Using Google Docs
June 09, 2008
Instead of Microsoft Word, I now use Google Docs with all of my students. Google Docs will work with any web browser, there are no updates, there's nothing to download, it auto saves, and it allows for accountability with a date of completion. The collaboration feature allows students to develop Online teams to complete projects, and I can monitor who does what and when in the assignment.
I also use Google Spreadsheets for shared online rubrics with each student. Have students sign up for Gmail at the beginning of the school year. I suggest in the format Last Name.First Name @ Gmail.com. Take advantage of Docs, Spreadsheets, and the (shared) Calendar which is great for lesson plans. Google Applications is a bonus plan that lots of schools are using. There’s control, added features, and it’s free.