Tuesday, July 14, 2015

5 Steps to Crowdsourcing with the Drive App

Let's not act like much is learned by taking notes to a speaker presenting their slides. Sure, we can be inspired, but the amount of facts and knowledge that we walk away with is limited. That's, of course, unless we're involved in the exploration of the content as we learn – the key to engagement.


One of the ways I learned to engage my students is by having them make the slide presentations. The problem was that we needed the slides at the beginning of the unit, not the middle or end.

The other problem was that it took too much time. We solved both by using Google Drive, following these steps. 

1. Make and Share a Folder 

Label the folder according to the lesson or unit and class so students can find it quickly and without question. Make sure that the folder is shared via link with the editing option.


2. Find Images

Ask students to find images that interest them and relate to the topic. It's more important that they explore the topic or problem based what catches their eye before what is most accurate. This is because of the simple fact that we are emotional before we are logical. Embrace it in the learning process.


3. Drop Images in the Folder

The great thing about this activity is that you can do it with mobile devices. Open the folder and add the images from the device. It's that simple.    


4. Name the Images Accordingly

Like an English teacher demanding a specific heading on every paper handed in, the images must follow a naming convention. That part is up to you. I would write in on the board and keep it simple.

The alpha-numeric sorting in Drive will ensure that all of the images are grouped in the folder. The contributor's name is automatic, as is the date, so don't worry much about those details (image below).


5. Present the Images 

Who needs PowerPoint? When you open an image in the app (or full version), the slideshow viewer makes for a clean presentation tool. 


Bonus

Don't stop at pics, cartoons, and memes. Students can write a one-sentence summary, for example, and take screenshot to upload in the Drive folder. 

Remind them to crop it to maximize the text size. The image below was done with Google Keep, but docs, pages, or anything that types on a mobile device will work.