Google Docs for Teachers and Students

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.

Always wanted to try Google Docs in your classroom but didn’t know where to begin?  We’ve put together a handy-dandy step-by-step guide to help you get started

Some real-life example of Google Docs collaboration in action:

In October of 2007, Google held a “Global Warming Student Speakout”. We invited teachers to join us in a project that gave students from all over a chance to collectively brainstorm strategies for fighting global warming and have their ideas published in a full-page ad in a major newspaper. If you’re interested to see how we used Google for this, check out the Global Warming Student Speakout site.

Revision is a critical piece of the writing process—and of your classroom curriculum. Now, Google Docs has partnered with Weekly Reader’s *Writing for Teens* magazine to help you teach it in a meaningful and practical way. Download the PDF.


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