Tips for Integrating Google Docs Into the Classroom
This is also an opportunity to teach
Hello, I'm Milo De Prieto for About.com and today we are talking about some tips for integrating Google Docs into the classroom.Since Google Docs is similar to other word processing programs, the learning curve is quick and easy and you can get right into implementation. The pro of Google Docs is that since it exists on the cloud, it is accessible from anywhere with Internet connection and multiple people can participate at once on a project. The con of Google Docs is that you require an Internet connection. There are obviously some great opportunities here for extending learning into the home, but do not assume all students have Internet without discretely finding out beforehand. Communicating with the parents may also be an opportunity to get them involved in the upcoming projects as well.The first step to using Google docs is to create a Google profile. This does not have to be anything more than an email, but each student may need one. You can create a class email as well that everyone shares. The downside to that is that you may not be able to track who is doing what as easily. This however may not be important.This is also an opportunity to teach social network etiquette and responsibility. Students can learn the difference between a professional profile and a personal one. While different generations look at the boundaries differently certain consensus still apply. As a teacher it is essential that you have a professional persona distinct from your personal one online. Google may prompt you to continue with other related services in their network but this is not necessary.Here are some ideas for using Google Docs:For more education tips and helpful information, check us out at About.com.