How do You use Google Drive at School?

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  1. TamiJ

    TamiJ Virtuoso

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    I´m curious because my school is all about Google, but I know we have room to incorporate it more. Currently, we use it this way:

    *To keep and track data across grade levels

    * Our school schedule is on Google Calendar

    * We have a group of educators from our school on Google+

    * I use Google Sites for my class website

    * I use Google forms to have parents sign up for parent-teacher conference times

    * All my documents are on my Google account (including lesson plans)

    * I use Google Calendar to keep track of all events and meetings

    Since I will be the grade-level leader next year for my grade level, I am creating a Google Calendar for my grade where we will keep our pacing guide, plus meetings.

    I would also like to use it as a homework registry. I wanted to do that this past school year but my TA felt more comfortable using regular paper and pencil. This year I definitely want to implement tracking homework on Google because we are also a green school, so the less paper we use, the better.

    What about the rest of you?
     
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    We have Google for our entire school but we're not using it in a coordinated way yet. Teachers just use it every now and then. It seems like they show the most interest into how it can be used with students for curriculum rather than personal management. I use it mostly for personal management.

    *All of my curriculum is kept on Google Drive. Anytime I make new materials I keep them on Google Drive. If I get paper materials from other teachers, I use our office scanner (works really fast and sends it as a pdf to my email) to turn them digital and keep them. Almost no paper.

    *I use a Google Form to detail plan my lessons. This puts them into a Google Sheet (excel like thing). I can print them out individually and make notes on them throughout the day. I was really good about it last year and wrote out a lesson plan every single day.

    *I use Google Calendar to plan my units throughout the year and then plan my specific lessons in a less detailed way than the Google Form. I link the digital versions of the materials I use in my Google Drive to the lesson for each day on the calendar. This calendar is displayed on my website and parents can open up the lesson for the day, see the general plan of the lesson, and download any of the materials associated with it (including notes, videos, simulations, etc.)

    *In my Communications class, I used Google Drive to teach students how to do basic word processing, excel, powerpoint, create surveys (using Google Forms), and there are a ton of other apps you can add to Google Drive that allowed me to do projects with image editing (Pixlr and Pixlr Express), video editing (WeVideo), and animation (PowToon).

    It would be awesome if we could eventually get to the point where we rarely have to make copies of anything, unfortunately, for our school there are legal issues. Not every student has a computer and therefore not equal access, so no digital homework can be assigned and all computer activities have to be done at school where they all have equal access.
     
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    -staff/pd calendar
    -our team has our own calendar that we put all of our sped meetings on
    -all pd slides/documents are housed there
    -school schedules/beginning of the year documents
    -team planning
    -collaboration between classroom teachers and specialists
    -some kids have a google doc that they will write back and forth with the school psych on
    -team meeting notes (so our sped director can easily access them)
    -lesson plans (so my para can easily access them)
     
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    Thanks , I too had the same problem
     
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    Wow, it´s great to see how schools are using Google drive. It´s such an amazing tool. I really want to do more with it. Oh, I forgot that I also made a mini-movie on our writer´s workshop this past year with an app on Google Drive.
     
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    How do you use the form to make your lesson plans? That´s so interesting. Is there anyway to see an example one???? I just do mine on Google Docs.
     
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    I can't think of anything that hasn't already been mentioned.

    Those of you who use GoogleCalendar ... have you had issues with items falling off the calendar without being deleted? We have. It has not been fixed for us. Our VP maintains a calendar where we can all enter events that will be pulling kids from classes (e.g. field trips) and it is very common that the events stay on for a day or 2 and then are gone.
     
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    We use it for everything as well! Some use it more than others though.

    I'm interested in your homework registry. What will this be like? How does it work?
     
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    I´ve never had any issues with it. What browser do you use? I use Google Chrome. Perhaps it´s an issue with the browser??
     
