Google Docs is an easy-to-use online word processor, spreadsheet and presentation editor that enables you and your students to create, store and share instantly and securely, and 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 computer.
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.
Its has easy accessibility. With Google Docs, people can access the database 24/7 wherever they have an internet connection which makes it extremely handy to use.
Everything you can do with the full Google Doc suite on a PC is now accessible on an iPad with this app.
Google Docs is great for sharing docs with friends, especially if you update them frequently. Only thing I don’t like is that it runs on Google Drive. I much prefer Dropbox to Google Drive.
Google Docs is used by professionals, teachers and students alike. It is a great tool for creating spreadsheets, written documents and presentations. But it's not like using Microsoft Word to create a document. When Google Docs is used by teachers and students, teachers are able to review what students are writing at the exact moment it is being written and subsequently they are able to comment on the content basically in live time. Moreover, Google Docs allows you to share your documents, any of your content with anyone else using Google Docs at the same time for them to be a part of what you are doing. This is then ideal for a classroom group project or assignment.
This is yet another great tool and resource for the classroom.
Google Docs is a very essential tool for every educator; it creates effective way of teaching and monitoring learners. It keeps everyone and everything at the same page, with this tool educators are able to deal with large number of learners more effectively assigning them roles of editing documents and also giving them assignments. The tool does not only let you create different kinds of documents but also store documents. Google Docs is free for anyone who wants to use it, with an internet connection you can access files, documents from any computer anywhere any time in the world but also there are some things you can do with the tool without internet. This tool enables the work of an educator easier as it makes research work easier.I recommend this tool to any educator who really wants to achieve objectives for every lesson without much straining and also keep his learners close to him or her.
I've been using Google Docs for a year now and I find it a very useful and practical tool most especially in online researches and educators in making online presentations and forms. It's simply a one stop website tool that is a great alternative for Microsoft office products. It has different templates to choose from when you are making a report. Google Docs can also form group presentations and you can collaborate and share with your group on the documents you are making with an automatic save on your changes in a very easy way because of Google Drive. This will also help you a lot on editing reports from your students or co teachers and bosses. I recommend this to all.
Google Documents allows users to upload, create, and edit documents online. Instead of carting around a flashdrive or emailing documents, one can upload or even create the file using this tool.
Google Documents can be a useful tool for writing courses or for those who do not own Microsoft Office programs. Other than this, for the Kindergarten or Elementary classrooms, this tool is not helpful. For a teacher, it might be useful for working on various documents between home and work but, other than this, this tool is not useful.
If you do not have Microsoft Office (which is not a free package), Google Docs is a good, free alternative. A web-based application, Google Docs gives you the capability to create different kinds of online documents including word-processed documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and tables. However, the suite of products that Google Docs offers are not as robust as those of Microsoft Office.
Unlike Microsoft Office, Google Docs gives you the option to share your documents with others via one of the world's most well-known search engines, which makes it a great collaborative tool. Google Docs is a great way for teachers to share files with students and parents, or for students to turn in their assignments to teachers. I would definitely recommend using Google Docs for file sharing, but not for its office suite.
Google Docs is great if you do not have access to the latest form of Microsoft Office products. You can create a document or a spreadsheet. However, I found it a little awkward to work with on a project that required a spreadsheet. It was hard to see the entire document and go easily from one place to another. I prefer Microsoft Excel; if you don't have it or if you are collaborating with a group on a project and you need to send changes back and forth, this is a good option.
I really can't think of a better tool for collaborative writing and editing. Google Docs offers appropriate controls so that I can maintain specific groups and track the progress of those groups on cooperative research and writing projects. The writing tools are familiar to students, so there is no learning curve for any student who has ever used Microsoft Word or a similar program. Google Docs can get "glitchy" with longer documents, however. It can be frustrating for students when the doc reloads and work is lost. I hope as Google continues to work on it there will be more stability for larger files.
