Google Drive: Tools for Collaborative Learning

Chris Hesselbein, Hillsboro Schools

A common first impression of Google Drive is that it is just like an online version of Microsoft Office, only less powerful. In fact, Google Drive is a completely different tool designed with an entirely different purpose in mind. If you are only using Google Drive for word processing or making slide presentations, you are missing out on one of the biggest advantages of the platform, collaboration. When you open up a document for collaboration, you essentially invite editors into not just a document, but a community as well. These collaborative docs, just as any online community, require a set of expectations, skills, and communication tools in order to maximize productivity in the online environment. Google Drive has included many tools like chatting commenting, suggesting and more, to help you and your students be productive members in this revolutionary digital collaboration platform. Participants will get an in depth tour of tools available to them in the Google Drive suite while at the same time discussing possible classroom applications for these tools. We will take a look at how to use Docs and Slides in more collaborative ways in the classroom and how they can be leveraged not just as productivity tools, but also as creative spaces as well. We will address both the advantages of and concerns about collaborative online learning environments and what types of expectations and tools can minimize those concerns for educators and students. Participants will leave with several ideas that they could implement in their class the very next day.

Abstract

Google Drive offers many tools that allow for increased collaboration and productivity. Explore how these features can create a more collaborative learning experience for you and your students.

 

Google Drive: Tools for Collaborative Learning

Google Drive offers many tools that allow for increased collaboration and productivity. Explore how these features can create a more collaborative learning experience for you and your students.