Weekly Wonder #5 Google Doc’s

Google Doc’s will not be a “new” technology to many of you but it is still one that I find really useful and I continue to develop ways in which I use it each and every time I do work with my students.

Here is a link “Interesting Ways to use Google Doc’s” and a link to Tom Barrett’s “Interesting Ways” series whihc is a fantastic starting point to see and share ideas on how to use technology in the classroom.

There are literally a thousand and one uses for this technology in the classroom. It is flexible, collaborative and easy to use. It is a free resource that students can access on most smart phones. I have personally used it for the following activities:

  • Sharing initial research/interesting article summaries of a new topic, (Presentation)
  • Sharing lesson objectives and mark criteria, (Presentation)
  • Presentation work, (Presentation)
  • Peer feedback and self assessment tasks, (Presentation/Word Processor)
  • Student Voice, (Form)
  • Collaboration on new Schemes of Learning, (Word Processor)
Below is an example of a presentation, which is also embedded on the VLE:

Like most of the tools highlighted in this blog, using the tool on it’s own does not bring about all of the advantages associated with e-learning but when these are combined with other collaborative and creative tools that enhance and engage learners then there is more benefits for students and teachers alike.


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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