To tech or not to tech - incorporating Google for Education

Jamie Edwards
20th September 2017
Female teacher

Middle and high school English expert Jamie Edwards aka write on! shows that you can teach an old teacher new tricks.

How have you previously used technology in the classroom?

I’m the first to admit that I tend to be more of an “old-school” type of teacher.  My English teacher’s heart weeps when I see apps and programs with made-up words that combine parts of other words (usually with “ed”, “edu”, etc, thrown in there somewhere) to create a catchy, techie name.  However, I must admit that I am LOVING Google Classrooms and I encourage all teachers, if you're not familiar with this wonderful teaching tool, to become familiar with it.  

In a nutshell what is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom ties Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, and Gmail together to help educational institutions go to a paperless system. Like my digital Common Core aligned expository writing unit - these lessons come with Google Docs and Google Slides, ready to be uploaded to your Google Classroom.  No more carrying stacks of papers home – just click and grade!  

What are some of your favorite things to do with Google Classroom?

Add lesson materials from ANYWHERE:  I can just add my narrative writing lesson from the comfort of my bed or couch, depending on how mobile I am.

Check Student Progress: This is so much fun to do! Using the checklist found in my argumentative lesson bundle I can see how my students are going during the class and send them messages in real time.   

Immediate Feedback: When I’m teaching a lesson I consider especially challenging, I can post a question about their understanding of the topic and instantly see their answers.  This allows me to adjust in midstream and not have to ask students to admit it in front of their peers.

Grade Assignments: Google Classroom flags every assignment as “not done,” “done,” “late” or “done late”.  There’s also a place to leave feedback for the student and assign a grade.

I’m officially a convert and enjoy making and integrating the Google suite of apps into all of my resources so they’re Google Classroom ready.

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