Now that we’ve explored converting your lesson plan book to a digital format, you may be looking for a way to digitize and save all of your lesson plans, presentations and resources. One of my summer projects has been trying to organize all of my files so they are in one location. I have worked on paring down some of my teaching files so that I no longer have to look through three drafts and various locations to find my final rubric. With Google Drive I can organize my files and access them anytime from anywhere- my school computer, my home computer, my iPad, and even my smartphone!
Google Drive is the new Google Documents. It is very similar to Evernote and Dropbox, two other cloud based storage sites. With Google Drive you can store your documents, forms, and presentations. Google Drive offers 5GB of storage for free! You can store Mircosoft Office products (Word documents) or simply create them using Google products (Google documents.) I have created folders for art projects, which allows me to organize all the files I need for that art project. I also color coded the folder to help me visually see which team (grade level) each project relates too.
Check out the video on how to use Google Drive in the Art Room
This upcoming school year I plan to scan any handouts, brochures, or items that I would like to use so my files are digitized and organized. This will also allow me to post to my classroom website for easy student and parent communication. The best advantage of Google Drive for me is that I can never lose it and have everything I need no matter where I go!
Have you tried Google Drive before? How do you utilize this platform?
Have you used any other cloud based storage program? Let us know what you think!
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