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Google Drive Interactive Notebook Activities in the World Language Classroom

Why should I use Google Drive Interactive Notebooks in my classroom and how do I do it?

Why?  High student engagement, high visual content, paperless, glueless, and student driven.

Google Drive Interactive Notebook Activities in the World Language Classroom!  Go paperless!  Go digital!

Paper interactive notebook activities are guaranteed to get students hands-on and involved in your classroom but going digital amps up student interest and ensures all hands and minds are busily engaged in the process of learning.

Secondly, Google Drive is the perfect platform for the visuals necessary to keep students thinking in the target language without the use of English (or L1).  Take a look at the visuals in this Spanish House and Chores Google Drive Activity (click on image to see more details):

Answers Google House INB p. 1

Here is a Google Drive Activity for the French Classroom Objects:


Also, the time NOT spent gluing and cutting is used for learning and you are not left with glue sticks strewn on your classroom floor.  (Although my students do not glue because I am always blessed with T.A.s  who cut, fold and glue for me but not everyone has that luxury.)

Lastly, students are busy teaching themselves and finding answers.  You, the teacher, are not doing a song-and-dance hoping to engage anyone interested and/or awake.  Students are also producing language in context, not just moving objects.  Here is an example of an activity in which students write complete sentences as they are learning the vocabulary for sports:

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Google Drive Activities are excellent assignments for homework, also, particularly on the block schedule when most instructional time should be devoted to comprehensible input and communicative proficiency.  However, those without a computer would have to do the assignments in the computer lab.  In that case, I always give extra time to turn in the assignment.

Are you hooked?  So, HOW do you do it?  That will be my next blog: How to Use Google Drive Activities in Your Classroom

If you missed the previous blogs about Interactive Notebook Activities, click here: Interactive Notebooks