Google docs in the classroom adapted fromtombarrett
Using Google Docs in the Classroom Adapted by CMS April 2013 from ‘32 Interesting ways to use Google Docs in the Classroom’ which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License.
Up to 50 collaborators canwork on a document at anygiven time. There is a limit of 200 combined viewers/ collaborators for all of the different Google tool types.
Use a Table in a Document to facilitate collaboration• Unlike Spreadsheets with cells and Presentations with pages, Documents are an open space, and can sometimes exacerbate communication problems when collaborating.• Consider using a TABLE when you are working in large numbers in a Document.• Add structure to the page by adding a TABLE or if that does not suit the work, simple headings to signpost where people are working.• This structure helps younger Image: MultiCultural_byHikingArtist.com_ FlickrCC children to collaborate.
Chatting while you write...In a shared Doc, each person contributing is auto-nominated anidentity (a small coloured flag) in the space that they are adding tothe doc.On the right side of the Google Doc interface is a chat window whereparticipants can discuss the content they are contributing.
I am Unique!• This is a good activity to model the use of a shared space and live editing, as well as learning about a new class.• It can be done in any of the Google Apps tools – Docs, Forms, Presentations…• Ask your class to individually work on a single shared Document and finish the sentence: "I am Unique because...“• They can add 3 different answers.• Not only will you learn about your children but as it is shared they will learn about Image: being Unique is Eggcellent by Zamzara FlickrCC each other.
Document StatsFrom the Tools menu, choose Word CountIncludes statistics about the document including the AutomatedReadability Index. Its a great motivator for students to have themwrite to their grade level. Gives students the ability to review thework and improve word choice, sentence structure and other keyelements in their document.More on readability:http://plainlanguage.com/newreadability.html
Add a FootnoteFrom the Insert menu, choose FootnotesGreat lead in to teach about copyright, plagiarism, and cyber-ethicsin general. Document will include a # at the location of the insertedfootnote with information in the sidebar. When printed, it is located atthe end of the document for proper documentation.More on Google Footnotes: http://is.gd/4V0u
Use TemplatesGoogle has created templates for students andteachers.Teachers can direct students to use a certaintemplate or they can browse the different categories.Teachers can also create their own templates andshare them with their students.Make sure students save the template as a copy.
Get Organized or just Search!Encourage the students in your class to Encourage them to also use SEARCHcreate subject folders as they begin to to quickly find what they are lookingcreate more documents. for. I find this one of the quickest ways to find content.These folders can be labelled with Advanced searches are also andifferent colours to help show where option.documents belong.
Buddy EditUse Google Docs for studentsto buddy edit their InformationReports (or other type ofwriting).They simply need to share theirdocument with their writingbuddies.If you include the teacher as acollaborator then they canassist in the process as well,long before the product isfinished. EthiopianTribes_byDietmarTemps_ FlickrCC
Reading ResponseIve been finding it difficult for students toengage with me in their Reading ResponseJournals.I leave questions for them which are mostlyignored.By requesting them to use Google Docs forthe Reading Response there can be anongoing conversation, aided by the extramotivation of working online. A picture is worth more than a thousand words by HikingArtist.com_ FlickrCC adapted
Error CorrectionPrepare a document with deliberateerrors in it and ask the students tomake corrections.Works well with a whole classcorrecting at the same time in the labor projected onto a screen withindividual students taking turns.Great for foreign language classes. Image: unattributed in original presentation
Collaborative writing from notesSet a writing task for which students Encourage editing of previoushave to write something from sentences, both for content and errors.standard notes (e.g. a formal letteror a sequence of pictures telling a Works with several computers or juststory). one projected onto a screen with students taking turns.Once this is completed, askstudents/groups one at a time tocontribute a sentence or two to ashared document to produce adefinitive class version.. Image: 18.365 by Nico Paix FlickrCC
Shared Professional WritingAre you working with a studentteacher or co-teacher?Are you crafting new curriculum?Writing your school improvementplan?Collaboratively write lesson plansand other documents in Google Docsin order to share ideas and writing inreal time as well as provide timelyfeedback and clarification to Image: adapted_Brain Damage by Taylor McBride_ FlickrCCcolleagues.
Google Docs as Learning PortfoliosHave the students share a document Teacher drags these docs to classwith the teacher at the beginning of the folders. Instruct students to addschool year. Student name, class, and future assignments to the top of theassignment title, should be included in page. Updated assignments float tothe title. the top of your class/subject docs folders for easy feedback/marking. Have students publish and embed docs in their blogs or Google Sites. Teacher comments do not appear in the published version.
AcknowledgmentThe ideas in this Google Docs presentationwere extracted from a collection curated byTom Barrett. It was designated CreativeCommons and therefore many others haveextended or adapted the resource to fit theirparticular purpose.This presentation comprises a specificselection of ideas for Google Docs from aversion posted to Slide Share by Antoni de laTorre.Tom Barret has a comprehensive Google Siteworth visiting if you are interested in exploringfurther.