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Drive - Push Yourself (Lesson 4 Of 30)

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Today we talk about admin and logistics. This topic might seem very boring compared to Canva or Audacity, but it is a game changer in the ESL world. Drive, more than another tool, has transformed my life as a teacher. It allows educators to share folders with students, and by doing so, teachers and students can exchange text documents, audio, video, and images. Students can create portfolios to submit work and take PPP beyond the realm of multiple choice quizzes and written assignments. Drive is a wonder tool for teachers interested in Task-based learning. Later will learn how students can submit creative works via a phone too.

Drive also makes it easy to manage large groups of people. For example, there are 700 people on the email list for this course. About 50% open the email for each lesson. About 20% of the people write or do the homework. For the teacher, that's a lot of work. But with Drive, I can manage because it can take away a lot of the simple tasks. For example, once the teacher shares a folder, they do not have to download work. They do not have to remind students where to submit work. They can grade materials in bulk. And as we will see in lesson #6 with Forms and Sheets, grading is actually much easier in a portfolio. And more meaningful.

So the lesson today is to do the following:

1) Watch the videos about using Drive

2) Fill out this form to share a folder with me if you want to do homework and get feedback.

3) Once your folder is shared on my end, please submit your audio and image for Audacity and Canva in our shared folder.

You do not need to fill out the form and use Drive, but it makes is much, much easier for me to respond to work if you do. Also, as for sharing your work with other students (teachers,) that just means I will take your audio or image and move it to a common shared file for everyone to view. I will not share your folder with anyone else.

On a final note, thanks to all the people who wrote emails and submitted work. I will get back to you all tomorrow or this weekend. 

That's all for now. Thanks and talk to you tomorrow!

Todd

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Notes, Tips and Tricks!

SAAS stands for Software as a Service, which means software that you access online at a remote server. Blogger, Drive and Forms are all SAAS because you do not download them.

Audacitiy is a tradictional software in that you need to download it.

Evernote is a hybrid, like Dropbox in that you can sync it to your computer but to operate effectively, you need an online account.

For the course, you need to have a Gmail Account but once you have a Gmail account you get to access all the other Google Products for free from that account. In other words, once you have an account you can create content on Forms, Drive, and Blogger without having to create a new account!

Did you know?

On Blogger, you can create multiple blogs under one account, which is perfect for teachers with different classes of varying levels or subject matter.

Box and Dropbox are two other great free file hosting and sharing services that rival Drive. Also, for people not interested in using the Google eco-system of products, they can use Joomla, Wordpress, Wix, or Weebly just as effectively. They are all free too!

 

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