Whether you are an online teacher or looking for a way to spice up your teaching in the classroom, most teachers will agree that there is a lot to be said about teaching techniques and the tools used. In 2022, students and teaching boards training teachers want something more from those in education than simply writing on a chalkboard, as was expected in the 1990s. More is expected for children to learn and retain information, and there is more to being a teacher than simply talking in a classroom. So, with the invention of Google and the associated documents and apps, there are now more ways than ever for you to use this program to help your students to learn. In this article, five key ways you can use Google to bolster your learning will be explored.
There is a qualification known as a Google certified educator, which in essence would mean that you are trained in how to use the Google program and all of its affiliates when designing lesson plans. As simple as it sounds, if you are teaching online, this qualification can help you to create files and share them promptly via the internet, ensuring that all of the links within the article(s) are working and that the layout is in an engaging and easy to read format.
YouTube is a great resource for watching vloggers, but it is also a great place to look for documentaries relating to what you are teaching. With the certified educator qualification, you will learn how to search YouTube for the most appropriate videos and information while also knowing how to link these videos, add subtitles, and offer other features of this platform based on your students’ needs. Most students will know how to use YouTube, but by using it in your teaching, you introduce them to a different type of learning.
Virtual Field Trips
Interestingly, Google can even allow you to offer virtual field trips. This is ideal again if you are looking for a way to showcase an environment to your students without spending money on booking trips. This also allows them to attend these field trips as and when they are free. Such field trips are usually available using Google Street View or Maps and can be an easy way for students to see around historic areas, all from the comfort of their own homes.
Google can also help you to organize your classroom routine by offering a place for your students to turn in their assignments when they are completed, such as Google Assignments. It can also help you to keep track of what is being taught yourself by using programs such as the Classroom Help Center.
Hold Virtual Meetings
If push comes to shove, you can even opt to train your students while they are in their own homes, using the Google program Google Meet. This is like Skype but is useable with all of the aforementioned programs for a better all-around learning environment. Great stuff!