Who needs a backpack for school this year when you have Drive?
This year, Google is offering a new feature to its popular, innovative document sharing system: Drive for Education.
The new feature offers this free app to any school with a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account, and this includes Google Classroom- a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Drive and Docs. School districts across the country have been integrating drive into their physical classrooms; in order to better share, edit and store documents without the hassle of organizing paper.
Watch how Google Classroom works, here!
Creating a Classroom is simple: Once you have Drive for Education, a join code is created, and users can either add students manually or give them the join code to use. When users add a student, a Classroom folder is also created in the student’s Google Drive.
Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments digitally, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. This way, everyone is organized- from student to teacher.
The teacher’s Classroom folder contains the following: a folder for each class, a folder for each assignment, a folder that includes templates for each assignment, and any additional classwork files. The student’s Classroom folder includes a folder for each class, and assignment files for each class.
Students are able to keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom. Teachers can even create a function called “Create a Copy”, where students cannot edit assignments once they submit it. Teachers can also track real-time work that students have done on their assignments.
30 million students, teachers, and admin have access to the program, and predictions indicate that this number will only get bigger. As long as the school has signed up with Google Apps for Education, Drive for Education is entirely free, which is giving Google a strong foot in the door with educators.
Physical classroom structures are beginning to change with the times, and cloud-based storage and sharing is one of the leading transformations. It’s faster, more organized, and easier to use for our technologically-engaged students.