Collaboration in Real Time: Docs, Forms, Spreadsheets & Presentations

The Crib Sheet:

The Tool: (an overview and examples from an actual classroom)

Activity 1:  Presentation Chatting!
  1. How can chatting enhance a presentation?
  2. Add your slide to our Participant Presentation

Activity 2:  Who are we?
  1. Complete this survey.
  2. View the results.
  3. Start your own form that you can use in your classroom.

Activity 3: 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)
  • Presentation: Create a visual presentation about what you would do with a million dollars (bonus points for multimedia)
  • Spreadsheet: Create a spreadsheet of 5 different fun stats on the people in your group (bonus points for creating a chart or graph)
  • Form: Create a fun quiz with at least 5 different types of questions (bonus points for making it "self grading")
  1. Teams have 10 minutes to collaboratively complete the task.
  2. Make sure you share the doc with everyone on your team and also with
  3. One member of each small group will present the file to the large group in 2 min or less.
  4. Large group brainstorm: How can you immediately use Docs?

Getting Help:

Additional  Resources:

Google Docs in Plain English

Twenty Interesting Ways to use Google Docs in the Classro


Google Forms

How to do peer editing with students (Screencast)
Full Self Grading Quiz - Video
Official Google  Docs Blog
NEW! Educational Spreadsheet Gadgets
Google Docs for Educators
Using Google Docs in the Classroom
New! Drawing Tools
Google Docs Classroom Ideas Wiki
Teach Collaborative Revision with Google Docs
Educator's Guide- Teaching Revision with Google Docs
10 Google Forms Ideas for the classroom - provides template copies for each form by Tom Barrett
Sample Permission Slip for Google Apps for Education (includes Docs and other Web 2.0 tools)


A District Administrator Talk About Google Docs and the impact it has had on the classic research paper
Interview with Special Educator on using Google Docs