Teachers should embrace bringing innovative technology into the classroom

student-google-driveIt’s no secret that recent technological changes have altered the face of childhood education. Walk into a classroom these days and you will see laptops, tablets, and even smart phones in addition to the workbooks and classical teaching tools.

Computer literacy has become the norm even among very young students, and it is imperative that teachers keep up. To help with this, here are some simple yet engaging ways to use Google Apps for Education in the classroom.

Google Docs
Google Docs is perhaps the easiest of the Education Apps to implement into the classroom. Essentially, it functions as a web-based word processor, allowing users to create, edit, and collaborate with each other in an online setting.

Google Docs is the perfect tool for collaborative writing and peer editing. Students can post a piece of their own writing and then other students can respond with constructive criticism as well as positive feedback. The teacher can track the comments, and can interject if necessary when criticism is too harsh, or the comments seem misdirected.

(Next page: Using Google Docs and Google Forms)