Google Drive (Docs)

Google Drive

Google Docs is a free, web-based word processing, presentation, forms and spreadsheets program. This is one of the best alternative to purchasing software, because you do not need any software download and you can access your files wherever you are with an internet connection.

Some Features of Google Docs

Here is a list of some of the best features of Google Docs that teachers need to know about:
  • It is free and very easy to use
  • It has a user-friendly interface
  • It lets you create Google documents, spreadsheets, and other file types and collections
  • It lets you upload, manage and store files and folders
  • It allows you to share Google Docs, files and collections
  • You can preview your docs and files before you open or share them
  • You can also view images and videos that you have uploaded to your document list
  • It lets you search for items by name, type and visibility setting
  • It allows users to collaborate on documents in real time
  • It also offers a chat functionality for collaborators to use while working on docs.


Tutorials at Learnfree.org:


http://www.gcflearnfree.org/googledriveanddocs


http://www.gcflearnfree.org/googledocuments


http://www.gcflearnfree.org/googlespreadsheets



Google Docs Templates for teachers

Many Google Docs users are unaware of the fact that they can breathe life into their documents with templates. Google's new templates for Google Docs make it fast and easy to create all kinds of documents. Check out this gallery to find more than 300 templates available for text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. All the templates are free and with one click you can download any one that you want. Just to help you sort out the good ones click here http://smore.com/bk3y to check out some of the best.


Google Docs easy tutorials for teachers

Below are some of the tutorials for you to walk you through the different processes on how to create and manage the different Google Docs services. Click on any title to access its corresponding tutorial :

I- Documents :
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II- Presentations :




III- Spreadsheets :




V- Forms :




IV- Drawings


VI- Work offline



IIV- Use Google Docs with a Screen Reader



How Teachers can use Google Docs in Education

Here is a list of some of the ways that teachers can use Google docs in their classrooms :


  • Google Docs can be used to promote group collaboration and creativity by having students record their group projects
  • Teachers can use Google Docs to keep track of grades, attendance, or any other data using Spreadsheet
  • Students use Google Docs to collaborate on writing assignments
  • Teachers can facilitate writing as a process by encouraging students to write in real time and also by providing help and insight to them using the comments feature
  • They can also use Spreadsheets to create quizzes and tests online.
  • Teachers can use it to create presentations to share with students . They can also encourage collaborative presentation skills by asking students to work together on a shared presentation before presenting it to the class
  • Teachers can use it to maintain, update and share lessons over time in a single document
  • It is great for professional development. Teachers, for instance, can collaborate on a document with fellow teachers and use the chat functionality to discuss and exchange views on lesson plans, activities and many more.
  • Using Spreadsheets teachers can organize cumulative project data in a single sheet accessible to any collaborator at any time
  • Teachers and students can use it to gather research information, ask for opinions


Read the following slides to explore other ways to use Google Docs in the classroom :


Google Docs in the Classroom

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29 interesting ways to use google docs in the classroom

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Teachers guide on the use of google docs