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    It will just be a means to record homework. My TA records hw turned in, but I have to walk to her area, pull the folder and look through it if I am looking for something specifically. I want to have access to the document. So, here is the registry that I created last night: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ThQXiVn4bVYhyqJwivipM-ywjUSfonNBkBuKUH4JWPQ/edit?usp=sharing If I decide to share the document with the parents (I haven´t decided yet), I will keep the numbers instead of the students´names (I always assign a number to each student for lining up, materials in class, etc.). If I decide I will not share it with parents, I will replaced the numbers with the actual student names. The rest of the columns are for the name of the homework assignments and noting if they have been turned in or not.
     
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    We use it to keep track of IEP information- when meetings need to be held by, what information has been entered, if it can be finalized, etc. It's helpful for me when I'm writing an IEP but need many other related service providers to put their piece into the IEP by a certain date.
     
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    That hasn't happened with my individual use of the calendar. We don't use it as a school though so I don't know.

    Are you sure someone isn't just going in and deleting the events?
     
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    I use it for pretty much everything. I have my classroom website as a google site, students have google emails. They write all papers on google docs and share them with me. I use google forms for submission of assignments on my class website. I make my presentations of google presentations. We as a staff use it for planning, making adjusted schedules etc. We also use the calendar invites. Students use google hangouts to work on group projects outside of school. I also make worksheets/assignments on there and then post them to my class website… students then make a copy and can edit it etc. I have students make a folder and share the entire folder with me, then I can see what they have been working on etc.

    Students at my school all have a chromebook, so we don't even have textbooks.
     
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    I am impressed!
     
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    I am so intrigued by this. I just created a form for my math lessons. I have all units planned out with daily lesson plans, but my math lessons are always like this: Ch. 7 lesson 1

    The day of (or before) I relook at the lesson and write the details so I am ready for the math lesson. I think next year I will try it on the form and see how that works!
     
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    Here our schools have 1:1 iPads and the teachers have MacBook Airs so I haven't seen the devotion to Google so much.
     
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    Sometimes it takes the kids a little while to make good decisions using their computers. We do monitor it…. but are not nazi's about it because they are going to have to learn to make good decisions at some point.
     
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    Yeah! It's great because it really helps me to feel prepared. And yes, I plan for each day using this form.


    I do something similar to you. I use my calendar to very generally plan each day in the unit something like: "Motion Lab" or "Stellar Evolution". I do this usually at the beginning of a unit. Then when we get into the unit I start detail planning using that form. I usually just do them all on the weekend and then print out my lesson for each day during the week. Sometimes my weekends get hectic though and I end up doing them the day before. This part of my lesson planning generally takes up very little time. 5-10 minutes to plan a lesson. I can get my entire week planned in about 30 minutes and it helps me feel very prepared during the day of the lesson.

    The part that takes longer is making the materials and handouts, but that's probably unavoidable for me for a few years at least.
     
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    Teacher guy,
    Do you use any specific programs or apps with the chrome books? Next year is the first year all middle schoolers will have their own chrome books in my district.
     
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    We are all over the place on browser use across staff. Most of us use GoogleChrome. There doesn't seem to be a pattern of any sort.

    When our tech staff inquired, it was said to be something to do with the way our Outlook and our Google syncs. But, there wasn't a fix. ????
     
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    Ah, so you sync between Outlook and Google? Yeah that can definitely cause problems. I used to do that and it would create like a million copies of an event and I had to delete them all individually. I eventually just stopped using outlook entirely.

    I don't have any solutions though. Sorry. I would do some Google searches and maybe you could find something there that specifically matches your problems.
     
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    Last time I googled, there was a lot of the same complaint, but no solutions offered.
     
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    I use Outlook as well, but maybe I don´t have the two synced. I only use Outlook for email purposes (even though we also have gmail accounts), and never its calendar feature.
     
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    We mainly use it for day to day activities.... classwork, papers, projects etc. For those we pretty much just use their drive and google docs, google presentations. We have used wevideo to create PSAs. Google hangouts and google chat so they can work together outside of school.

    One thing you have to make sure that you do is if you are using a template or website that you build or planned on any computer that is not a chromebook, you should check to make sure it is supported on a chromebook. I have had a few things planned that I planned on a macbook... and we got to class and they didn't work on the chromebook.
     

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