Trouble-Shooting Google Drive Activities: Don’t Make these Five Mistakes | Best PowerPoints for Spanish | Angie Torre

Trouble-Shooting Google Drive  Activities: Don’t Make these Five Mistakes

     My students LOVE the Google Drive Interactive Activities that go along with the Power Points.  I love that they are so engaged and learning and that I have a wonderful resource for in-class as well as homework activities.  However, I had to work out the kinks first so as not to lose classroom instructional time.  Here are some DON’Ts that I learned that I would like to pass on to you.

Trouble-Shooting Google Drive Activities: Don't make these five mistakes.

Mistake #1.  Share the same Power Point with two different classes.  I’m not really sure why that didn’t work.  Maybe some students in the first class forgot to “make a copy” or do something they needed to do which made it difficult for the next class. The next time, I shared a different copy of the Power Point with each class and the activity went off without a hitch!  Onto the next activity!

Mistake #2:  Forget to tell them to click, “shared with me”.  Otherwise you will be walking around helping students who cannot access your Power Point.Point.

Mistake #3:  Forget to tell them to make a copy.  If they don’t make a copy, they will be modifying your copy which makes more work for you because you have to go back and fix it.  Also, the student will not be able to move the pieces or modify the Power Point.

Mistake #4:  Forget to tell them to replace the title of the Power Point with their own name.  If they do not write their name in, you will not know whose work it is and, therefore, will not be able to assign a grade.

Mistake #5:  Put the Power Point on the school system and then try to access it for another purpose.  If you would like to access your Power Point for another purpose outside of the class (to share it with someone not affiliated with your school) your system may not allow you to do so.  You CAN download it as a Power Point and upoad it again but it is a hassle.  Put it in your personal Google Account and that way you can share it with your students and anyone else you want.

If you missed the previous blog about how to use Google Drive Interactive Activities in your class, click here: Google Drive Activities in the World Language Classroom

If you don’t want to make your own Google Drive Activities, save yourself some time and take a look at the digital activities I’ve created.