Docs (Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Forms)

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GWE San Jose 3/27/10

The Crib Sheet: (PDF file)

Common Craft: Google Docs in Plain English

Discussion: How are people already using Google Docs, either personally or professionally?

Activity 1: (Documents)

How might you replace a standard word processor with Google Documents?

Click the link that best represents the subject matter you teach or work with most often. (Or just choose one that relates to your work.)  You can actually chime in on more than one!

Some interesting features:
  • Sharing folders (not just individual files)
  • Templates
  • Word Count & readability rating
  • Insert Drawing, Table, Symbols, Equations

Activity 2: (Spreadsheets)

  • Form a group of three to four people (near you), and have someone create a new spreadsheet and add the other members of the group to it as collaborators. 
  • Come up with some interesting (and hopefully unique) questions (about four would be plenty for now). 
  • Have everyone in your group fill in the spreadsheet about him- or herself.
  • Now figure out how to add others in the room to your spreadsheet so they can complete it too.  (They may want you in their spreadsheets too, remember.)
  • Please add as a collaborator or viewer to your spreadsheet.

Activity 3: (Presentations)

  • Find at least three people here with whom you have something in common.
  • Your commonality can be grade levels or subjects you teach, or it can be common interests outside of your professional life. 
  • Plan and collaboratively create a quick presentation (about two slides per group member) on a subject you decide on together as a group. 
  • Include images and, if possible, video to supplement your presentation.

Activity 4: (Forms)

  • Create a new form. 
  • Include at least five different types of questions. 
  • Apply a theme of your choice.
  • Get at least ten people to respond to your form. 
  • Use Form > Show summary of responses to get a quick overview of how people responded. 
  • Sort by a few different response choices.