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An example of how SAMR might look in a classroom


Going Google

What are Google Docs?

  • Free suite of software through your browser including documents (like Word), spreadsheets (like Excel), forms (surveys, tests, polls), presentations (Powerpoint) and drawings.
  • Stored in the cloud rather than on a computer.

Why use Google Docs?

  1. Device agnostic including mobile devices (can use on all devices)
  2. Use anywhere you have an internet connection
  3. Always working on the latest version - no syncing or saving or trying to work out which version is the right one
  4. Import existing documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  5. Collaboration anywhere in the world with anyone
  6. Can be public or private
  7. Can decide who to share with (don’t need a Google sign in)
  8. It’s free
  9. Saves every change ever made to your document
  10. Comments are emailed to collaborators (can add voice comments. Can have people who can comment but not edit)
  11. Peer editing (teacher or student)
  12. No large files to email
  13. Students can use for self assessment
  14. In built dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia
  15. Keyboard shortcuts
  16. Templates
  17. Convert PDFs to text
  18. Upload existing documents
  19. Group chat to discuss projects
  20. Save docs to folders
  21. Embed videos in documents
  22. Instantly research words
  23. Create graphs
  24. Drag and drop photos into docs
  25. Draw
  26. Embed live links that constantly update
  27. Equation editor (insert, equation)
  28. Embed documents into any webpage
  29. Turn into a webpage by saving as HTML
  30. Share entire folders
  31. Work on documents at the same time
  32. Can edit without signing in if you enable this feature
  33. Can remove collaborators
  34. Freeze (lock) sections of a document to stop anyone editing them
  35. Can revert to old versions if needed
  36. Insert bookmarks to sections of your document so you can easily jump to that section
  37. Set up an automatic spell corrector if you have problems with common words (tools, preferences)
  38. Turn web pages into PDFs and save
  39. Translate from within your document
  40. Download documents from Google Docs if you need to

Some examples....

Challenge 1: Make your own form and share it..

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  • Copy the URL for the live form
  • Paste it into this document along with your name
  • Don't forget to share the document
  • Please add the link to your responses so we can see the results

Challenge 2

  • Create your own Google Doc, enter some information and share it with the group. Remember to click on share and either make the document public or available to anyone who has the link. (Please note that this means that your document will be public.) Alternatively, you can add people's email addresses to share with specific people, but this needs to be their Google email address.
  • Also add the link to your Google Doc here please.

Challenge 3

  • Add a comment to at least one Google Doc listed here. Take another look at your original document to see what comments were added.

Challenge 4. Ideas on how you might/have used Google Docs in the classroom - focus on collaboration

Challenge 5

  • Make or upload your own spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, form or document on a topic of your own choice. Spend some time looking at how you might format it and the features you could employ. If you'd like, share your work here.

Help - how to use and manage Google Docs

If you need to help on how to manage Google Docs, then watch Google Drive - a complete user guide - a great 'how to' video:

If you prefer reading to viewing a video, these links will help you:

Google Keep - a new note taking tool in Google Docs:

Thanks to John Pearce, Britt Gow, Jenny Luca, Heather Dowd and many others for sharing their work, ideas and links.