Teach Students Google Drive First!!!

Recently I discovered tweenagers know very little about storing or accessing Documents saved in Google Drive. The reality hit me after viewing a student opening a document from the Doc Icon located in the Google APP Launcher. I thought another language was rolling off my tongue when I asked, “Was the document saved in your ELA Folder?” The student said yes it is in my Google Doc and proceeded to open the doc icon. This told me the student didn’t realize there is one storage place  where  all doc, slides, sheets, drawings and etc… can be organized inside of subject specific folders.

OPENING A DOC USING GOOGLE DOC ICON

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OPENING A DOC USING GOOGLE DRIVE ICON

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PROS & CONS for LOCATING GOOGLE DRIVE DOC

PROS

  1. Students have documents organized by content areas
    • Use Subfolders
  2. Google drive can be used as a student portfolio
  3. Can view all subject specific content when folder is open
    • Not limited to document file type
  4. Student learns organizational skills
  5. Reinforces understanding of cloud storage
  6. Easy to find older files
  7. Better understanding of the value for different file types

CONS

  1. Takes longer to find and open a recent doc
  2. Document doesn’t open in Template view

 

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