Even prior to ECMP 455, I feel that I am always thinking about educational uses of technology and considering different options as effective tools classroom tools. One consideration that offers many opportunities for teachers and students is Google. Now, I don’t just mean using Google as a search engine or to do simple research. Google has extensive uses for education and I decided I want to share my favourite options as a pre-service teacher.
First, there are so many resources online that help educators navigate the world of Google. Many questions may come to mind such as: What tools are available? What are the benefits? How convenient is it? etc. Here is a list of some simple sites that have broken down some general options regarding using Google for education.
- 32 Ways to Use Google Apps in the Classroom
- The Best Ways to Use Google in the Classroom
- 60 Smarter Ways to Use Google Classroom
- 100 Ways to Use Google Drive in the Classroom
- 5 Ways to Use Google Docs in the Classroom
- Google Classroom Set-Up and Tips for Teachers
- 60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom
I want to specify a few of my favourite Google tools for classroom use:
Google Drive is essentially an online storage hub that can be used to keep all of your documents, images, drawings, spreadsheets, presentations in one place. What is so appealing with Google Drive is that it is so easy to collaborate with others. Multiple users can share, edit, comment, and revise the same document (even at the same time), providing teachers an opportunity to collaborate and co-manage their day-to-day job with other professionals. With a Google account, students can also be involved in the sharing process. Google Drive offers opportunities for teachers and students.
Using Hangouts is an easy way to connect with others and collaborate as well. Hangouts lets you chat with others, make phone calls, make video calls, send pictures, etc. You can connect with other professionals, bring a guest speaker into the classroom through video calling, or send messages to students, parents, families after school hours.