Deirdre Moore | May 2017

Google Drive, Organization, Efficiency and You

Let me start by revealing that I am a recovering Luddite.  At least that is how I described myself to a colleague in tech support as he gave me a tutoring session in Google Forms.  While Forms has been around for a long time, I’m just now finding all of its potential in changing how I teach.  While you may already be lightyears ahead of me on this, when it comes to technology, there’s always someone out there who can use a beginning tutorial.  Now that I put that out on the table, I am excited about Google Drive and what it can do to help me be organized and make my life easier.  If you are a novice with technology like me, I hope this might pique your interest and end up making your life easier too.  If you’re more advanced, go ahead and skip down to the resources area below.

  • Want to learn how to create Pixel Art, Drop Down Menus, or Choose Your Own Adventure quizzes?  Try this article from Certified Google for Education Trainer Shawn Beard.
  • And if you REALLY want to dig deep into everything Google can do for you as a teacher, here’s a comprehensive Google site that has a list of videos, resources, and threads on all kinds of new tips and tricks.

The end of the year can be such a busy time and you may feel like you don’t have the time to try something new.  However, being a resister myself, I can tell you that if you do decide to try it out, if Google Drive seems like a tool that might be useful to you, you won’t regret the time investment.  It will pay off in the end!

About the Author

Deirdre is a teaching artist and AI coach in the San Diego public schools dedicated to helping classroom teachers make arts an integral part of their teaching. Deirdre has an MEd in Arts Integration and over twenty years of classroom and performing arts teaching experience. Email Deirdre.