Many of the schools that have introduced iPads in the
classroom also use the Google Apps for Education suite. Unfortunately these two do not always mix well together. Using Google Apps on the iPads has always been quite tedious, but today Google updated its Google Drive app that solves many of the problems.
Previously if you wanted your students to collaborate on a Google Document on an iPad the document would be quite sluggish and would often crash. There hadn’t been a good alternative for it yet either.
Collaboration is now possible with the Google Drive app. It run smoothly and makes it very easy for multiple students to work together in the same app. So far I’ve only tried using it across my phone, ipad and macbook, but I’ll be testing the limits in class tomorrow. Hopefully it will still run smoothly with >25 students in one document.
- Edit Google documents with formatting and collaboration.
- Richer Google presentations with animations and speaker notes.
- Create a new folder or document.
- Upload photos and videos from your device or photo from the camera.
- Move an item to a folder in your Drive.
- Delete and remove files from your Drive.
- Drive is now available in over 30 languages.
During my English lessons I often make students write lengthy pieces of text. Having the students share their work with me in a document in a folder gives me an easy overview of how well a student is doing at each moment in time.
However for class notes or writing big class assignments I’d still chose Notability and Pages respectively as they have more features. But if collaboration is your goal, then Google Drive is the way to go.
We still have to wait for further updates to edit Google Spreadsheets and Presentations but this is a big step forward that will help the teaching staff and students at my school tremendously.
Watch the Google Drive video below for more info.