Teachers at Hannibal Middle School are using Google products such as Google Docs, Gmail, and other Apps for the first time this year in hopes to teach students more effectively.
"I think being able to do my assignments at home, instead of taking the papers home and having to lose them and stuff and being able to turn it in right there," said Taija Jones.
Jones is a seventh grader at Hannibal Middle School and uses Google Apps to do her homework. She said the constant communication it provides with her teacher is making her a better student.
"I think I do better because it's easier and they give you a review page to look at and better instructions other than having the teacher tell you the instructions then forget it and do bad on that paper," said Jones.
Stephanie Utterback began testing Google Apps in her classroom about six months ago. She said she gets as many as 15 assignments turned in at her Gmail account after school is out, which allows her to grade it right away or provide helpful feedback.
"I think it just bridges that gap between communication between students and teachers. Because I'm teaching them how to read an email, utilize that tool, and I think that is what life is going to be for them," she said.
Brianne Fritts created a test using Google Forms, which grades itself. And that allows her to focus her efforts on teaching students instead of grading papers.
"If we have to take a whole day, and in our case we have block scheduling so it would be two days until we see them again, they might have forgotten the concept we were talking about in the first place or even the quiz that they took. Where this is something that gives me immediate feedback and I can teach that immediately to those kids who didn't get it," said Fritts.
The best part about Google programs such as Gmail and Google Docs is it's free.
Classrooms that teach social studies, science, and math also use Google programs for their assignments.
Utterback said the use of Google programs is expanding to other schools in the district too.
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