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Google Docs for DTL Post

November 29th, 2014 No Comments

Location: https://docs.google.com/ (App available on itunes, Google Drive & Android)

Summary: Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time. Here’s what you can do with Google Docs:

  • Upload a Word document and convert it to a Google document

  • Add flair and formatting to your documents by adjusting margins, spacing, fonts, and colors — all that fun stuff

  • Invite other people to collaborate on a document with you, giving them edit, comment or view access

  • Collaborate online in real time and chat with other collaborators — right from inside the document

  • View your document’s revision history and roll back to any previous version

  • Download a Google document to your desktop as a Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, HTML or zip file

  • Translate a document to a different language

  • Email your documents to other people as attachments

Content:

  • To get started, users need to register for a free account on Gmail.  Once registered, click to go to Google Drive.

  • When you are in Drive, click the red “NEW” button in the top left of your screen.

  • Scroll down to create a new Google Doc.

  • A new tab will automatically open with a Google Doc.

  • Type, Research, Add Tables, Pictures, Cite, and more.

  • After you are finished editing your document, you are free to share to others.

Common Core Standards that are addressed: Writing standards and more for various grades. Below is a summary of writing by common core topics this will fall under:

  • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information

  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • Producing and Distributing

  • Research and Present Knowledge

Strengths:

  • Ability to create documents online, in a free space, with unlimited resources, support, and collaboration.

  • There is an offline option.

  • It is easy to use.

  • There are no Ads.

  • Multiple users can edit

  • Documents can be shared

  • Works with Google Classroom

Weaknesses:

  • If you are not familiar with Google, it may take practice to get use to the features.

  • The app for Google Doc is not as easy to navigate as the site; there are also less add-ons for the app (like Draftback and research tool).

Video/other link that highlights the best features of this sources:

Teaching Common Core Standards with Google Apps

Resources:

(2014). Overview of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides – Google Help. Retrieved November 29, 2014, from https://support.google.com/docs/answer/49008?hl=en.

(2009). Common Core State Standards Initiative: Home. Retrieved November 29, 2014, from http://www.corestandards.org/.

(2012). Teaching Common Core Standards with Google Apps … Retrieved November 29, 2014, from https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/101MoV1JX2FzrLk8-HUIxzzIEx2HGNAsrKIPrHl-8Dxw/embed?hl=en&size=s.

Overall Rating: 5/5

 

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