Today I decided to use Google Apps in the classroom. I was so excited – the Year 8 class were loving it. Something new, something exciting, something to get hold of.
Their task was to, based around their current scheme of work on Indian music, research three Indian instruments (sitar, tambura and tabla) and create a Google presentation. Also, at some point in the lesson, they were to contribute to a class discussion taking place on a Google document shared with the whole class. By sharing a document, it means whoever you want to view/edit it can do so. The cool thing is that when you have editing rights, alongside many other people, you see ‘live’ writing happening on the screen – 28 others all adding their thoughts. Amazing to see. I almost videoed it, I’m that much of a geek.
The presentations that the students completed could also be shared with me, so I can view and mark them either in the lesson or at home/work. I can add ‘comments’ which appear at the side of the screen with a Twitter-esque style format, e.g. “@ewilson168 Can you expand further on that point?” etc. So many possibilities!
Benefits of Google Apps in learning (in no particular order):
- immediate. paperless. printer-less.
- teacher interaction
- student ownership
- collaborative learning/sharing
- lower achieving students can see examples of higher achieving students’ work = motivation
- learning meets the 21st century students
- stimulating for students = something different
- can be accessed at home. easy to access.
- easy to monitor