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Description

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.

Pricing

Plan
Price
Details
Google Docs
Free
Unlimited documents.

Reviews

Jack West
Verified Educator Badge

Sequoia High School

Friday, February 24, 2012

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.
Mitch Weathers
Verified Educator Badge

Sequoia High School

Sunday, March 04, 2012

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!
People found this review Helpful: 1 and Creative: 1 Benjamin Levy

Helms Middle School

Thursday, March 15, 2012

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!
mark townsend

civics teacher at landen public school district

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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.
Jack West
Verified Educator Badge

Sequoia High School

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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.
Chris Hiltz
Verified Educator Badge

at Hopewell Avenue Public School

Friday, April 13, 2012

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).
Chris Hiltz
Verified Educator Badge

at Hopewell Avenue Public School

Friday, April 13, 2012

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.
Matt Sahagun
Verified Educator Badge

at Woodside High School

Monday, April 16, 2012

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.
Matt Sahagun
Verified Educator Badge

at Woodside High School

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hi Jack,

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.
Michael Fricano II
Verified Educator Badge

Technology Coordinator at Mililani Ike Elementary School

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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.
Tony Fisher

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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.

Unfortunately the process of setting permissions and privacy policy of documents it's a bit time consuming and very boring, but it's needed in order to share the link. Some time can be saved using the folder system.
Primrose Campbell

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I use this tool when I need to collaborate with other teachers in my department when writing exams, etc. It is easy to use and we don't all need to be in the same place to complete the task. The process of setting permissions and privacy policy of documents which is needed in order to share the link is a bit of a turnoff. Still learning to get the best from it though. I would recommend this tool. It is also useful for students doing group work to collaborate on projects.
Andrea Newby

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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.
Jill Mountain

Teacher at BBP Schools

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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.
Shunda Lyn

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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.
Julie Pickar

Early Childhood Ed Teacher and Freelance Copy Editor

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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.
Katrina Volberding

Saturday, September 01, 2012

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.
Marie Santos

Online English Tutor/ Health Care Provider

Sunday, September 02, 2012

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.
samwel bett

a teacher at Sirwa secondary school

Friday, September 07, 2012

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.
Georgina Chong-You

Teacher/Instructor at School/Home

Sunday, September 09, 2012

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.
TeachThought

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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TeachThought

Friday, November 16, 2012

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TeachThought

Monday, December 17, 2012

Google Docs is a user friendly suite of online collaborative tools that come with tremendous potential for use in the classroom. Last year all of the students in our school received Google Docs accounts and I was kept quite busy getting students and teachers up and running with the new tools, then discovering innovative ways to use them as...

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TeacherCast

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I am using Google documents for all writing assignments this year. The day I assign a formal essay topic, students must create a doc, title it properly and share it with me. This makes it possible for me to check their progress throughout the writing process. It creates opportunities to provide formative feedback instead of waiting until the final draft is submitted to provide comments. The challenge? How can a single teacher with 170 students provide feedback to every student multiple...

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