One thing people miss from Microsoft are the templates. No fears, Google has you covered!
When you are in the Drive application you wish to use, go to New > From Template. A new tab opens up that may appear blank at first. It defaults to templates created and saved by Hallsville.org users (yes, we can create and save our own...think, common forms we use in the district).
From the top bar, you can choose "Public Templates". Once there, you can search and find what you are looking to use. When you find what you want, choose "Use this Template" and it will open a copy. You can rename it as your own at that point.
That's it! Easy, right?
Have you ever created a Doc, shared it, and instructed people to make a copy, but they start typing on it, causing all documents to be changed? If so, this will solve that problem!
This is not necessary if you are sharing through Google Classroom. This is only if you are sharing or emailing the Doc link out to people. Again, you do not need to do this if you are running it through Classroom.
When the user clicks on the bottom link, this is the screen they will get.
This is what their title will read.
Why would we need to do this? Forms teachers need to fill out (CARE team), reflection forms after PD sessions, Docs you need only a handful of students to fill out and return, etc. This prevents files from being ruined if deletions or edits occur.
When you create a document it is, by default, private and owned by you only. There are permissions you can change as the owner. I am here to walk you through what they all mean.
A box will pop up for you to set your sharing settings. It will look like the image to the right.
From here, you can add in the names of people you want to have permissions on this document. On the right side it says "Can edit". Click that for this dropdown menu.
Three options appear. People you share with can...
These options can always be changed by the owner at ANY time.
This document applies to any of the Google Drive programs. This will take you through how to share and change permissions for viewers.
Yep, you read that right. Google will cite your sources! In Google Docs, go to Tools on the toolbar, click research, and a popup screen will come up on the right side. It looks very much like the familiar Google Search we all know and love.
It's as easy as that! Search resources that are reliable through Google Scholar, use images you know you can use (there is an option where you can search for images that can be reused), and choose how you want it cited (MLA, APA, Chicago).
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom