How to Enrich Course Delivery Using Google Tools

Dr. Lyne Ssebikindu
Dr. Lyne Ssebikindu
Elementary school principal; Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Teacher uses a tablet computer teaching an elementary school lesson.

What are Google Tools?

Google is the most influential and prevalent of the commercially available internet search engines, featuring hundreds of products to meet needs in presenting, creating, locating, and preserving information in a digital format.

Google Tools is the brand of most current programs for data and digital solutions in the classroom since the pandemic. Because Google is one of the most used, commercially available internet search engine, it easily connects parents, educators, students, and pertinent other resources.

In the realm of education and edtech, Google’s impact is monumental. Its constant updates and innovations make technology indispensable in the delivery of educational services in the virtual, traditional, and hybrid classroom.

How can Tech Impact Course Delivery?

Blended Classrooms

Blended classrooms are composed of virtual, traditional, and hybrid classrooms and feature online interaction between students and educators, usually structured around non-traditional modalities including interactive off-site presentations, demonstrations, and simulated experiences.

In a blended classroom educators give feedback to the students in a timely manner. The teacher can grade students’ work immediately which frees up the teacher to attend to other responsibilities. This makes course delivery easier and can increase quantity of course delivery since the teacher has more time in their schedule.

Educational technology had begun to bridge the communication gap between parents, educators, the districts, and its’ students before the pandemic started. Still, the suddenness and unpredictability of the shutdowns necessitated a coherent and practical option for instruction delivery. The solution had to expedite the resumption of school while appealing parents’ willingness to enter into dynamic partnerships with the district, administrators, and educators.

The blended classroom was the model solution that was launched within six months of the national quarantine, rolling out dozens of iterations of the model now indispensable to educators worldwide.

Most gratifying is the impact of technology in the classroom on the quality, quantity, timeliness, and diversity of source material and perspectives as a result of the information communicated by technology’s many platforms and utilities.

Because of the reliance upon technology in all aspects of our routines, parents and students can avail themselves to content and curriculum presented in multiple formats, packaged into online classes which meet the standards and include links and references apropos to interested viewers. The boon to all parties is the ease of establishing and maintaining effective communication and advocacy for the student.

Technology has encouraged participation of students and parents in the educational processes by appealing to and accommodating variances in learning styles, assessment methods, problem solving, and expedient responses. Conducting the blended classroom was unimaginable before technology appeared as the best option in a crisis which reset our ways of living.

Tech can remove stigmas and obstacles from education for any motivated learner, and prescient personal benefits aid both educator and student when attending daily and lifelong learning. The possibilities are endless when exploiting the limitless availability of world-class instruction available to and through globally-informed and well-prepared professional educators.

Ways to Enrich Course Delivery with Google Tools

We are going to discuss some Google tools that educators can use to send materials, assignments, and monitor student progress. Educators can use these tools to collaborate with their students and the outcome will be improved student achievement. For many, Google is simple to use, so using this platform help teachers free up some more time to teach other courses.

Below are some tools teachers in the classroom can use to impact course delivery:

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the “search engine” supplying the vehicle by which all internet services occur. Chrome is the conduit that displays and supplies all Google production, from email to document creation, audio files to live and recorded visual content, and templates and limitless options for the digital media presentation.

Google Calendar

Google Calendar is the app that educators can use to create schedules, organize, and keep in  various formats including grids, tables and narrative formats which can then be synched with accounts of other authorized users.

The impact is that documented communication exists indefinitely and interactively. Classroom assignments, events, appointments, and other significant entries are just a few of the common uses for Calendar. Using this tool gives the teacher more control of their classrooms.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a tool or platform which allows documents or other file types to be created, revised, shared and preserved indefinitely. Like the other tools presented here, it is free of any direct cost to the user. Drive allows data to be synced across all commercially available operating systems so that parents and educators can connect on-demand.

Any user with a Google account can be linked and access the educator, the classroom notes, schedules, assignments, materials, and recorded instruction. Drive is easily downloadable and 15 GB of data capacity spread across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos.

Google Drive gives teachers more control of their classrooms because educators can gather all their lessons in one hub. This can free up their time to address other needs.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is the free website that connects users with options of live or streaming audio-visual content in the classroom, including presentations, assignments, grades, external links for additional resources, and conversations among any consumers with a Google account and a device with Wi-Fi. Hosts and guests can initiate conversations via chat messaging, emojis, and as voice participants.

The application enables registered users to create a website which mimics television programming features such as:

  • Live and simulcast A/V broadcasts
  • Streaming
  • Static and graphics content including PowerPoint
  • Interactive meetings
  • Voiceover capability
  • Interactive audio
  • Visual capability
  • Interconnectivity to other platforms

This tool gives the educator the ability to collaborate with their students and execute their lessons promptly.

Google Docs

Google Docs is the tool through which documents are created, stored, and shared, and it offers multiple style preferences and applications within documents including:

  • Colorization
  • Orientation
  • Layout options
  • Size and font menus in varying sizes
  • Artistic techniques
    • Shadowing
    • Stretching
    • Framing the content

This tool makes it easy for educators to access their students’ work for grading, revision, and more.

Google Blogger

Google Blogger is the platform that allows Google account users to create ongoing channels of posts and commentary presented in text, graphic, or a combination of visual media which may be augmented by audio, streaming, or pre-recorded projections. Educators can use this tool to connect with individuals and resources around the globe.

Because a blog is a social network application, and though it is helpful in linking students in dialog or projects, for the educational viability of this medium it is practical to require users to sign an agreement specifying the standards and protocols for use. The agreement must be enforced through monitoring or settings designed into the format of the blog which maintains content quality, integrity, and safety for its users.

Google, Google tools, and the internet, in general, have become intrinsic to the home, community, goods and service providers, and the universe of communication.

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