Using Google Drive with your Students

What about finding a website that allow many people to work on the same worksheet or project at the same time ,but from different places? Luckily, Google thought about creating a Drive to do so. It is called Google Drive.

What is Google Drive?

To use Google Drive, you have to create yourself a Gmail address on Google. After doing so, you can access your Google Drive account with that address. Once you have your account, you have 5GB of storage place. So no more need for a USB key. On the Drive, you can create text documents, online presentations, calculation sheets, and do many other useful things. Once your file is created, you can share it with whoever you want simply by clicking on the ‘’share’’ option at the top of the page. Obviously, people with who you are sharing your work need to have a Gmail account. Once you shared it, you can chose whether you want them to edit the document or not. If you want them to do so, they can add comments and feedbacks on the work done by selecting the ‘’insert a comment’’ option. You can also use your Gmail address as an Email address.

Advantages

As a future ESL teacher, it is interesting because you can share everything you have shown in class with your students on Google Drive. That way, your students always have access to all the information you gave them. Also, you can share homework template on Google Drive and allow your students to edit it in order to complete the worksheet. You and your students can also add comments to the documents so that you can answer their questions and they can comment on each other’s work. We can also keep some private files on the Drive. For example, we can keep a document on which we take the class attendance. You can always use the same document and you don’t need to print out a new class list for every class. We can also keep the grades of our students on a calculation sheet in order to not have to do all the calculation at the end of every semester. We only have to create the file once and then fil it up every time we want to instead of redoing the work all the time.

For students, Google Drive is a really nice tool that can make their life easier. By having a drive account, students don’t need to show up at school to make teamwork anymore. They can share the work they have to do with each other and work on it from their home. What is even greater about Google Drive is that the teammates can have a conversation on it while doing their project. Also, they can stuck everything on it and have access to it from everywhere and on every device. Thus, no more forgotten homework or project at home.

The most important advantage in my opinion is that it is free. We can use Google Drive as we would use Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, etc. One of the main difference I can find between those programs and Google Drive is that the Drive is free.

The only thing that I can point out that could be a problem with using Google Drive with your students is that we need to have access to internet at all time to use it. But, this is not a big problem according to me , because in 2015 it is easy to get free Wi-Fi. You can get it in pretty much every public places.

As a student who is using Google Drive, I can say that it is a really nice tool. It is actually the tool that my teachers showed me that I find the most useful. Everything can be done so fast. The thing that I like the most is that more than one person can work on the same document at the same time from different places or different devices. It makes things so easy for everyone.

Catherine Hébert

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