I’ve been using Google Classroom in the classroom with students for 3 years. At first, there were few of us who dared to jump in. I’ve seen a lot more people using it lately. I have already explained in one article that Moodle and Classroom are different things to me. Neither better nor worse. In any case, Classroom is better suited to my way of managing the classroom. Following several conversations I’ve had lately, this article explains how I use it. It’s not the best way, nor the only way. But I share it in case it can be an inspiration or just to find out how NOT to use it 😉
In an educational centre, it is important to know what students do with digital tools. In a previous post, I explained the audit options available from the domain management console. But sometimes we need something else. Can we see what emails sends a user? Can we see files they haven’t shared with anyone? Administrators can do it with Google Vault. In this article we will see some functionality, but it is not intended to be an exhaustive description of the tool.
Just as tablets appeared a few years ago and spread in many schools, it now seems clear that it is the turn of the Chromebooks. I have been using them for two years and, as I have said on more than one occasion, I am very happy and, for the time being, I am not changing them.
When you start working with Chromebooks, one of the first doubts that comes up is the issue of licensing. Google offers free G Suite for education, but Chromebooks licenses must be paid for. Each one is worth 23 € + VAT (28 US$ + VAT) and is valid for the entire life of the computer. You only pay once. Is it worth paying for? Without the license, can’t we still work? In this article I explain my experience and recommendations.
A few weeks ago, Google added the Team Units to the Drive. The truth is that they looked very good and I immediately tried them. After all this testing time, I have decided not to use them in the centre. In this article I explain the reasons. (more…)