Believe it or not, you don’t have to pay to use some of the best teaching resources available online.
On a recent episode of The Ananomoulous Educator, I spoke with Dan Taylor, founder and director of AppsEvents. Dan travels around the world, training teachers and educators how to use Google’s resources for their classrooms and schools. We also discussed how you, as an online educator, could take advantage of these resources as well.
Dan started out in software training in the corporate world but quickly realized he preferred working with teachers more than anyone else. Sure, everyone has to make a living, but Dan learned quickly that with teachers “making money is not just a bottom line”.
Thankfully, with the free tools that Google offers, he’s found a way to give back to the teachers that give so much of themselves every day.
Google Classroom Lets Teachers Customize the Learning Experience
Google Classroom, which is free for schools, is an amazing resource for educators. “I think everyone should be using Google Classroom,” Dan says. Teachers can post quizzes and tests, share grades, save important dates, message students and a whole plethora of other impressive tasks.
It streamlines the teaching process and helps package it neatly into an easily accessible platform for everyone. For parents worried about their kids’ safety and security navigating online, Dan says there’s nothing to worry about since “Google takes safety and privacy really seriously.”
G Suite Takes it a Step Further
G Suite may have been designed for businesses, but it works marvellously for teachers as well. For those of you with an online teaching business, it’s perfect!
Dan tells me the online cloud storage alone is a game-changer. If you’ve been using another storage method for most of your business files and data, it’s easily transferable to G Suite.
Online educators could undoubtedly take advantage of G Suite as well. Although you’d have to pay a small yearly fee, the same amazing abilities would be at your fingertips at a fraction of the cost of other similar services, all with less work and energy.
Google Docs Creates a Whole New Dynamic Between Teacher and Student
You’re probably already using Google Docs, but might not know about all the fantastic features it offers for the teacher/student relationship. Not only can you upload and read documents from students, but you could also make comments and suggestions right on the existing text.
Students will be able to go over your notes, make changes and respond. Streamlining this grading process creates an interactive dynamic between teacher and student, not to mention saving hours, or even days between interactions.
Other Great Google Resources to Use in Your Classroom or Business
Besides Google Classroom, G Suite and Google Docs, there are several other great resources to take advantage of. Google Earth, for example, is like having an interactive geography lesson at your fingertips.
Google Sites is also a great way for beginners to learn how to create their own websites and is perfect for someone starting out in the world on online teaching.
So if you’re just getting started with your online business and have no idea where to begin, or you’d like to enhance your teaching experience, take Dan’s advice and check out all of Google’s amazing free resources.
Check out the full episode of the Anomalous Educator with Dan here.