One of the advantages to being the “big kids” when students enter fifth and sixth grade is they now have access to personal space for their technology-based work. If you have ever worked with students on a Word document or a PowerPoint presentation and had them save their work to “Student Work/File” only to have their work changed, moved, or worst case scenario, deleted, you can understand the relief and gratitude from both students and teachers to know there is a safe and personal place to save their hard work. And the best part is, teachers still have access to students’ work!
They actually have several options with what we call “Active Directory” logins (AD logins), to include Z drive space on our GFPS servers, Google Drive (aka Google Apps for Education or GAFE), Office 365, and then the additional option for Moodle, an online learning management system. In order for students to gain access to these options, they must first log in to a school computer to activate their login credentials. I have a process and an AD login card template I am happy to model and/or share with you to walk students through that process.
Once students have activated their login credentials through the school computer, they can save to their Z drive space in the same way teachers can. They log in to computers as themselves, and when ready to save, they go to File > Save as > select “Computer” on the left side of the dialog box, and then double click their Z drive space listed under “Network Location.” Students use those same credentials for logging into Google Drive and Moodle. Office 365 is a little different, in that it goes outside our servers and requires a full email to log in. However, students have a faux email account, faux meaning they cannot send or receive emails with it, but they can use it to access Office 365.
These various options will offer many project-based learning opportunities for your students. I am available to begin this process with you and support you and your students with any and all support needed. Don’t hesitate to call.
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