Cloud Computing for Collaborative Knowledge Construction: A Case with Google Drive


Usage of mobile technology in daily life has been developed to be a part of the cultures in many countries especially in a metropolitan city. Students nowadays bring their mobile devices to classroom and prefer to use their own devices whenever it is possible. With the advanced technology development and high connectivity to the Internet through wireless networks in school, it becomes common that students and teachers are bringing their own mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, tablet computers, and laptop computers) to classroom for personal, teaching, and learning purposes. However, it has been challenging for teachers to engage their students in classroom teaching when students bring their mobile devices to class as a distraction. How could we take the advantage of this mobile technology for our classroom teaching and learning, and enhance the student engagement in our classroom instructions? Since the choice of the technology tool heavily depends on the popularity and commonality of the tool, making a right choice of educational technology can have a high sustainability and penetration rate. In this presentation, we will present a case study in Hong Kong of how to make use of Google Drive application to engage students in the classroom activity. The pedagogical practices can be applied to K-12 and higher education. Through this study, we can observe that students are no longer locked in a classroom; instead their mind can be unlocked to accept further knowledge with advanced technology.

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Gary Ka Wai Wong, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

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Conference: ACE2014
Stream: Technology enhanced and distance learning

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