What is Google Docs?

Who is using Google Docs?

People who use Web 2.0 tools and people from all over the world--businessmen, businesswomen and educators and administrators in Pennsylvania.

Where do I go to get to Google Docs?

Click on the link to go to Google Docs

Why would I want to use Google Docs?

  • To create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF's and forms online
  • To collaborate and share documents in real-time
  • To access your files away from home without using a thumb drive
  • To increase students' ability to collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • To make ALL students in a group accountable for the group work
  • To peer edit documents
  • To create professional documents using templates
  • To expand "gadgets" to a full sheet

What do I need to create a Google account?

All you need is an e-mail address to create your Google account.

How do I create a Google account?

Follow the Google link and click on "Get Started."

How do my students create a Google account if the student does not have an e-mail account?

Student accounts may be created through the use of the teacher's e-mail account. This way all of the mail received will be sent to the teacher's e-mail account. Also, consider using a username and a password format that is specific to your class. An example is as follows:

username: bestproctory+flbbusiness1@fortleboeuf.net

password: flbybp22

Remember to save the usernames and passwords in a safe place in case you need to refer to them at a later date. For the safety and security of the student, do NOT use the last name of a student in a Google account.

Where can I go to learn more about Google Docs?

Take a Tour of Google Docs

Overview for Educators
Using Google Docs in the Classroom: Easy as ABC
Tips and Tricks
Basic Introduction Videos
Basic Editing Videos
Advanced FeaturesVideos

What are some examples on how to use Google Docs in the social studies classroom?

Students keep track of grades
Plan a trip to another country and record expenses to visit the country
Peer editing
Collaboration on writing a paper
Country presentation
U.S. Census Data

What are the limitations of Google Docs?

Google Docs will NOT accept files from Microsoft Office 2007.
Although documents can be shared with up to 200 people, documents may be edited/reviewed by up to 10 people at one time.
Spreadsheets may be edited/reviewed by up to 50 people at one time.

21st Century Skills for Social Studies Students

The National Council for the Social Studies created a framework for integrating 21st century skills into social studies curriculum. The link takes you to the map listing 21st century skills for grades 4, 8 and 12.