I have used Google Docs for both professional and personal projects. While it is handy for sharing documents with other users, Google Docs requires a bit of patience and practice. However, I enjoy using Google Docs when we use it to share worksheets, lesson plans and agendas with other teachers. We have also used it to help students track their progress in collaborative projects so that team members are kept up to date while being able to add and monitor changes.
I use it to upload the lots of documents I need to share with students and colleagues. Integration with calendar is definitely useful to share the timeline of assignments, deadlines, examinations and meetings.
I've been using this tool professionally and personally for about 2 years now. I've just started introducing the faculty and staff and my school to Google Docs and we having starting using it for Accreditation purposes. Teachers share and collaborate on documents for Accreditation. A few of the grade levels at my school are also starting to use Google Docs to share and collaborate on documents during their grade level meetings and in between.
I'm sorry that you have to deal with the annoying popups on your homepage from a certain someone who constantly updates oodles of documents… There's a simple solution to the problem you experienced about google docs. In the left column of your homepage, click "Collections shared with me." Right-click on the specific collection that troubles you, and select "Don't show in home." Problem solved.
I can't say much beyond what has already been said. I do plan on pushing my use of google docs to the extreme by implementing standards based grading. My ability to immediately upload scores based on specific standards, have my students view and respond to their assessments, and reflect about what they need in order to improve academically is a wonderful use of google docs.
What can I say? Google Docs rocks. Since rolling out Google Apps for Education at our school (K-8, around 1000 students & staff), most our older students have quickly made Google Docs their number one choice for their school work done on a computer. No more issues of different computing platforms or programs being a pain, your doc will work and look the same on any computer you use. Many teachers are well on their way to creating a near-paperless collaborative classroom, sharing notes and creating worksheets that students can complete online, and in real time! Google Forms make surveys and data collection a snap – and can be used to create simple, self-grading online quizzes (check out Flubaroo . . . do it). I also personally use a Google Spreadsheet as my markbook too.
Google Docs is just one great asset to having Google Apps for Education – if you district/school is looking for something to ease communication and collaboration, do yourself a favour and look into it.
Two ideas that may save a bit of time for you. First you can create a folder (a.k.a. collection in Google Docs) and set privacy settings for that folder. Anything you drag and drop into that folder will automatically be given those settings. You can share that folder with each student, and they will see that folder in their Google Docs page under "Collections shared with me". Alternatively, you can upload a doc as a template. Students would then be able to download a copy of your doc as a template for their own use (a really handy way for students to use Docs to fill out worksheets).
I share your frustration with the privacy settings, Jennifer. I certainly appreciate Google's concern with my privacy. However, I wonder if there is a way to set public sharing as a default? Maybe we can get some google apps people to weigh in here.
I use Google Docs to upload documents to my website. I have a calendar for each class. At times, it is very useful to be able to link assignments to the calendar, which Google Docs makes easy to do. Students can download the assignments if they misplace them or were absent on the day they were handed out. My only frustration is that it can be a bit time consuming to upload all of the documents and change the privacy setting to public so the link is accessible to everyone.
I use Google Docs in a fairly unique way. Though the basic functionality can be understood and utilized in a day, Google Docs has a suite of excellent data-driven tool.
Google Forms is an effective tool to create quizzes and distribute quizzes, while providing grading transparency to students, if your classroom offers individualized computers. Though it is not the intended use of the app and there is not enough space here to expound, I'd be happy to explain it to any interested persons. Don't hesitate to reach out!
Only one thing to say, if you don't yet use Google Docs (and Apps) give it a shot! Google Docs are a perfect tool for the modern, flipped, and/or wired classroom. In combination with @Hapara you might just have a winning combo!
It feels silly to even write this review. Google docs has such widespread adoption by educators that writing a review for it is like writing a review for air or water. It is the ingress for most teachers to cloud computing. The simple interface allows an author to create any simple document they want with basic formatting. Sharing is simple and powerful. It makes asynchrous collaboration a cinch. I do have on pet peeve, however. If someone shares a document with you, there doesn't appear to be a way to get it out of your home menu. If many documents are shared with you, home gets pretty cluttered.