Google Drive- Why Mac loves it
If I could marry any one online productivity tool it would SO be Google Drive.
Convenience- access files from any device with an internet connection
Peace of Mind- computer crash? No problem, I've still got my files online.
Collaboration- seemless editing when I share my documents with friends, family, and colleagues.
Major "Programs" in Google Drive
Top Three Programs you AND your students will probably use:
Docs = Microsoft Word
Sheets = Microsoft Excel
Slides = PowerPoint
Another program you may find useful for collecting simple info (surveys, easy quizzes, etc) is Google Forms.
Google Drive Guides
Here are various resources to help you get started with Google Drive!
Handout for OE students- Ms. Mac created document-- covers logging in, basic functions of creating, sharing, printing, downloading a document
Google Drive official guide- PDF file- getting started, creating and sharing documents and folders, and a few organizational tips
Official Google Directions for Specific Google Drive Programs:
Google Drive- slightly more advanced- getting organized in Drive
Tricks for Using Drive with Students
Practice assignment-- have them practice sharing a basically empty file with you so you can see that they all know how to do it. Open your Drive on the projector screen so they can watch for their files to appear!
File name protocol-- make sure students always name their files the same way so that it's easy for you to organize. I prefer "Last Name Block # Assignment name" Example "McNerney 4 College Essay"
Sharing-- make sure students share with you and give you permission to edit. Ask them to uncheck the box to send you an email alert (otherwise you'll end up with a really cluttered email inbox)
Tracking changes-- if you would ever like to see how a document looked at a particular time use the "File --> See Revision History" option and select the date/time version you would like to see. (Helpful if you think a student changed something after the due date!)