Using Google Docs
What is Google Docs?
Google Docs is an easy-to-use online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation editor that enables instructors and students to create, store, and share instantly and securely; and to collaborate online in real time.
You can create new documents from scratch or upload existing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. There's no software to download, and all your work is stored safely online and can be accessed from any online computer.
Google Docs' sharing features enable instructors and students to decide exactly who can access and edit documents.
You will need a Google username and password to use Google Docs. Signing up for a Google account is simple, and free.
Instructors are using Google Docs to:
- Publish announcements about upcoming assignments
- Monitor student progress via an interactive process that allows constant feedback and guidance
- View clearly who contributed to what and when
- Create folders to organize student work
Students are using Google Docs to:
- Stay organized and keep on top of their assignments
- Automatically save their progress as they work
- Collaborate online with fellow students
- Work from both school and home since documents are stored securely online
Instructor Resources for Google Docs:
- Overview for Educators (presentation)
- Google Docs: The Basics
- Google Docs: Tips and Tricks
- Google Docs in Plain English (video)
For more information: http://www.google.com/educators/p_docs.html