Sunday, December 14, 2014

Digilit Sunday - Google Classroom

      I love that Margaret Simon has started a Sunday Link Up for posts about digital literacy at her blog to challenge us to share our technology journeys.
     This past Monday, I attended a new Google training in our school.  I'm so happy our school gives us these opportunities.  They're optional, but I try to take them when I can because I come away with more digital tools to use in the classroom.
     This one was on using Google Classroom.  It was great!  We can start using it now, so I'm going to play around with it a little over break and see what I can do.  I'm excited about it and fortunate to have Chromebooks available for all my students when they're in my class.
     Speaking of Chromebooks, it was fun to watch my students collaborate on their script-writing this week using Google Docs.  We had the flu and stomach virus run around our school last week, and one student was on vacation, so many group members were gone.  However, they felt well enough to work at their computers a few times throughout the day and help with the scripts from home.  The groups were also able to finish up from home so they could all perform on Friday.  They just scheduled a "meeting" time in order to be on their computers at the same time so they could collaborate.  In years past, when students wrote the scripts by hand, there were problems.  One student had to do all the work, it took FOREVER, and kids couldn't look at the work and make suggestions and give input.  Technology is amazing!


  1. I can see how Google Docs would revolutionize collaborative writing. Do you have problems with students who for whatever reason do not work from home? Mine often promise they will and don't. I don't think I will assign any work over Christmas. I did for Thanksgiving because I was gone the last few days before their break and many didn't do it. I don't want to be worrying about it over Christmas. We will start strong in January.

  2. Thanks for the video on Google Classroom. I have been interested in finding out more. I have been using Google Drive with teachers to house resources and it is a great tool. Thank you for sharing.