Google Docs in the Classroom

Today's Agenda

  • Google Docs in Plain English
  • Sign in to Docs/Google Drive
  • Advantages/Disadvantages of Google Docs
  • Overview of each type of document
  • Sharing
  • Collaboration
  • Work on using Presentations, Forms, and Drawings
  • Explore "Revision history"
  • Add-ons
  • Self Grading Quizzes in Forms
  • "Copy Machine" Mode for sharing
  • Doctopus for sharing
  • Goobric for grading
Google Docs in Plain English

Advantages/Disadvantages of Google Docs


  • Web-based, which makes Google Docs portable and cross-platform
  • Easy-to-use interface...nice for younger students
  • Free updates!
  • Sharing documents with others is super easy
  • Students can collaborate on projects
  • "Revision history" feature cuts down on plaigirism


  • You need an Internet connection to use Google Docs (offline capabilities are limited)
  • Not as many fancy features as Word or Pages
  • Updates can sometimes confuse users
  • Training materials become obsolete...FAST!
Google Drive: Sharing your documents and files
Google Drive: Working on the same file at the same time
Flubaroo Overview

"Copy Machine" Mode

How to Create a Template (teachers do this)

  1. Sign in to your Google account
  2. Create a new document, presentation, form, spreadsheet or drawing.
  3. Add your content and save.
  4. Go to your list of Google Docs.
  5. Choose Create New > From Template .
  6. On the new screen that appears, choose Submit a Template.
  7. Click on the link to Choose from your GoogleDocs
  8. Complete the form with information about your template and submit.
  9. The template will become available in the gallery in a few minutes.

How to Use an Existing Templates (students do this)
  1. Sign in to your Google account
  2. When viewing your list of GoogleDocs, choose Create New > from Template .
  3. Use the search box at the top of the page to find templates and use the links on the left side of the page to narrow your search by category or specific type of Google Doc.
  4. When you find a template you like, click Use This Template. A unique copy of the template will move to your list of Google Docs, while the original template will remain in tact.
  5. Modify the template as needed and use it.
The New Doctopus & Add-ons Gallery
Goobric: Assessing Student Work