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Google docs

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Google Search Appliance - outdoors at IMMA





Access files from anywhere

Files are not stored on a computer (internet access required)


Must sign up for a google account

Multiple people can collaborate at the same time

Does not include all features of MS Office (not frequently used formatting options may not be available)

Automatic saving

Speed of work depends on internet connection

Very easy to use and learn


Chat options allow you to keep notes of virtual meetings




Summary/general use:


Documents, presentations, spreadsheets, drawings, and forms are all things possible with Google docs.  Google docs allows you to create and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. 

You can store your creations online and access them from any computer, anytime.  It allows you to create and share your work online.  You can create, edit, or upload quickly existing documents, spreadsheets, and

presentations, or create new ones from scratch. 


Google docs is great for use in education.  Because Google Docs is an easy-to-use online word processor, spreadsheet and presentation editor it enables both instructors and students the ability 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.


Google docs does not have the ability to promote creativity or higher order thinking skills on its own.  It is how the instructor chooses to use Google docs and the projects assigned that will promote higher order

thinking.  For example, as an instructor of a Teen Leadership course, I might assign students to complete a presentation on the eight cues of a first impression.  Included in the presentation must be images, and video

demonstrating each of the eight cues.  By creating the presentation and using images and video, the presentation will include more than mere facts.  By requiring that the students demonstrate each of the cues,

higher order thinking will take place during the creation.  This is just one example.  The application of Google docs in education seems limitless.  Students have the opportunity to work collaboratively or individually. 

A group can be as big or small as needed, students can work simultaneously or at different times.  The possibilities are as wide as the instructor’s imagination. 


The following links provide more Google docs insight from an educators perspective:





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