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20% Rule

Google asks employees to set aside 20 percent of their work week to projects outside of their normal workload. I have a 9 year old and two 6 year old boys at home, and they each love to learn in their own way. They are constantly asking me questions or trying something to see what happens. I know they are just kids, but I would imagine they spend more than 20% of their week interested in something that is not homework or a lesson from school. In contrast, many of my high school students seem to have lost this curiosity about the world. They don't ask questions like why or how, instead they ask me, "What do I need to know?" or "What is on the test?"  Did adults, schools, and teachers do this to them, or is this just part of growing up? This is a question that has been on my mind for years. In our current education system that is based high stakes testing, how do we inspire students to learn for the sake of learning? This is where I come back to Google's 20 p…

Google Drive

Google Drive has become one of my favorite sites for students to work together. We've stretched our in class conversations and activities into Google Docs and Google Presentations. I've seen increased participation and accountability in our small group discussions and projects.


I've incorporated Google Drive into a variety of in and out of class work this year. We've created Google folders to go paperless. I can share assignments through different drive folders and students to share their work with me in their own drop-box drive folder.

A few things my students like about :

Everything is auto saved. They do not need to worry about emailing revisionsThey can all work on the doc at the same time. Easy it is to share the document with each other and me.Love the research tool to find images and information. For more information on Google Drive and how to use it in the classroom, check out these links:

The Paperless Classroom with Google Docs

A Case Study: Using Google Drive …