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Google Docs are an attempt by Google to create an online word processing application. The application has a similar feel to other word processing tools, such as tables, fonts, colours, spell check. It has some step-up features that make is an excellent tool to use in the classroom. The key feature is that the document can be altered in real time, and that contributors to the documents can chat with each other using a side bar. You need a google account to create a google doc.






Practical examples to support learning


Extended Writing Responses in Economics  Small class used this document to plan an extended response question. I directed the class discussion first using the document on the projector. As I brought up the main points they needed to type in a rough plan as a group. Once the plan was created, the members of the class picked separate paragraphs to explain and elaborate. In the following lesson the class used the highlighter function to identify pieces of the work that they did not understanding. I could ask the writer to clarify their point.


Internal Assessment Articles As a class we want to record articles which are of interest to our current teaching. These could be used a later date. Once the student has referenced an article they add a small synopsis to the document.


Here are just a few other ingenious ideas to support learning

  • Promote group collaboration and creativity by having your students record their group projects together in a single doc.
  • Facilitate writing as a process by encouraging students to write in a document shared with you. You can check up on their work at any time, provide insight and help using the comments feature, and understand better each students strengths.
  • This is especially good for reflection in the Visual Art subjects and to keep a journal. They can share the link of their google doc with the teacher.
  • Google Docs could also be useful for Extended Essay and Personal Project work, where the teacher has a link to the evolving piece of work.




Exercises to try



  1. Watch the Google Docs in Plain English video above.
  2. Open Google Docs by using the link here http://docs.google.com/a/email.iss.edu.sg/
  3. Then sign-in using your school username and password you created for you Google Grade Book.
  4. You will need to click on inbox, then documents at the top of the next page.
  5. Click on the document called "Ideas for using Google Documents in the classroom"
  6. Open the chat function down the right hand side to see who else is viewing the documents. 
  7. Add your ideas to one of the boxes on the screen. Choose to insert a comment by using the menu bars at the top.



  1. Complete all of the novice tasks above.
  2. From left menu of Google Docs on Create New button then choose New Document. 
  3. This will open a new tab and a new document for you to use.
  4. Name the file by clicking at the top
  5. Copy in some simple text and try to change font and colours.
  6. See if you can create a URL link to a website
  7. Drop and drag a picture from your desktop into the Google Doc.
  8. Choose the sharing button at top right of your Google Doc
  9. Click on change button next to permissions
  10. Then you will see the options below. Click so that it matches below, so any member of ISS with the link can edit.
  11. Then on the next screen share your document with another teacher by typing in their name in the bottom box.
  12. Once your partner has also added you, you can go back to the Google Docs tab and see the new document that you have been invited to. 




  1. Complete both the basic and apprentice sections above
  2. Find out how to Export the document as a PDF or Word Document to your computer.
  3. Click the Insert menu -> Comments next to a piece of writing
  4. Go back to your Google Doc Account. Create a folder using menu on left and then drag your documents into these folders.
  5. You can also create tags for docuements to help you remember what lesson or topic these relate to.



  1. Complete all of the sections above
  2. Choose the file menu of an opened Google Doc and find See Revision History - this will allow you to track how students are changing the document and when they are doing this.
  3. Choose the Tools menu at top to Translate the document into a different language.
  4. Export the translated document to your desktop (this could be added to studywiz later as a PDF)





Further reading/exploration


This is a really good overview about the difference between a wiki and blog and Google doc. The differences are very subtle and hard to articulate, but this document does an ok job at contrasting the three options https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddnzwcn8_15g3jrbpdf


See here for a very indepth view of Google Docs (documents, spreadsheets, presenter, drawing)



Below is a good step by step worksheet on setting up Google Docs



The following link if for a Extended Course run by Google on using docs in the classroom




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