Google Apps for education allows for a whole new way to manage the classroom workflow and create a paperless environment. This is especially powerful on the iPad where Google Drive is instrumental in creating an uncomplicated paperless system that eliminates the need for multiple apps to collect student work.
Sharing material and collecting papers can all be done digitally by taking advantage of the shared folders feature in Google Apps for Education. Shared folders creates a seamless workflow between student and teacher. Not only can assignments be created, shared, and graded without a single exchange of paper, it can be done anywhere in the world that can access the web. Have materials to share with students? With a click of the mouse and a simple drag into a shared class folder, the document is available to all students.
Let’s talk about the details. Here is how to get started on the iPad.
Apps Needed: Google Drive
1. Students personalize the iPad with their gmail account and login with Google credential into the Drive app.
2. Students drag the Mail and Drive apps to the doc for easy access.
3. Students create a folder in Drive. Students share the folder with the teacher so the teacher can view and edit all material in the folder. Students will submit work to the teacher via this shared folder.
1. Set up gmail and Drive on the iPad.
2. Create a folder for the class. Drag all the folders students have share with you from Share With Me to My Drive in the folder created for the class. Then drag all student folders into one folder called, for example, Period 1.
3. Create a folder in My Drive to share material with students. Set the share settings to View Only. As you, the teacher, share information, student can view the material but do not have rights to edit or delete items. Their workflow is to copy/paste content to drive.
Classroom Workflow now looks like this!
Written by Ann Feldmann