Posted by Christy Williams on November 2nd, 2016
Google has a clearly defined mission, “To organize the world’s information and make it universally acceptable and useful.” This concept is evident in the tools that they create and make available to the general public. Many of these creations prove to be valuable resources in the classroom for both teachers and students. Among these tools are products that make collaboration, editing, research, and meetings easier to accomplish.
Five features of Google that help teachers and students:
- Google Docs – Google Docs is Google’s word processing program. It allows sharing and collaboration of documents between users. Multiple users can have access and editing authority on one single document. This is useful for collaborative writing projects. Teachers can access the documents as well to make comments and suggest edits to students without making changes to the document. The voice command feature allows students to search the net or type without touching the keyboard.
- Google Research Tool – Google Research Tool provides an opportunity for users to search the web for resources. Resources, articles, quotes and images can be linked and cited within the document with one click. Dictionaries, tables and personal resources can also be included using the Research Tool.
- Google Forms – Google Forms can be used for a number of purposes within the educational environment. Teachers and students can create surveys that aggregate the data into Google Spreadsheets. Like Google Docs, the forms can be shared among users. Examples of Google Form uses include contact and information collection, homework assignments, surveys, rubrics and exit tickets.
- Google Hangouts – Hangouts is the communication tool by Google. Users can text, voice chat and video conference. The feature can be used one-on-one or for groups. Hangouts is useful for study and project groups. Teachers could use Hangouts for tutorials and conferences outside of the classroom.
- Google Classroom – Google Classroom was created to provide classroom support for teachers. Teachers can create multiple virtual classrooms with message boards and assignment trackers. Students can access documents and submit assignments in a virtual learning environment. Real time feedback and grades are available using the Classroom features.
Google transforms traditional learning with forms, virtual meetings, shared documents and more. Real time collaboration and tools for increased accuracy coupled with easier research citations make projects less demanding for students.
Those same tools make life easier for teachers. Communication and collaboration are perhaps the most prominent attributes of the various Google features available. Google’s wide range of features make teaching and learning much easier and organized.