Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Best Google Doc and Presentation Templates

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Feb 25, 2014 7:25:49 AM

We create, we share, we borrow, we modify, we teach.

I've been trying to be more tech savvy to work smarter and have more time for meaningful connections with students.  One way I am accomplishing this goal is through use of google drive, google forms, google presentations and a host of other little tips and tricks that I share here weekly. (click those links for posts about how I'm incorporating each). I like using a lot of google products and services because they streamline together and for the most part my students have buy in to the google drive system for other areas of their lives so this becomes an academic way to use a tool already in their toolbox.  Not only are these services easy to use for creating and sharing classroom materials, there is also a super handy trick found in the google templates!  All you have to do is sign in to your google account, visit this templates page (or just search for google templates) and click to add to your drive and modify if necessary! There are tons of templates in the catalogue from google and from other users.  You can browse by category, like "Students and Teachers", or search using keywords.  Below are a couple of my favorites:

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Topics: Classroom Tech, google, teaching tips, technology, tips

How to Use Google Drive in the Classroom

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Aug 6, 2013 3:13:38 AM

 In the process of discerning my goals for the new school year, I've been surfing through the webiverse of teacher facebook-pinterest-youtube-blogs and I 've seen a lot of plans for incorporating more technology and working toward a paperless classroom.  If that is the kind of thing you are into, today I have a brief tutorial of Google Drive, which is a perfect tool for both!   My tutorial focuses on sharing documents with students and creating dropboxes for students to use to turn in assignments. I believe that these two functions are good jumping off points for most teachers.  I hope to revisit the idea of creating collaborative digital writing with Google docs a few months down the line.  Please share any questions, concerns, tips, or suggestions in the comment section below!

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Topics: Classroom Tech, google, google drive, technology, video, writing

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