Today, I’ve decided to talk to you about a technology released in 2012 but that I have only started using this year. As a university student, Google Drive comes in very useful. It simplifies a lot team work because it is synched so, when someone writes something, everyone connected on the document sees the change instantly.
Personally, I truly enjoy using Google Drive. Some discrete but useful features of the program makes creating documents a simpler process than it has ever been. For instance, one can locate his teammate in the document by simply clicking on the little square belonging to the person.
Looking back to my first year in the BEALS program, I realize that I must have used Google Drive about twelve times in only one year. All this to say: it is quite simple to use as a student. As for the teacher’s perspective, Google Drive comes in handy when correcting paper. In fact, no need to transfer the document to somewhere else, because Google Drive is the perfect system to add comments on the students’ work. When comments are added, they appear on the right hand side of the page, which I find makes them really easy to spot for students. The comments are also linked to mistake or segment spotted by the teacher. Therefore, it is really easy for students to give and receive feedback from peers, since there is a chat system integrated, and teacher.
Moreover, with Google Drive, people can do team work anywhere, anytime. Only in one year of using it, it already saved me a few 2-hour drives. Actually, when combined with Skype or Facetime, doing teamwork virtually is almost as easy as when doing it face-to-face. In fact, in this blog, the author tells her experience of the advantages and shortcomings of using Google Drive in ESL classroom as she had the chance to use it as a teaching tool. According to her article, there are many advantages in using Google Drive and the shortcomings seems to be only due to the fact that interaction through technology does not equal the value of real live communication. For a direct link to her blog, click here!
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