Google Doc’s

Background
Richard Morley:

Why you used it?
I have used GoogleDocs for a Rewards Research Project, working collaboratively with other members of staff to record the points received by different tutor groups throughout the year.
Benefits
Everyone involved has access to the Excel-like spreadsheet, meaning it can be edited by everyone involved at any time, so unlike the shared area, two people can edit it at once.  It also has the benefit of being able to be set as Password-holders only, so only those involved can edit it- meaning no naughty children can access it and bump up their scores!
Drawbacks
I haven’t noticed any yet
Case Study
 

Gavin McIntyre:
Why you used it?
I originally used Google Doc’s to try something different with students. However, I quickly realised it’s potential for sharing and collaborating with students and staff. The first project I tried was using a form to collect Student Voice. This allowed easy collection of a significant number of students across all year groups. The results even provided a summary which analysed the data to a basic level. This used with student discussion became a very powerful tool in evaluating our course delivery etc.

I have also used it to allow students to collaborate on research topics. Again this allows the students to share their initial thoughts and some key findings. It is easy to embed the documents on a VLE or blog. I have used it to collaborate with members of department on the development of new schemes of work too.

Benefits
Easy to use and intuitive interface so there is no steep learning curve. No specialist software required other than an internet connection. Quick and efficient method of collecting a lot of data, e.g. student voice. Good way to back upi your work and the autosave feature is useful for students!

Drawbacks
None to mention.

Case Study/Examples:

Google Forms


Example Google Presentation:
Extra Resources and Links

OCR Nationals in ICT Level 3 Unit 20
CiDA Unit 3

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About St John's ICT

ICT Subject Learning Co-ordinator, responsible for whole school ICT, inteerested in Web 2.0 tools, using iPads and mobile devices, BYOD and connecting students and schools through ICT to enhance Teaching and Learning.
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