Did you know that you can type a document on Google Drive and save it in template mode? Students can then use it as a worksheet, only modifying their individual assignment. This is a great strategy for small groups to collaborate on ideas and organize research, or simply work independently on an assignment. Students love this because they can type their work and edit it later. Teachers love it because they can access their work at any point to make sure they are on task and creating beautiful work. Students also rarely loose their work this way!
Templates allows for easy differentiation or individualized instruction, as you can share different documents with different students. You can write personal notes, give hints, create scaffolds based on the needs of each student.
Here is a video for how to do this:
To learn more cool Google hacks, come to the Google Help workshop with Larry and Travis at lunch on Tuesday January 17th from 12:15-12:55 in my room.
Some more cool links to Google hacks:
A couple hacks from Teacher Priorities:
- Using My Maps to make collaborative Interactive Maps!
- 5 Easy Ways to Make The Best Surveys with Google Forms