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15 Expert Google Drive Tips for Teachers

15 Expert Google Drive Tips for Teachers

By Jessica Sanders

Google Drive makes your life easier and encourages collaboration and 21st century skill development among your students. Make sure you’re getting the most of out this free tool with these expert tips.

1. Use Google Docs templates. With more than 300 to choose from, you can create Pinterest-worthy docs in a fraction of the time. (TeachThought)

2. Color code your files to differentiate between students, classes, assignments and more. (Imagine Easy)

3. Use CSS editing to change the display of your doc—encourage students who are new to coding to do this as part of an assignment. (TeachThought)

4. Mark docs as viewed or unviewed to create a quick glance-and-go list of the most important documents. (TeachThought)

5. Disable printing, copying and downloading on files that are meant just for you or a select group of people. Find this in advanced sharing settings. (Google for Education)

6. Create your own custom reading comprehension assessments by inserting a video or reading passage into a Google Form along with the comprehension questions. (Blog.Learn2Earn)

7. Color code live comments to keep an online discussion organized. (TeachThought)

8. Use Kaizena to leave voice comments for students. (Edudemic)

9. Use Revision History to hold students accountable for their work. (Becky Evans)

10. Create admin notifications to be alerted about suspicious activity within Google Drive. (Google for Education)

11. Use shortcuts to perform dozens of actions within Drive quickly and easily. (Educational Technology)

12. Track discipline referrals school-wide so you can begin recognizing patterns. (Becky Evans)

13. Easily place images and text side by side in Google Docs by creating a border, width zero. (Blog.Learn2Earn)

14. Share all documents as “each student gets a copy”—each doc is then titled with the name of the document and name of the student, making it easy to keep track of who has what. (Alice Keeler)

15. Make certain docs, sheets, presentations or forms available offline so you can access and edit anywhere. (Eduspire)

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