Use the Google Drive to scan paper - easy access for all!
I met with a High School administrator to set up TodaysMeet for a conference many teachers are attending so that we can chat online and capture as much about each of the different sessions. All of the teachers attending will have access and hopefully engage in this style of learning. Normally at conferences there is a lot of paper as handouts. Not everyone is going to be at every session which poses a problem - only a few will have access to those sheets of paper. There are a few solutions to sharing what's on the paper.
Copies could be made. We would have to wait to get back to organize the copies, make them, and send them out through inner-school mail. Insanely boring!
The papers could be scanned out and sent as a PDF who can then email to everyone else. Again, we would have to wait to get back to a copier that scans, email the scan through the copier to one person, and that person has to send it out to the attendees. Not stellar but it's a bit better.
Use the Google Drive app on a smartphone to take scan (take a picture) of every paper into shared Google Drive folder. As soon as the scan uploads, everyone has it. There is no waiting, copying, scanning. Take a picture as a scan to a shared folder and that's it. That's the way to go!
When I explained how the paper can be quickly converted to scans and shared, she was amazed and delighted!
Survey your class using Google Forms
An art teacher approached me about surveying her class before she begin a clay unit. I made a folder in Google Drive, made the form, and then shared the folder with her.
The teacher isn't a big Google Drive user but when I showed her the folder I made with the survey inside she was excited to share it with her students. She realized how quickly and easily data can be had. Then, she sat one computer and I sat on another to edit it. Once the editing was done, I shortened the URL using Google's URL shortener.
What makes it exciting
The reaction of these two professionals was overwhelming because they were excited about trying something new. The reaction, "I never knew you could do that." is the best. There is so much that can be done with technology today. A comment I make often to teachers is they tell me what they what and I make it happen. After I make what they need I teach them about the technology and pursue a conversation about how else the tech can be used.