UW Google Apps

Google Docs

Google Docs is a free web-based office suite containing tools for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and online forms. Users can create new documents or upload existing Microsoft Office documents to edit and share in Google Docs with others.

Real-time online collaboration is one of the main features of Google Docs, which allows multiple users to produce and edit the same documents in a virtual group atmosphere. More details on each of the tools are listed below:

Key Features

  • Documents
    Word processing application that allows you to create and edit documents.
  • Presentations
    Create and edit slideshows or presentations with this tool.
  • Spreadsheets
    Manage data and perform simple calculations with Spreadsheets.
  • Forms
    Create online questionnaires and surveys with the Forms tool.
  • Drawings
    Draw mind-maps, diagrams, and other simple shapes in the Drawings tool.
  • Connect more apps
    Add other popular and useful applications to your Google Drive for increased functionality, usability, and convenience.

Uses for Google Docs

  • Open up a discussion in the classroom by sharing course notes with the entire class and letting students comment on the notes.
  • Post and share study guides with your students and have them fill out the guide together.
  • Give students live feedback on an assignment by having them share the document with you in a virtual conference.
  • Create surveys using Forms to gauge student opinions about the course
  • Produce collaborative brainstorming sessions by sharing a document with your students and having them contribute ideas live.
  • Create sign-up sheets with Spreadsheets to have students assign themselves to groups, presentation times, etc.

The following video is a webinar conducted by Google with faculty discussing potential ways that instructors can use Google Docs in their work.

Note: the video is about an hour long.


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