Without over-complicating things, Google Drive is a great place to start when it comes to the best Edech in 2020. Why? Well, lets list out some of Google’s principle features, and how they might correspond to education.
First, you have Google calendar. Link this up with your students desired (or school) email address, and they are no longer going to have any excuse for not forgetting homework assignments or to bring in whatever materials required of them on specific dates – Google calendar keeps track of whatever events you stick into it, and can send reminders to your students on specific dates as well just to help give them that extra nudge in completing their homework.
Then you have the likes of Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Presentation – all free internet browser-based applications that allow users to write up documents, complete spreadsheets, and form presentations. Now, these have two main advantages to them.
The first is that all of these applications allow for collaborative working, so if you have a group of students working on a group project and you are worried about their ability to work together even when getting together is prohibited, these applications are going to make it much easier for a group to work on one document. Plus, if you have students looking for live feedback on their work, you can always dip in to leave comments and suggestions on their work ahead of the hand in date, which will of course be fed back to the student(s) in real-time.
The second big advantage to these applications is that students can share their finished projects with you directly via email, meaning that come submission day you can have all of your students work ready to access on your home or work computer – it really is that simple.
Of course, if you don’t want to have your email flooded with different submissions you could always set yourself up an actual Google drive for your different classes, each with their own submission folders tailored to each assignment, as a way of keeping things organized. This way you can keep an easy track on who has, and who hasn’t handed in their work, and it has the added benefit of accepting files other than just Google Docs and they’re like – meaning that students can submit their work in whatever digital format they might choose.