Going Google - Drive or Classroom
September 15, 2015

Going Google - Drive or Classroom

Emily Phelan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Google Classroom

Google Classroom is being used on a regular basis by most of the teachers in my building. It's a great way to share documents / readings / activities with students without printing the items. Students work in Google and submit their work back to the teacher using Google Classroom. It really does help the students find and work on documents. It does have one HUGE drawback. It won't let you share a folder with the students, only single documents.

Many students have trouble staying organized and teachers used to be able to share a folder in Google Drive and have the students make their own copy. This kept all the documents for a unit of study in one location. It seems that recently Google Drive has removed that ability. It seems now that in Google Drive the students can see the folder, but can no longer easily make their own copy.

Now that teachers can only share one document at a time whether in Drive or Classroom, it seems we might as well use Google Classroom to share and then try to help students with the resulting mayhem on the Drive side as they organize their documents.

  • Google Classroom allows you to easily see who has turned in work.
  • Google Classroom allows you to quickly access and comment on documents.
  • Google Classroom allows you to easily locate a document, see what students are working on and give comments in real time.
  • Google Classroom should really allow users to upload entire folders of work, not just single documents.
  • With younger users, the ability to change font / size / color in the directions would be quite helpful.
  • Google Classroom has lessened the paper expense for the building.
Google Classroom is easier overall to manage, but you can only share a single document and not an entire folder.

Google Classroom with its new updates allows you to ask the class a question AND require that each student respond BEFORE they can see the other class responses. This is a wonderful improvement that will be used often in my class.

It might not be the best way to go if you are trying to share 6 documents for a unit of study. Students will need to then go to their drive and gather the documents into a single folder.