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What is Google Docs?

(from Google for Educators) Google Docs is an easy-to-use online word processor, spreadsheet and presentation editor that enables you and your students to create, store and share instantly and securely, and collaborate online in real time. You can create new documents from scratch or upload existing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. There's no software to download, and all your work is stored safely online and can be accessed from any computer.


Why Google Docs in the Classroom?



How is it different than Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point?
• Online, allows for use on any computer
• Multiple people can collaborate on the same product (even at the same time)
• Allows easy teacher access for student files
• Comments and history allows for better feedback and teacher assessment
• Free (no home compatibility issues)


Example Google Docs Classroom Project

Google Docs Presentation of Ideas
TagMirror

Day in the life of a Docs Student
Google Docs in the Classroom Ideas List

Tutorials

Atomic Learning Tutorials
Expert Village Tutorials
The Basics
Tips and Tricks

Resources

Google for Educators Homepage
Teaching Google Docs/Collaborative Writing
Google Docs Templates
Grading with Google Docs