Drive and Docs with Students
The following topics are essential for successfully and efficiently using your Google Drive and Docs in the classroom.
Creating Templates for Student Use (Screencast Tutorial)
- Create a document (of any type)
- Publish for everyone to see (but not edit!)
- Link to it from a Doc or Site.
- Have students Make a copy
- They can then use it as needed.
Publishing Documents and Files (Screencast Tutorial)
- Click on the Share button again.
- The first line of that pop up menu controls the published state of the document. The default is Private.
- To change that, click Change.
- In your Google Apps account, you have five options:
- Public on Web
- Anyone with the Link
- Public in your Google Apps Domain *
- Anyone with the Link in your Domain *
- Private *
- * You must be logged in to view or edit the document.
- Once you publish it, a URL will appear in the sharing box. You can copy and paste that link to share with your class or create an assignment in Google Classroom.
Interacting in Docs
- Adding Comments (Screencast Tutorial)
- Highlight the word or words your comment will be referencing.
- Go to Insert in the Google Docs menu bar and down to Add Comment
- A box on the right side of the screen will appear. Type your comment or question.
- Discussions (See Adding Comments screencast)
- Discussions are part of the comments feature. Once someone has comment, other document collaborators can respond to the comments. E-mails are sent to everyone involve when new comments are added. This allows asynchronous collaboration on a Doc.
- Chat (Screencast Tutorial)
- When more than one user is editing a document, a note will appear on the top right of the Google Docs menu bar. If you click on that message, a chat window will open up on the right side of the screen.
Shared Folders - Individual Student Folders (Screencast Tutorial)
- Have each student create a collection with a naming convention you decide upon.
- Then students need to share that collection with the teacher.
- The teacher then files the student collections into a separate collection.
- As students complete work, they add it to their shared collection, automatically giving the teacher viewing and editing rights.