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Monday Tech Minute - Google Drive
Google Drive is a fantastic tool to use to collaborate and share with students or colleagues. Like most programs, the more people in your group that are using this the more usable it will become. At Center, I base much of my online classroom out of Google Drive (and moodle) and will do so even more next year when we begin our 1:1 technology initiative.
Here are three quick ways to help make Google Drive work better for you:
1. Folders, folders and more folders
This is my main Google Drive page.
|The entirety of 'My Drive'. For many students, this will be an incredibly |
messy place and it makes all other work more difficult
If I expand my 'Mod Wld Hist - gClass' folder you can see the different levels. This is often called nesting a folder. I believe that it is a vital skill to develop if you want to utilize all of the glory of Google Drive!
|Nesting places folders within folders within folders....as intricate as you want to build it|
2. Use Google Forms to create student surveys
Quick and easy, Google Forms allow you to get student feedback through the form of a survey. There are several options, from multiple choice to short answer to pretty much everything in between. I've used Survey Monkey before. Goiogle Forms is much more user-friendly. I also know some teachers who have used these to give quizzes and even tests.
|Use Google Forms to get feedback from students at the end of each unit. I know some|
teachers who use them to give quizzes and tests too.
3. Keyboard shortcuts
I recently discovered this little trick and it has made Google Drive run much smoother for me. Go to your Google Drive page and press 'shift' and '/' at the same time. This window will appear:
|It's a bit small, but on your screen you'll be able to see a whole list|
of useful keyboard shortcuts that will make your life easier.
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