Sunday, April 12, 2009

Using Google Docs

Google Docs has some new and interesting features. I’m putting together a workshop for teachers on using Google Docs in the classroom. The participants will have time to play with the various features during my presentation but I am putting together a list of resources will help them once they are back in the classroom.

Here are some of the resources I'll pass on to them:
Google Docs in Plain English gives a clear explanation to first time users.
The Google Docs Help Center provides getting started advice.
Using Google Docs in the classroom: Simple as ABC
Liz Davis' has shared a guide on How to Create and Share a Google Document.

For inspiration they can turn to the collaborative slideshare Seventeen Interesting Ways to Use Google Docs in the Classroom. I expect this collection of ideas will continue to grow. You may even want to add some yourself. The last slide explains how.

This handy screencast explains how to use templates in Google Docs.
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is a good example of how a template can be used in collaborative storytelling.

Please comment if you have other good examples or resources you'd be willing to share.

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