What is Google Docs?

Google Docs is by far at the top of the list for productivity. Google Docs is a free online office suite that allows users to create word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings and forms that are compatible with Microsoft Office. The site allows for online storage of documents, but the best feature is the ability to collaborate with other writers or presenters. In addition, documents can be downloaded and opened with Microsoft Office. Google Docs automatically saves revisions so users can revert back to an old version easily. It is great for student use on a computer with Internet connection who may not have Office installed, such as on a home computer. Google Docs promotes cooperation between students, group collaboration and peer editing skills which motivates students.

Watch the "Google Docs in Plain English" video below to get a better understand of what Google Docs can do. Then watch the tutorial video to help you get started!

Classroom Integration Ideas:

Google Docs can be used in any way you would normally use word processing, spreadsheets or presentations with the added benefit of collaboration between teachers or students. To the right is a video of teachers and principals talking about Google Docs. Take a look...

Consider these possibilities with Google Docs:

  • Consider a jigsaw where each student researches part of a chapter, then creates a collaborative presentation to summarize the reading.
  • Each student writes a chapter of a mini book or chapters of a story and they can use a writing buddy for feedback.
  • Have students to turn in essays using Google Docs, so it's faster, facilitates teacher comments, and helps monitor students progress.
  • Have faculty colleagues contribute to one collaborative document so that everyone has an input.
  • Administration, teachers, and parents will cut down on countless emails while communicating about students and their work.
  • Enables teachers and students to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations that can be tagged and archived for organizational purposes. Collaboration between the students and the teachers will take place. Students will be able to go back and revise their work and keep track of their progress.
  • Buddy Book Reports from students consist of multiple students read the same book and collaborate on their final book report in an online document.
  • Writing assignment: For younger students type a page of complete sentences and sentences that are not complete for the children. Have each student correct the sentence if it is wrong and create a new sentence.
  • Send important handbooks to parents.
  • Students can go paperless and write notes from class to their virtual notebook.
  • Students can input their data on a spreadsheet at the same time and create graphs of the data.
  • Several students can work simultaneously on a presentation for any topic.
  • Share reflections of a field trip.
  • Create a story from a story prompt.
  • Report on a historical event.
  • Develop math word problems.
  • Create articles for the school newsletter.
  • Write a script for a play.