 10 things teachers should know about Google Docs has screenshots and step-by-step directions. Visually, this is really helpful!
- Some of the 22 things you didn’t know Google Drive could do is a little over my head, but for you advanced users out there – here’s your next step.
- Want to learn how to create Pixel Art, Drop Down Menus, or Choose Your Own Adventure quizzes? Try this article from Certified Google for Education Trainer Shawn Beard.
- And if you REALLY want to dig deep into everything Google can do for you as a teacher, here’s a comprehensive Google site that has a list of videos, resources, and threads on all kinds of new tips and tricks.
The end of the year can be such a busy time and you may feel like you don’t have the time to try something new. However, being a resister myself, I can tell you that if you do decide to try it out, if Google Drive seems like a tool that might be useful to you, you won’t regret the time investment. It will pay off in the end!