Where Do I Turn in My Assignment? Digital Solutions for the 1:1 Classroom

TurnItIn2One of the biggest challenges of a 1:1 mobile device program is figuring out how to have students turn in work. Depending on a school district’s policies, students can’t always email their work, and printing work is also not an option unless the teacher has a wireless printer. Teachers need solutions for getting work from their students.

Of course it’s best when every teacher in a school or district uses the same method for delivering assignments to students and receiving assignments from students. However, if there isn’t a system in place, teachers do have options such as:

  1. Learning Management System (Haiku LearningBlackboardMy Big Campus, or the like).
  2. Google Drive to share work with students and have them turn things in. This works best with a Google Apps for Education Domain. Other Google solutions include Google Classroom or having students submit work via a Google form.
  3. Edmodo, a social network for teachers and students that has similar function to an LMS (but is not an LMS)
  4. Dropbox for students to retrieve assignments and upload work.
  5. Evernote
  6. Email

Many of the K-8 teachers I work with are wary of any tool that requires students to create an account using an email address (Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive). I’ve seen teachers work around this in a number of ways, and the most common way to make this happen is to have a shared account that all students can access. I’m not a huge fan of shared accounts because of the implications when a student forgets to “Keep Your Digital Hands to Your Digital Self,” but sometimes it’s the best (and quickest) solution.

No matter what, teachers need support from administrators and parents in order to get digital projects and papers from their students.

What’s your teacher-student-teacher workflow?

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