Purpose of the project
The purpose of this course is to show educators how to use Google drive to improve their productivity. By uploading their files to Google Drive teachers do not have to copy files from their home computer to their classroom computer or vice-versa onto a removable storage device and remember to carry the device with them. They could work on the same file from any location be it the library computer, their phone, home computer, classroom computer, whatever be the location. Using Drive teachers do not have to make paper copies of homework assignments, learning material to be distributed to their students. Google drive allows you to share files and links to files easily with different permission levels for example edit, comment and see. They can encourage their students to submit their homework on their drive and send a shareable link to the teacher. This will avoid excuses like my dog ate my homework or spilled breakfast on homework. They can use the collaboration option to work together with teachers teaching the same subject matter at their school. Educators can use the collaboration tools to get their lesson plans reviewed by subject matter experts in the school by sharing a link to the file with them and granting them with comment permission. They can also encourage their students to use Google Drive to collaborate on projects when they work in groups and store all their files in one place so that all group members have access to them when they choose to work on it. This will also ensure that teachers are preparing students for their future by teaching them skills on using computer to do their work.
At the end of this mini course learners will be able to perform the following actions in Google Drive:
- Identify ways in which Google Drive might be useful for them
- Upload and store files
- Organize and search files
- Share and collaborate
Most educators know to use computers for basic tasks like create a properly formatted document, analyzing data analyzing data using a spreadsheet, and create a presentation. Though people use software for doing these tasks they are not fully aware of all that an office productivity software suite like Google drive can do for them. They can access their file from any place on the globe with internet connectivity and work on them once they have saved their file to Google drive. Educators can share their files with anyone across the globe giving them permission to either view, comment or edit the files that they author. People in similar situation like you can share their files with you for you review, edit or comment on it.
Nature of what is to be learned
I am using this mini course to train educators, staff members and students in high school to increase their productivity, enabling people to save time, collaborate easily, and produce higher quality work. The training can be commenced by anyone with basic knowledge on how to operate a computer. Some knowledge of files, how files are stored on one's computer, how you create, edit, delete files might be useful but not necessary.
This course is suitable for anyone who produces documents and uses multiple devices to produce and share documents. This course can be used by educators, students and staff members in an organization.
Instruction will be conducted entirely online. The learners of the course need to have access to computer and Internet connection. You can access the mini-course through the linked wiki pages. The mini-course is developed on Weebly. Weebly is a web-hosting service that lets you create unique website, blog or online store using a drag-and-drop website builder. Learners need not know web designing on Weebly to access the mini course. In each unit the learners will be introduced to the objectives. They will read content, watch videos and see illustrations to understand Google Drive. At the end of each unit is a small assessment created using Google forms to record their understanding. This mini-course will be updated frequently to include the updates to Google drive software suite. The course can be used as a self directed, self-paced learning material.
Instructional problem and solution
Based on my experiences as a technology coordinator, technology trainer and helpdesk consultant, I think that the know how on how to use the available features of Google drive is important for being efficient in one's work and learning. So, there is a need for a mini-course to be used on need basis by students and employees alike. Google drive is a free tool that organizations and small businesses can use to improve the quality of work. All Google drive files are stored in cloud and are accessible to any user on any device. The user of Google drive does not have to worry about carrying any device on them to access their files. They can access it on any device that is available.
The main goal for this mini-course is for participants to learn why we should use Google Drive and to use Google Drive to store, share files and collaborate with others with ease in school or other workplace. By the end of this course students will be able to upload a file onto Drive, then open drive on any computer and be able to access the file they uploaded.They will learn to organize files on the Drive. They will also learn to share their files with team members and learn to update files of team members in real time.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
- access Google Drive and identify the components of the Google interface.
- upload a file from their computer to Google Drive.
- download a file from Drive to their computer.
- delete files and restore accidentally deleted files from Trash.
- will be able to create folders, move files into folders, sort files and star files
- share file with someone else and use collaboration tools to work together on the same document.
Unit 1:Getting Started with Google Drive
- Learners will be able to identify at least two ways in which Google drive is useful to them.
- Learners will also learn the different types of files they can create in Drive.
- Learners will be able to sign up for a Google account if they do not have a Google account.
- Learners will able to identify the main sections of the Google Drive interface.
Unit 2: Uploading and Store files
- Learners will be able to upload files to Drive from their computer.
- Learners will be able to open files and work on them.
- Learners will be able to download files from Drive to their computer.
- Learners will be able to delete files they are not working on and restore files from Trash if they accidentally deleted the files.
Unit 3: Organize and Search files
- Learners will be able to create folders and move files into folders on the Drive.
- Learners will be able to search for files and folders on Drive.
- Learners will be able to sort, star files in Drive.
Unit 4: Sharing and Collaboration
- Learners will be able to Share files, set access levels and visibility.
- Learners will be able to view Drive activity.
- Learners will be able to collaborate to work together on the same file.
Apps Learning Center. (n.d.). Retrieved December 11, 2015, from http://learn.googleapps.com/products/drive/#/list
Google Drive: Sharing and Collaborating. (n.d.). Retrieved December 11, 2015, from http://www.gcflearnfree.org/googledriveanddocs/6.4