The use of Google Classroom has made education more convenient than ever. It wasn’t that long ago when I attended classes where the professor would use actual chalk on an olden days object known as a “chalkboard” and used it to write down important notes. Google’s Apps for Education is a series of applications designed for schools to help them communicate with their students…and it is quite helpful.
When I first started classes here at Assiniboine Community College’s Interactive Media Arts program, I did not expect to be using Google Classroom. For as long as I could remember, I’ve been using paper and textbooks. In 2012, while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, I brought a ton of flash cards to class and frantically wrote highlights of the notes that the professor was writing.
To summarize, the notes I wrote took a lot of time, and I had difficulty reading my own scribbling. Trying to keep my many flashcards organized was also another variable that I had to accommodate. Even though I had a laptop, the idea of using it to write notes and use it as a tool for class was beyond me at the time.
Imagine my relief and confusion in late August when I found out that the IMA program would not be using textbooks. “If you’re in the IMA program, everything will be done online,” said the employee at the ACC bookstore. Getting used to the change was a challenge in itself, but I eventually got the hang of it, and now I can’t imagine going back to the old ways.
With the addition of Drive, I can instantly share and edit with other classmates. You know you are getting older when you take the time to stand back and marvel at what can be done with connectivity these days. I look forward to the day when I could let an application compose a blog entry for me.