work on a shared document (spreadsheet, slides, text)
storage space accessible by your whole group
Google Docs is basically a suite of applications similar to Microsoft Office (or Mac equivalent). The added bonus is the ease of collaborating on the documents – limitless users can type and edit simultaneously. This opens up endless possibilities for use in the classroom as well as use in your professional exchanges. It means that a whole group of students can access a document at the same time (using laptops, desktops or mobile phones if they download the app) and write on it. It also means that a teacher can view, edit and comment on a student’s work as it is written, providing instant, focused feedback.
In professional exchanges, it means that you can create collaborative agendas, where you share a “Google Doc” will all group members and they can add their own ideas. There are a range of uses as Google Drive includes Docs, Sheets (spreadsheets), Slides and Forms.
First of all, you’ll need to register with Google for an account. Click here to do that (opens in a new tab). If you already have a Gmail account, you don’t need to register! View the video below to see the first steps of using Google Drive.
We’ve collated some examples of Google Docs, Slides and Forms being used in different contexts. Scroll through these below:
This “Doc” has been used to give learners an opportunity to practise identifying word classes. Learners participated from phones, laptops and desktops to change the font colour of different parts of the sentences to match the key at the top.
A Google Form has been used here to collect data at the beginning of the year. Students can access the survey from a link or an email.
Here, a student has been provided with a Google Doc by the teacher. As the student writes their answer, the teacher can view it and comment on their work, asking questions to support editing.
Here, students have used Google Slides to create a presentation. Each student in the group could work on their slides in the same document at the same time.