Using Google Docs In Education

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  • 1. Using Google Docs in Education Kent Gerber TLTR Meeting February 18, 2009
  • 2. What is Google Docs? Suite of software like Microsoft Office, with some unique features Google Docs in Plain English
  • 3. Basic Functions Document = Word Presentation = Power Point Spreadsheet = Excel Forms populate a spreadsheet
  • 4. Must Have Three Things Internet access Email account Google account (attached to the email address you chose)
  • 5. Unique Features Stored securely online (Invitation only) Accessible anywhere with Internet connection Tied to Google Account which is linked to a specific email address Multiple people can edit at the same time.
  • 6. Unique Features Sharing and Editing a Document 200 person limit per document Access levels: Viewers (can only see it) Collaborators (edit and view document) Simultaneous editing: Limits: Doc & Presentation- 10 Spreadsheet- 50
  • 7. How Can This Help? Collaborate from a distance and asynchronously Accessible anywhere, not tied to one computer Easy to share and control access editors, viewer, or publish online
  • 8. Examples Kansas State Professor created a Google Doc to facilitate a brainstorming session 367 edits made in one week. "Students wrote the script, suggested survey questions to ask the entire class. The survey was administered the following week.
  • 9. Examples Google Document used to create this guide: Using Google Docs in the Classroom
  • 10. Some Teaching Advantages If Teacher is Owner or Collaborator: Can give feedback in progress Can observe work in progress Can track student participation Viewer only: Can track student participation Can not give feedback
  • 11. Administrative Uses Great for single documents meant for a specific group of people: Agendas Handbooks Lesson Plans (Shared Courses)
  • 12. In-Class Uses Group work Chat within Spreadsheets and Presentation One teacher observed higher level conversation in this format Tests or polls for instant feedback
  • 13. Challenges Loss of Internet connection Invitation emails are automatically generated and can go to junk mail
  • 14. Good News Can download documents onto your computer as backup Notify recipients of invitations to check their junk mail directly from your email account
  • 15. Questions?
  • 16. Links Used to Create Presentation