Google Docs & Collaboration

The Crib Sheet: 

The Tool: (Brief Demo)

Getting Help: 

  1. Complete this survey.
  2. View the results.
  3. Demonstration: Create and publish a chart.
  4. Demonstration: Self Grading Quiz (Your answer to the last question on the survey will be graded!)

Activity 2: Google Docs in Action

Each team will be assigned one of the following tasks:
  • Doc: Write an essay or epic poem about your favorite teachers (or students) (bonus pts for including images) ROCKERS
  • Presentation: Create a visual presentation about your "dream job" and why you should be hired (bonus pts for multimedia) RAINMAKERS
  • Spreadsheet: Create a spreadsheet of 5 different fun stats on the people in your group (bonus pts for creating a chart or graph) ENERGIZERS
  • Form: Create a fun quiz with at least 8 questions (bonus pts for making it "self grading") AVATARS & DINAS
  • Mixed Media: Use a doc, spreadsheet, and preso to help Santa's elves prepare for Christmas (bonus pts for integrating Google Earth) - NETWORKERS
  • Got another idea?  Pitch it to the workshop leader fast!
  1. Teams have 10 minutes to collaboratively complete the task.
  2. One member of each small group will present the file to the large group in 2 min or less.
  3. Large group brainstorm: How can you immediately use Docs?

Additional Resources (from GCTs)

Google Docs Chicago Erica Hartman

Helpful Tips

Link Library:

3 Getting Started Guides for Beginners
NEW! Educational Spreadsheet Gadgets
How to Make a Self Calculating Survey - Collete Cassinelli
A Great Comparison of all Google Docs components
Official Google  Docs Blog
Google Docs for Educators
Using Google Docs in the Classroom
Google Docs Templates
Digital Toolbox: Google Docs
Read any web document in Google Docs -This extension (download link) lets you read online documents directly in your Google Docs account with a simple right click.
10 Google Forms Ideas for the classroom - provides template copies for each form by Tom Barrett
Using Google Docs in the Classroom: Tips and Tricks
20 Ways To Use Google Docs in the Classroom
Snag a Table of Contents, Dictionary or Thesaurus for your Google Doc
Google Apps Docs Interactive Tutorial
Google Docs Classroom Ideas Wiki
Teach Collaborative Revision with Google Docs
Educator's Guide- Teaching Revision with Google Docs
Esther Wojciki's Docs and Spreadsheets in the Classroom
Google Docs Blog
Google Docs Keyboard Shortcuts
Insert Footnotes
Google Wants YOUR Docs Ideas- click here to submit and see examples.
How to Create a Self Grading Quiz Using Google Forms
New! Drawing Tools
Create Children's Books Using Sites and Drawing Tools Example 1     Example 2
Research Projects- Putting it all together



Why Use Google Docs?

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Google Docs in Plain English

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Using Google Forms to Create a Quiz

Using Google Forms to Create a Quiz

Using Charts in Google Spreadsheets

Using Charts in Google Spreadsheets

National Writing Project - How To Use and Set Up Templates for Students

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