I recently posted this on my Google+ profile, and it has generated a lot of activity. More than anything else I’ve done. Last week I had a student tell me that he forgot his assignment at home. I asked him, “did you create it using your Google Drive account?” He had, so we just grabbed one of the school’s computers, brought it up, and he shared it with me. At that moment I realized that I don’t ever need to hear a student say, “I left my work at home.” Google Drive completely eliminates that problem I used to deal with repeatedly ten years ago. So I began to think about other problem sentences I used to hear from my students. OK, the stapler sentence isn’t a problem sentence, but I did want to give a shout out to how well Google Drive helps me go paperless.
Google Drive tip: Have your students “turn in” their work before they even start it. The first steps in every assignment are as follows.
- Create a document.
- Rename the document ex: “Lastname_Antigone_Essay”
- Share the document with me, and let me edit it.
I then move all of the documents into a folder. Then on the day the assignment is due, my students ask, “how do I turn my essay in,” I respond, you turned it in two weeks ago.