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Google Drive in Plain English

The Basics
  • Creating a new document, presentation, spreadsheet, collection & form
  • Inserting comments
  • Searching the template gallery
  • Creating “Collections” or folders
  • Chatting within a document
More Advanced
  • Uploading and converting documents etc
  • Sharing Collections
  • Privacy settings
  • Setting editing rights for non Google users
  • Revision history
  • Emailing from Collections
  • Advanced settings in forms
  • Adding bookmarks to documents
  • Making a Collection public for non-google users
  • Notifications on Google forms

Activity 1: Presentation
  • Basic - Think about if you could be somewhere else today (I know this may be hard to do).
    • Steps in the process:
      • Open this shared Google Presentation
      • Insert a new slide.
      • Make the title your name
      • Write a brief description about where you would like to be
      • Insert an image or video to go along with your description.
  • Advanced - Spend some time importing slides from another presentation into one. Add it to our shared collection or watch this video and try your hand at something similar.

Activity 2: Document
  • Basic - Pair up with a partner. One partner will create a new document, share it with your partner &
    • Title the document with your first names
  • You will then use the document to collaborate at the same time. Try and come up with 5 different ways you can use Docs in your classroom, school, or district to "go green" and reduce copying, ink & paper. (ex. post a link to class newsletter)
    • Insert comments to suggest changes or revisions.
    • Try to CHAT with other "viewers" in your group.
  • Together we will "turn in" the assignment into the collection called "Classroom Tools"
    • You will have to wait till I share the collection with you
  • Advanced - Spend some time uploading some of your documents that you want to put in Google. Create a new collection and share it with your partner(s). Then, add any appropriate, unshared, documents to the folder. Test the sharing rights and see what happens to the documents.

Activity 3: Forms
  • Basic - Your objective is create one form that you can implement immediately in your classroom or office to (1) reduce waste (2) save time and (3) collect feedback or information.
    • Steps in the process:
      • Create a new form.
      • Select the appropriate question types.
      • Apply a theme of your choice.
      • Test your form out. Get at least three people to respond to your form.
      • Use Form > Show summary of responses to get a quick overview of how people responded
  • Advanced - Try your hand at creating a form that branches.

Activity 4: Spreadsheets
  • Basic - Your objective is to use a spreadsheet collaboratively to figure out who serves a healthy lunch.  
    • Steps in the process:
      • Form a group of 4 or 5
      • One group member needs to go to the template gallery.
      • Select the Calorie Fast Food (lesson) Template.
      • Share the Calorie Template with the rest of your group members. 
      • Each group member needs to open the template and select a restaurant
      • Go to the website and fill in the spreadsheet with information about what you would order for one meal.
      • Watch how the graphs and data changes as everyone in the group adds their information
  • Advanced - Spend some time looking through the template gallery at templates that are there for you to use.