Google Docs For Educators

Gauging the Audience:

Are you a one, three or five clicker? Take the quick survey here

What is Google Docs?

Google Docs is a free online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation editor that allows you to create, store, share, and collaborate on documents with others. If you know how to use other word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs, you can easily use Google Docs. 

Instead of emailing files back and forth between collaborators, Google Docs allows people to work on a single version of a document together online. The chat feature on presentations makes it possible to create a “permeable classroom” by bringing experts into a lesson to interact with students online. You can also create web-based surveys to collect information from students, teachers, or parents.

An Intro to Docs:

Activity: Let's "Iron Chef" A Lesson:
This activity is built into the Presentation. This is a great way to eliminate boring lectures and still have high quality direct instruction. Just think "Jigsaw" with Google.

Google Forms  - An Intro and some tricks for the experienced user


1. If you are a "one" or "three clicker", make a Form that would be a good introduction to your class for the first day of school. Make ten or twelve questions, using as many types of questions as possible. Share with your neighbors or fill out your own From to be able to see some charts.

2. "Five clicker" students - max yourself out on some of the new techniques (grids or multipage forms), there are at least GCTs in the room to "geek out" with.

Your Lead Learner:
Jon Corippo • • Twitter: @jcorippo
School website:
Personal site:

Additional Google Docs Tools:

Apps Training From Google

Great Content from the EdTechTeam

Google Docs Video Tutorials 
(Great for self-grading quizes!)

Iron Chef Examples:
Some of my former adult students' work
Another former student at work, with her kids
Dystopia example

Additional Form ideas from Jen Roberts GTAWA '11
Google Form and English Class

Other Classroom Ideas For Google Docs: