Week 2: Google Docs

This weeks challenge is to take a look at Google Docs and learn a little about all the cool applications it has for educators.  For this challenge, we will all collaborate on the same document.

Congratulations to Marsha Audette for winning this week's Web 2.0 Wednesday Challenge!

1. Watch the video on using Google Docs.

2. Send me an e-mail mailto:mthornburgh@mv.k12.wa.us
saying that you would like to participate in this challenge.

3. I will then send you an invite to collaborate on our shared document.

4. Open the link provided. (You may have to sign in to your Google Account)

5. Add a quick message describing your favorite teacher and explaining why they were your favorite. Be sure to also include your name.  No need for an elaborate essay.  Try to keep your message under 140 characters.

6. That's it!  Your done with the challenge for this week.

7. If you would like, you can hit the (Share button and invite others to join in the collaboration.)

Follow along with the growing document here.

On Sept. 24, I will put the names of all of the people who have participated into a drawing for another fun prize. 

Google Docs Help Sheet

Google Docs in the Classroom

Google Docs Help
Teach Collaborative Revision with Google Docs

Google Docs Preso

Google Docs Templates

Collaborative Project Idea Using Google Docs. (My class participate in this project last year.)

Here's what you can do with documents:

  • Upload Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or text (or create documents from scratch).
  • Use our simple WYSIWYG editor to format your documents, spell-check them, etc.
  • Invite others (by e-mail address) to edit or view your documents and spreadsheets.
  • Edit documents online with whomever you choose.
  • View your documents' and spreadsheets' revision history and roll back to any version.
  • Publish documents online to the world, as Web pages or post documents to your blog.
  • Download documents to your desktop as Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, HTML or zip.
  • Email your documents out as attachments.
This is a great tool for teacher collaboration, but also wonderful for students.  Students 14 and over, can create and use their own accounts. Students under the age of 14 will need to log on to a teacher created account.  (I am happy to share how I did this with my 6th graders last year if you are interested.)

Subpages (1): Favorite Teacher
Martha Thornburgh,
Sep 9, 2008, 7:40 PM