With CBE now on “the drive”, I thought it best to share a resource I used when introducing Google Apps for Education at Clarence Sansom.
Why Google Docs?
Google Docs is growing in popularity in a person’s tool of preference. Google Docs offers many benefits for teachers and students. A few are outlined below:
When you create and or store files in your Google Docs account, those files are available through any computer with Internet. This means that you don’t have to send file attachments to yourself via email, carry a flash drive, or worry about file compatibility.
- Also, think of not having to deal with file encryption!
With Google Apps for Education (GAFE), everything is automatically saved in the cloud – 100% powered by the web. This means that emails, documents, your calendar and sites can be accessed and edited on almost any mobile device.
The collaboration options in Google Docs makes it a great tool for editing your students’ writing as well as making it a great tool for peer-editing. Students can share documents with your or with each other. Once a doc is shared, a group of students can work together on a piece of work, seeing changes in real time rather than waiting for versions to be sent via email. Comments and suggestions can be placed in the margins of the doc. This frees you up to spend more time on teaching and learning.
Files (docs, presentations, spreadsheets) that you create can be published to the web from your Google account. Rather than running off paper copies of a document, post that document to the web through Google Docs. If you have a blog or website the link to your document can be posted for students.
Google Forms (a part of Google Docs) can be used to create and post short quizzes online. Forms can be embedded into blogs and websites or simply posted online as stand- alone pages. When students complete the quiz all of their responses are captured in a spreadsheet for easy viewing and grading.
- An advanced feature in Google Forms is the option to create a self-grading multiple choice/ true or false assessment – but I haven’t learnt this yet…
GAFE includes dozens of security features designed to keep data safe, secure and in your control. Your data belongs to you and Apps tools enable you to control it, including who you share it with and how you share it.
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