12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education

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“Google Drive is a great tool for collaborative editing and file sharing. In this Edudemic article, Jeff Dunn provides an infographic by Susan Oxnevad showing 12 unique ways that teachers can incorporate Google Drive into their classroom instructional practices. If you click on the infographic, it will take you to Susan's full interactive version on Glogster, and I urge you to explore it along with her other fabulous work.”


via Edudemic

Are you a Google Drive / Google Docs fan? Do you take notes, compose papers, construct spreadsheets, and build presentations in real-time on the web while collaborating with others? I’m not necessarily promoting Google Drive; just merely pointing out a few of the powerful ways the free tool can help you save time and keep you better organized.

I’ve had a post about how to effectively use Google Drive in education on the back burner for several months. It’s been sitting as a ‘draft’ and is now finally ready for primetime. That’s because I stumbled across a fabulous new visual guide put together by Susan Oxnevad on Glogster. In the graphic, she showcases a dozen different ways to easily and effectively integrate Google Drive into your classroom.

Google Drive In Education: A Couple Recommendations

From building a self-grading quiz (yep, it can do that) to simply reducing the amount of paper used in your classroom, there are plenty of reasons to start considering using Google Drive for your classroom needs. Personally, I’d recommend using it as a useful tool for project-based learning where students can collaborate in real-time, hold chats, and even finalize a project from different locations. The Android and iOS apps let students (and teachers) do this from virtually anywhere. In fact, you can literally do it anywhere considering there is an ‘offline mode’ for Google Drive so you don’t even need a web connection to keep your online collaboration document or project humming along.

The other big way I’d recommend trying out Google Drive would be for mind maps. You can create mind maps using a presentation in Google Drive and work on it with others at the same time. Imagine having an assignment involve creating a mind map about a particular topic (the Civil War, for example) and having students aim to finish the map by the end of the school day. Students can collaborate, research, and complete their project with ease. What a world we live in, eh?

Google Drive is also compatible with Microsoft Office products so fear not. You can download your project as any format – from open formats to Microsoft-based formats. Great for all types of classrooms!

 Do you ever wonder how schools, universities, colleges, and large groups in general should use social media? Students are often early adopters, frequent users, and overall lovers of technology and social media. Want to help? I’m always looking for fun, creative, and exciting writers to get featured. Get in touch with me at edudemic@gmail.com!



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  2. *VV@|d ®@m*

    Fabulous post – will be sharing this later. Take a look at batttuk.wordpress.com for some of the ways we’re trying to get educators hooked into sharing their good practice.

  3. SPetry

    Would love to read “how to effectively use Google Drive in education” but the link will not work. Currently doing my thesis on this topic and would like to cite you Mr. Jukes!

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    • Ross Crockett

      No problem, Susan! You’re doing really great work …. Thanks for your message!

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