There are many reasons to use Google Drive as an English teacher.
Personally, I use it for all my documents and spreadsheets which make running my online teaching business much easier.
But in the video below, I specifically look at how you can use Google Documents, Google Presentations, and a very special add-on to work with your students asynchronously.
These tools can be used whether you teach online or offline, and I hope it gives you some ideas of how you can work asynchronously with your learners.
Here is the video:
Use Google Drive for Writing Projects, Audio, and Presentations
In the video, I gave three examples of how you can use Google Drive with your learners.
I explained how to share a document (easy, right?), and then showed a project that one of my students worked on last year.
The idea to do this came from my interview with Mark Barnes (see here), where I asked my learner what type of project he wanted to do. I left it open, explained that it would be a long-term project, and he came back to me with his idea for a book.
Over the next few weeks, he added another chapter (about one page) to his book, and I corrected his work – which he could see through the revision history – and also commented on specific parts of the text to open up a discussion on certain points.
Something that I didn’t mention was that after correcting his work, I formed some questions based on the mistakes he made so he could practice specific structures in the following one-to-one lesson.
Kaizena was recommended to me by Rich Kiker (see his interview here), and although I have only used it on a couple of occasions, I see huge potential with this add-on for Google Docs.
Some ideas for using this with your learners are:
– To give general feedback on a task or project
– To collaborate with your learner on their pronunciation
– To give more speaking practice
If you’re looking for something a little more detailed for speaking feedback, I recommend SoundCloud (example below),
One of my long-term students had a presentation to give for a job interview last autumn (did you notice American English creeping in during the video?).
We used Google Presentations to work together on this. Firstly, he wrote his presentation and his notes, and I then corrected his mistakes in the slides and gave feedback using the comment feature.
In addition, we used SoundCloud so I could give him feedback on his spoken presentation.
(Note: He got the job!)
Instead of taking a one-to-one lesson, it was much more efficient and effective for us to use Google Presentation and SoundCloud.
Over to You
Have you used Google Drive to collaborate with your students?
If so, or if you have any thoughts on this at all, please leave a comment below.