Using Google Drive

The following are ways to specifically use Google Drive to help practice technology skills. It's important to remember that steps to execute some of these tasks in Google are slightly different than will appear on the PARCC testing site. However, it's important for students to be able to transfer these skills across various platforms.

Using Google Documents, students can practice basic keyboarding and word processing skills to write stories, papers, letters, etc.  

Some extensions include...
  1. Practice highlighting phrases in their writing to show examples of vocabulary or elements of a story (plot, character, conflict, theme, or setting).
  2. Practice drag/drop by moving sentences from one part of their writing to another (by using their cursor to move the sentence and drop it into a new location).
  3. In some cases, students are asked revise an already created writing sample.  Students can practice peer-editing each other's works and make revisions.  By using the "Revision History" tool, teachers can see what changes were made by each student.
 Using Google Slides, students can create presentations to practice basic computer skills.

Some extensions include...
  1. By using pre-made templates and manipulating parts of slides, students can practice drag and drop skills (such as images and shapes). 
  2. Students can practice creating questions with content to quiz their peers.
  3. Students can highlight, bold, and italicize fonts to practice manipulating text.
 Using Google Sheets, students get practice manipulating data and creating/looking at graphs.

Some extensions include...
  1. Students can format and outline cells to create shapes and incorporate measurement equations (area and perimeter).
  2. Teachers can create graphs and provide data in tables with missing values. Students can calculate missing numbers based on trends in graph.
 Using Google Forms, teachers can create quizzes, questionnaires, and forms for students to complete to practice online "testing".

Some extensions include...
  1. Forms offers various types of questions including drop down lists, choosing all that apply, and multiple choice. By using various types of questions, students will learn to navigate the technology to answer content specific questions.
  2. Forms allows for the embedding of images and movies in questions. By adding these elements, students learn to navigate and analyze media before answering.
  3. By using Forms to help "test" students, teachers get valuable feedback on answer choices in the form of a Google Sheet.  Teachers can use this data to analyze how well students are able to answer content-specific questions, as well as navigate the technology.

 Using Google Drawings, students can practice creating shapes with the line and shape tools.

Some extensions include...
  1. Teachers can provide shapes and student can use lines to cut the images in various forms.