10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs

google-docs-fi10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs

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  1. Collaborate with colleagues

Use Docs to collaborate with your colleagues on joint lesson plans or training materials in real-time, and to create shared calendars for cross-classroom activities.

  1. Keep a running record of staff meeting notes

Take meeting notes in a Google Doc and share the notes with your fellow staff. Staff members can access the notes from any device at any time, as well as add comments or suggestions to the notes.

  1. Improve your students’ writing skills

For group assignments, you can have students work collaboratively on a writing project, and give them ongoing and simultaneous feedback. Need visibility into which student did what? Use revision history to hold students accountable for their work.

  1. Set up a peer review system

Give students responsibility for providing feedback on another student’s work by “Suggesting” changes and leaving comments in Docs. Students can also easily tag each other in comments to notify peers, or use the chat feature to communicate with other people who are viewing the same document in real time.

  1. Share or publish student work

Multiple sharing settings allow you to publish student work by sharing it within your class, within your school or district, or by making it public on the web. You can even share a student’s work with their parents to showcase their accomplishments.

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  1. Translate letters home to parents

For convenience, you can use docs to translate letters, permission slips, and newsletters home to parents and guardians.  Access Google Translate right from Docs and make translating a breeze.

  1. Gift your students easy reference tools

Teach your students how to easily utilize reference tools with Google Docs’ built-in access to a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia.

  1. Liven up your assignments with visuals and graphics

You can search Google Images, Time Magazine, and stock photos directly from within Docs to add images and gifs to your assignments.

As an added bonus, you can make the text in images and PDFs editable by simply opening them within Google Docs. (YouTube example)

  1. Work with any file type

We know that sometimes your students and colleagues use Office files, but don’t worry because Google Docs is compatible with other document software, making it easy to work with any file type regardless of which is used.

  1. Work on the go or offline

Work on the go: Download and use the Google Docs mobile app to make last minute tweaks when away from your desktop or laptop.
Work offline: Google Docs offers offline creation and editing, too. Enable offline syncing in order to download files to your device and edit them offline. When an internet connection is reestablished, Docs will automatically sync and update your files to the cloud.

10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs

  1. Jay Carlin says

    I’m a HUGE Google Docs fan. We use it daily in my school. It’s made my life as a teacher more productive, and has given me new ways to assess students that were previously not possible or too time consuming.

    However, I have to emphasize that #6, “Translate letters home to parents” using Google Translate is an absolutely terrible, TERRIBLE idea. Do NOT use Google Translate for something as important as a letter home to parents — there are simply too many things that can go wrong in the translating process.

    99% of the students at our school are non-native English speakers, and many of the parents of students speak little to no English at all. Google translate might come in handy for individual words, or as a study tool, or for many other things, even in a classroom setting. But Google Translate is still not good enough to translate entire paragraphs while maintaining the original meaning, especially depending on the language.

    A Chinese-speaking parent at our school recently viewed our school’s webpage that had been “Auto-Translated” into Chinese from the original English via Google Translate, and threw a fit, because the translation was so poor and borderline offensive, using the wrong forms of words, etc. The parent was under the impression that was our officially translated Chinese page. Now we’re having to do all sorts of damage control and actually allocate school resources to create and official Chinese-language webpage.

    Teacher-Parent contact is extremely important, and nuance matters. Get someone to help when doing this very important task — it’s easy to find someone to help translate into all sorts of languages nowadays online.

    1. Melinda Dyke says

      As a world language teacher, I agree 100% with your comments. Using Google Translate to communicate with non-English speaking parents will only lead to more communication issues.

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