Google Drive

How did I make it through Coetail and not know some of these features of Google Drive? Imbedding a Doc right into a blog post so everyone can see?  Who knew?  Not me.  I tried imbedding  course outline on a page on this blog, and while a tad on the ugly side (could be the theme’s fault – couldn’t be mine, of course!) it’s there!

I am only using Google Drive with my physics class (as opposed to all of my classes) and the students are all brand new to using Google beyond searching and email, which I am sure most users are familiar with. So far, I’m the owner of all the documents we have been using as the class learns to collaborate and add to the docs.

This week, the students are required to hand in a lab report by creating and sharing a doc with me for commenting only. Its a start, but I am hopeful that the students will eventually create and share thier own docs with each other. Each time I do part of a unit, I plan on teaching the students another feature to gradually scaffold them into independent use of Google Drive.

Baby steps – for both me and the students!


I think I’m Becoming a Physics Teacher!

We are one week into our new semester and I’ve begun teaching another new Physics class: Physics 30.  A grade 12 course with an Alberta Diploma exam at the end, there is a lot riding on this course for some of my students who want to get into university.  thankfully, I’m staying ahead, creating solutions keys, locating links, and posting it all in my Google Drive and blog.  The students can have access to my notes anytime and the are expected to contribute and collaborate, not just consume.  Wish me (and my students) luck!