Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tech Tool Rotation #1 Google Docs

Google Docs - The End of Flash Drives - Presented by Erica Hartman

What can you do with Google Docs?

  • Promote group collaboration

    Google Docs Presentations

  • Keep track of grades, attendance, or

    any other data
  • Facilitate writing as a process
  • Teach revision. proofreading and editing skills
  • Create quizzes and tests using spreadsheets forms,
  • Encourage collaborative presentation skill
  • Collaborate on a document with fellow teachers
  • Maintain, update and share lesson plans
  • Track and organize cumulative project data
Connection make the difference!
Students love that they can see that their partner is or is not doing their part on the project by checking the document history.
Students also twinkle when they see that their partner is online at the same time that they are and are editing their document.

Inserting footnotes enables them to make comments, suggestions. It is added as a popup on the side of the document.
The variety of templates available simplifies the creation process. Just make sure to retitle the template when it goes into your docs.
Students can also Insert Comments by selecting the item from the menu.

Google Spreadsheets

Tip- make sure you always set the time settings so it updates correctly
Simple use- se to have student record the number of minutes they are reading independently
Highlight data to create chart

Google Gadgets
Able to highlight and select data and then create a gadget
Screencast on inserting charts and gadgets in spreadsheets

Google Forms

Use forms for students to evaluate their blogs or anything
Use forms for voting and then use the Google Analytics to analyze the data

Google Apps for Education and Docs
Hosts it on her own domain created on GoDaddy for under $5.00 as opposed to using one though Google
Students share all docs with the teacher and their partner
Students cannot access email and Google chat
On the Link Library there is an example of permission form for students use of gmail for students under the age of 13

Writing curriculum with other teachers

IDEA - Boot Camp for Parents

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