Cloud Storage Using Google Drive

ISP assigns Google Apps accounts to children from Grade 3. This automatically provides each child with a storage space in Google Drive. We could use Google classroom, but we’ve continued our legacy processes. Here’s how we set up storage:

  • Each student creates a class folder with subfolders for each subject
  • The class folder is shared with the classroom teacher with edit privileges
  • Folders for single subject/specialist teachers are shared with them with edit privileges
  • Each teacher creates a Class Students 2015-2016 folder and adds each student’s folder to it
  • The teacher creates a folder to share work with students (read only by students)
  • The teacher creates a folder where students can share items with each other or with the teacher

Naming conventions are very important when using Google Drive. They enable users to search and find files more efficiently. We use the naming convention of Class Firstname Description e.g. 4P Damianne Math. When there are 2 or more students with the same first name, we append the first initial of the last name e.g. 4P DamianneP Math. Get in the habit yourself and get students in the habit of naming files and folders accurately when they create them, and putting them in the correct folder from the start.

If you do this in Google Classroom, and find the process to be more streamlined with a similar setup, please let me a comment.

Google Apps Exploration


Google apps has a host of features that can be used for communication and collaboration. Today, we will explore some of these features and consider their uses in our classrooms.

What is Google Docs?


Task 1

Create a word processing document in Google doc, share it with someone else in the workshop and work on it with him/her. Can you both edit at the same time? How can you structure your collaborate to reduce the risk of accidental overwriting/incorrect text ordering?

See how other teachers and students use Google Docs

Google Calendar

Exploring the Google Calendar Interface

Creating a New Calendar in Google Calendar

Google Tasks

Task 2

  1. Create a calendar of assessments for one of your classes.

  2. Create a shopping list using tasks.

  3. How can Tasks help you with your organization at home? work?

Google Forms

Task 3

Google Form Assignment

  1. Use Google Form to create a survey that asks at least 3 questions (of different types e.g. short answer, multiple choice, paragraph.)
  2. Share your survey with the participants in this workshop.
  3. Post the title and link to your survey / Google Form on this shared Google Spreadsheet
  4. Take a colleague’s survey.
  5. At the end of the session, create a wiki page with the results of your survey.

Related Google Documents Tutorials for Education

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