Tech Tip Tuesday

16 December 2014

Create Google Templates Easily

When you create in Google Docs (or Sheets or Slides...), you have three sharing options:

  • Can Edit
  • Can Comment
  • Can View

If you share a Doc with students that they "Can View" and use as a template, they have to make a copy to be able to use it. But, I've noticed students will sometimes still try to type on the template (and then tell you they can't type on it). To make it even easier for students to see they have to make a copy, Alice Keeler shared an easy tip to force students to make a copy. Within your document, copy the address, but where it says "edit" at the end, change it to "copy" when you give the link to students (or post it on your website). See below for an example.
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For example, I changed to the new link:

Then, when students open that "copy" link, they are directed to "Make a copy" right away. (See below for what the students will see.) Then, they can edit as normal, and it's saved to their drive as usual.

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For more info on how this works, check out Alice Keeler's blog post below.

Bonus: Stock Photo Options

Below are two links to great Stock Photo Options that are free to use. Both send you photos (either monthly or every 10 days), or you can download from the site.

  • All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.
  • Death to the Stock Photo asks that you display a link to their license with the photo, but it's free to use.

There are limitations, like you can't search for a specific photo, but you may just see a photo that inspires your or fits your needs.


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