For the last month I have been trying to find the best ways to organise the immense amount of paperwork and notes that accumulate in a classroom.
I have been using both Evernote and Google Drive on a number of devices to see which one would suit me for taking notes and sharing files with my students. I have been following Bec Spinks’ series on using Evernote in the classroom and she is very convincing on why teachers should use it. After using both tools regularly, though, I have decided to use Google Drive this year, and here is why:
- Using Drive I can access my notes on any device without having to install any programs (which is really important when installing things on Department of Education computers can be painful).
- Drive allows me to access my documents offline, just like Evernote.
- I can organise my notes in Drive however I like – I am not bound by ‘notebooks’ and ‘stacks’. If I want a document in a class folder within a subject folder, within a teaching folder, I can.
- Drive is fully searchable, including images that you have not tagged.
- I can include all the forms and files I use on my class Google Site in Drive, so it is all in one place.
- The learning curve for Evernote is small, but the learning curve for Drive is practically non-existant.
- I can very easily share documents with the my students, so I can keep any assignment notes in the same place, without them needing to download anything either.
Drive has made everything easier and more organised. Creating, finding, sharing and collaborating on notes is just simple using Drive.
How have you used Drive in your teaching?