Activity 2 - Classroom Examples

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Review the examples below in order to see how Google Docs can be used in the classroom.

How Students and Teachers can use Google Docs

Google Docs' sharing features enable you and your students to decide exactly who can access and edit documents. You'll find that Google Docs helps promote group work and peer editing skills, and that it helps to fulfill the stated goal of The National Council of Teachers of English, which espouses writing as a process and encourages multiple revisions and peer editing.

Teachers are using Google Docs both to publish announcements about upcoming assignments and to monitor student progress via an interactive process which allows you to give guidance when it might be of maximum benefit – while your student is still working on an assignment. Through the revisions history, you can see clearly who contributed to what assignment and when; if a student says he or she worked on a given project over the last two weeks, it will be documented (no more "dog ate my homework" excuses).

Students will find that Google Docs can help them stay organized and keep on top of their assignments. They never have to remember to save their work; it happens automatically. It's easy to collaborate online with fellow students, even when they aren't in the same place, and they can get feedback easily from teachers, parents, relatives and tutors, and enter updates anytime from anywhere. And kids can go back to the revisions history to see how their assignment has evolved, and who has helped.

A great site on how to use Google Tools in the Classroom:

Some real-life example of Google Docs collaboration in action:

In October of 2007, Google held a "Global Warming Student Speakout". We invited teachers to join us in a project that gave students from all over a chance to collectively brainstorm strategies for fighting global warming and have their ideas published in a full-page ad in a major newspaper. If you're interested to see how we used Google for this, check out the Global Warming Student Speakout site.

Revision is a critical piece of the writing process—and of your classroom curriculum. Now, Google Docs has partnered with Weekly Reader's *Writing for Teens* magazine to help you teach it in a meaningful and practical way. Download the PDF.

Teachers speak out

davis.gif "In the Acalanes Union High School District teachers across the curriculum are using Google Docs to expand collaborative learning. In World History classes several teachers revamped student presentations on Imperialism from in-class Power Points to collaborative online Google Docs presentations. This enabled students to test their ideas and showcase their work to a larger audience. Advanced Placement classes in English and European History moved peer edited outlines and essays to Google Docs enabling students to access learning 24/7. In psychology, one teacher re-focused student research papers to include a Google Docs component so student research results are shared.

Students appreciate the ability to collaborate online in their own time frame. Teachers as well as students appreciate the stronger accountability for individual effort on group projects. Google Docs enables teachers to observe the projects as they unfold, giving students feedback prior to the final outcome. Teachers are able to individually assess student participation and content using the revision tab on Google Docs to see how editing is proceeding and to encourage students as they work.
And the students aren't the only ones using Docs to collaborate. At one school, parent council meeting agendas and meeting outcomes are in Google Docs. Also department chair and staff meeting agendas have moved from paper to Docs encouraging staff leadership, collaboration, feedback and 24/7 access."

Name: Cheryl Davis
Grades: High School (9-12)
Title: Technology Coordinator - Acalanes Union High School District
School: Acalanes Union High School District
Location: Lafayette, California, United States

andersson.gif"Many of my students use Google Docs when they are working in teams, both with essays and presentations. In some point of progress, the students invite me to join them and have a look at and give comments on their work. It helps me, as a teacher, to be able to participate in the process, not just see the final product. The students also appreciate that they can work without having to think about different software at home and at school."

Name: Olof Andersson
Grades: Year 7 to 9
Subjects: Mathematics and science
School: Kvarnbergsskolan
Location: Gustavsberg, Värmdö, Sweden
Website or blog:

"In my attempt to avoid sitting through days and days of PowerPoint presentations in my high school computer classes (and boring the students in the process), I decided to upload each of my students Online Safety PowerPoint's to a Google account and the class joined the presentation. One student talked aloud while everyone listened and chatted about the presentation. The students asked questions in the chat, added their own information and followed along in the presentation.
For the first time I can EVER remember as a teacher - 100% of the students were engaged in the presentation and participated in the chat. The students were enthusiastic and offered insightful and appropriate comments. The students liked being able to add their input without interrupting the presentation. I will definitely use Google shared presentations again."

Name: Colette Cassinelli
Grades: 7-12
Subjects: Computer Applications, Graphic Design, Digital Video Production
School: Valley Catholic School
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
Website or Blog:
Overview for Educators (Presentation)


Other Google Document Examples:

Google Docs Uses
  • teach technology literacy
  • teach information literacy
  • teach visual literacy
  • teach students about collaborative online productivity tools
  • teach teachers about collaborative online productivity tools
  • foster collaboration
  • share meeting notes
  • collaborate on articles, presentations, lessons with teachers and colleagues
  • produce research articles
  • provide writing tools for students in the library media center
  • provide presentation tools for students
  • provide spreadsheet tools for students
  • inform students and faculty about tools they can use at home or school
  • plan events with faculty and colleagues
  • use with English teachers
  • provide tools for writing practice for students
  • provide tools for students to collect information for research projects and produce drafts and final documents
  • provide feedback on student writing and projects
  • allow peer review and comments on student writing and projects
  • transfer notes and documents between work and home
  • create instructional documents and pathfinders
  • create student-created stories and books
  • use as a drop box for student work
  • design instructional materials and write articles at home and access at school
  • avoid software compatibility issues
  • create assignments
  • share ideas with colleagues
  • provide a mechanism for teachers to review policies and procedures and comment so all will be happy and informed
  • store ideas for easy access
  • share documents in progress
  • list and share resources within and between schools and districts
  • plan curriculum benchmarks
  • provide a common tool for group projects
  • share planning documents with state association board, committee members, teachers
  • write letters, applications, memos
  • provide low-cost or free suite of software applications for all school and/or library media center computers
  • avoid students having to carry diskettes or flash drives to save and transfer work
  • take notes and write reminders for later use
  • help students create group papers and projects
  • create parent workshops
  • compile lists for teachers
  • promote special collections (bi-lingual books, recorded books, themed titles, etc.)
  • work collaboratively on budget with other school library media specialists in the school
  • share links with students and teachers
  • author monthly and annual library media center reports
  • access documents from cell phone
  • write and review proposals
  • maintain a file of cover letters and forms that can be easily customized and updated


Google Presenter Examples

Online Presentation software uses:
  • Help students create digital stories, escrapbooks, projects and reports
  • Teach about creating effective presentations - basics and "beyond bullet points"
  • Provide a mechanism for groups of students or colleagues to work collaboratively on a presentation
  • Provide multimedia alternatives for book reports and book reviews
  • Help students and teacher create better presentations
  • Structure meetings
  • Structure presentations to groups
  • Provide background for a guest speaker
  • Provide media center orientation information - available to all at any time
  • Enhance wikis
  • Create interest in a topic, title, or author
  • Demonstrate new technology tools
  • Create promotions for new titles and events
  • Create visuals for morning news programs
  • Make training and workshop presentations available for review
  • Record school and media center events and make them available to parents, teachers, students
  • Present new information to teachers and/or students
  • Promote book fairs and special events
  • Create presentations to parents - available later online for review or for those who could not attend
  • Organize research on topics of interest
  • Create slideshows and online presentations for and with teachers on unit or lesson topics and make available to students from the media center, classrooms or homes
  • Create templates for student work
  • Work collaboratively on a presentation with a colleague
  • Present remotely - without having to carry equipment or worry about fonts, etc.
  • Create step by step tutorials on any topic with photos, illustrations, narration, audio
  • Create online booktalks and trailers for new titles or topics of interest
  • Create templates for projects and research reports - group or individual