The key to bringing collaboration to your classroom is first understanding how Google Apps for Education works. The YouTube channel, Flipped Classroom Tutorials, is an excellent resource for any educator wanting to harness the true power of Google Apps for Education. Here you’ll find many tips and tricks that will increase your productivity and give you the skills to create your own collaborative classroom.
Google Classroom is a free learning management platform that is perfect for the collaborative classroom. I love this article from Teach Thought as thoughtfully provides a comprehensive list of tips and tricks to support collaborative learning via Google Classroom. Although the list isn’t exclusive to “collaborative” activities I guarantee you’ll find it though provoking!
This video from Google "The Apps Show" is one of my favorites as it motivates both teachers and students to harness the collaborative editing power of Google Apps for Education. This engaging video demonstrates how one can collaborate on editing a document by using features like track changes, suggested edits and comments. The video explains how to utilize revision history so you can review editing changes to your document over time.
Google Keep is often overlooked yet it is one of my favorite productivity apps and has features that allow me to create shareable notes and lists with my students. I can even color code my notes and lists based on their function! Simply navigate to keep.google.com and type in your first note, add a photo and share with your students. Additionally, my students love Google Keep’s shareable notes and checklists when collaborating on long-term projects
Looking for collaborative ideas when using Google Apps in your classroom? This post from the creator of the “Ditch that Textbook” blog will motivate and inspire you! It includes collaborative opportunities for a host of Google Apps for Education apps including Docs, Presentations, Sheets, Drawings, Forms, Hangouts and Sites. Google Presentations, Choose Your Own Adventure and Mystery Hangouts are some of my favorite collaborative opportunities!