With more and more schools adopting google’s suite of applications, there are an increasing number of teachers and students learning to navigate gmail, drive, youtube, blogger, and the rest of google’s offerings for the first time. Many tech-savvy people are already familiar with google’s products and can quickly adapt them to an educational setting, but there are many teachers and students who are operating this software for the first time. Getting started can be intimidating.
Last year I experimented with one google account for my class in December, and my school implemented the entire suite of apps in January (which coincided nicely with the gafe summit (and the start of Coetail)). I was all in. In fact, looking back at my blog from that time, the first ten posts all dealt with google in some form.
This school year, although my students had accounts from the first day, I’ve waited to get started. We have used google occasionally, but when I asked them to sign into their accounts last week, more than a fourth of my class couldn’t remember their passwords, a sign of infrequent use.
Forgotten passwords aside, I’m ready to get back into it, and for the aforementioned teachers who don’t know where to start, I thought I would document a few things that will help you along the way.
If you’re new to google apps for education, the first thing you should do is put your students’ emails into your contacts list. After that, it’s time to set up two folders in drive that will allow you to share documents with your students. If that sounds complicated, don’t worry, I’ve created a quick video to show how it works:
This will be basic for many Coetail readers, but I’m hoping to share other tips in the coming weeks, and I’d love to see how others are using google in their classrooms.